It is human nature to seek comfort and avoid pain, however time and time again we experience some of the greatest rewards when we “suffer” through the pain and take all the blame. Seeking comfort in golf is what we call “following the herd.” It is easier to go with the flow of the herd and not face the reality that in order to improve there will be times results are not going to show up consistently. This is when understanding the value of a good investment pays off. You see, improving your game can be similar to making an investment in the stock market or in property. If you buy at the right price (in golf it is typically defined as when frustration is high and the game has continued to be a mystery and in the investment world, typically defined as low or bottom of market) you have a greater potential of bigger rewards later. In the beginning in may seem like a waste of an investment, but once the market finds momentum you may find yourself quickly gaining wealth. Most people that are only interested in comfort and avoiding any short-term pain will not see the rewards of this, missing out on the greatest opportunities for development.
Avoiding pain is what most golfers are seeking, looking for the easy way, the most comfortable way to “get” their games better. “Following the herd” is investing in the quick fix mentality, watching the Golf Channel, Youtube, going to the internet or reading Golf Digest or other golf magazines for your golf lessons. You are seeking comfort. This is a good way for you to “avoid” blame. Can’t be my fault, I am following what everyone else is doing, I saw it on the Golf Channel, so it must be the instructor or coaches’ fault.
If you are seeking measurable and sustainable gains in your golf portfolio, it is important to understand that having a plan and sticking with it through the lean periods or the short-term pain will yield greater rewards in the long run. Either way, the effort to avoid pain, avoid blame, staying with the herd, requires the same workload! If you are ready to invest in improving your game, be patient, the short term returns can be scarce, if you are looking to increase your golf portfolio value, it takes time and concentrated effort, it just doesn’t show up overnight!
Enjoy Your Journey!