LEARNING IS LIKE READING A STOCK CHART-TREND IS KEY
Learning is like reading a stock chart, trend is key.
Fred Fruisen on learning and improving your golf.
Most people who take golf lessons are impatient. They believe that their instructor has a magic wand and can fix their swing flaws in an instant. This is a myth.
I am not aware of there ever being a case where a student has had their handicap go from 15 to scratch after a single lesson.
When you have a golf lesson you will get solid information from your instructor on why your shots are doing what they do and then you'll get equally good advice on how to fix the problem. After that it's up to you. Are you willing to change and put in the time and effort? If you hit a few bad shots and revert back to your old bad habits, you won't improve. If the only time you practice the new technique is when you have a golf lesson you won't improve very fast, if at all. If you only play rounds of golf and don't spend time hitting balls on the range, change is not likely to happen. It is proven that it takes 28 days of practice for a new motor skill
to feel natural. That means you need to practice away from the course so you won't be influenced by outcomes like score.
When practicing you also need to be patient with yourself and your progress. You must have faith in the process and have even more fortitude to stick with it.
As I tell my clients when frustrated while attempting to learn a new skill, “The old you is fighting the new you and one is going to win. If you allow the old you to win, this is as good as you will ever be. But if you stick with it, the new you will eventually win out and then you'll go to another level. But it will take time an patience.”
The other thing I impress on my students is that learning and improvement is not a constant. There will be ups and downs. The analogy I use is a stock chart.
The stock I will use to illustrate my point is Apple. Perhaps the best company in the world.
As you see in the chart, even Apple doesn't go up everyday. Each little spike on the stock chart represents a day. Learning works the same way. Some days its easy, others are a struggle. The reason being is what you are doing is uncomfortable and/or you just don't trust the new technique yet. This will especially be the case on the golf course. These “dips” in your learning are learning opportunities. Wise investors don't panic and sell when this happens. They understand that this is competely natural and if they stick with the stock, over time they will see a tidy profit. Also, you can be assured that following the dips, as shown in the chart, the stock rises to new heights as new skills are ingrained.
That being said, notice the TREND of the stock time. The trend is very positive and if you were in the market for a good stock, this be a BUY!
You need to look at yourself and your progress in the same philsophical way. Progress may not be happening as fast as you would like, but it is happening.
If you improved only 1% everytime you practiced then after 20 practices you'd be 20% better. That is enough to see significant improvement.