April 24 2012
After a winless drought and lots of hard work, Ben Curtis is back on top after winning the Valero Texas Open. What's interesting is that over the last two weeks we have discussed two guys -- Bubba Watson and Carl Pettersson -- that haven't really changed their swings over the years and have elected to be their own swing coach. However, this week, we have a winner in Ben Curtis who has done lots of work to his swing and overall game to get back into the winner's circle.
During this time, I have thought a lot about much of the publicity that Bubba Watson and Carl Pettersson have received about their home-bred swings, and how this has perhaps slightly tainted today's coaching model that consists of swing instructors, trainers, sports psychologists, high speed cameras, launch monitors and more. Of course, working in the coaching business, I like to think we can help all golfers, but the reality is that golf instruction and technology is not for everybody.
So the question becomes: Is golf instruction for you? Here are a handful of things to think about, just as Ben Curtis did when he made the decision to change his swing and work on his game to get back on top.
1. Are you happy with your skillset? Every day at the TOUR Academies, we work to help golfers improve their skillset -- whether it's hit a draw off the tee, take a more consistent divot with the irons, improved bunker play, etc. Educating golfers on what they need to do to improve their skillset can be a great experience.
Key: Good information in the right order.
2. Are you happy with your approach to the game? One of the most important things in golf is managing your expectation level to the amount of time you are putting into it. Only you can decide your definition of fun. Educating golfers on what they need to do to help manage their time is an important issue to the popularity and growth of our sport.
Key: Good attitude with a balanced approach.
3. Are you taking responsibility with your game? There is no bigger distraction to one's game then blaming the golf course or others when it comes to measuring results. The reality is this: Golf is one of the most independent games you will ever play. As a golfer, you need to own your game, but also understand there are trained professionals that can help you in the areas of the game that may be in need of assistance.
Key: Take control of your game and own it.
Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here .