Thoughts on learning Golf

Progress often depends on the amount of time on the task.

An instructor can provide information, but skill must come from the student.

Focus on what-to-do with the golf club rather than focus on trying to fix bad habits.

Golf is learned in steps and stages.

There is a point where golf becomes a self-taught game.
An instructor can make you aware of basic core knowledge - but as we start to train and practice, remember that we are teaching ourselves the game.

Golf Instructors cannot teach you, but they can help you learn a motor skill.

Ultimately, golf is a journey - full of learning and discovery

When on the golf course playing, do just that - play golf.  Do not get involved with swing theory.  Save any ideas for the practice range; on the course play golf.

Most golfers fail to reach their potential not because of a lack of talent as golfers, but because of their inability to be an efficient learner.

There are no shortcuts - golf requires patience and perseverance, with a yearning for learning.  Accepting the fact that it is a game of ups and downs and learning every time you play.

Do not push the process; trying to get it right will not accelerate learning.  We cannot think about improving; this will only distract us from real learning.

Everyone makes progress at different rates.

When it comes to learning golf, keep in mind everyone makes progress at different rates.  Well meaning friends, some who are accomplished golfers and some who are not, are all going to make suggestions on how to improve your game.  They will not be giving you information on learning to make progress.  They will be telling you what they think you should be doing, and there is a big difference.

Making progress with golf is mostly playful self-organization, playful self-development and playful self-discovery.  Learning is being engaged with the present and unconsciously mixes the indirect preparations of your past experiences.  Playful self-development and self-assessment, lead to progress.