Often I feel articles or advice on ‘golf psychology’ that claim to offer an instant fix are doomed to fail. Many thinking tips (as with swing tips) appear to help initially but often act as a placebo or a distraction from the golfers normal failings.

A golfer who is able to consistently display their potential (at all levels) posses more than a tip of the week. They have crafted skills over a long period of time.


When I look at tour players I find it almost impossible to see more than a few things in common between some of them. Many teachers, amateur organisations and others will emphasize their own bias when giving advice.

‘You must do this with your wrist’ – ‘you must have this clubhead speed’ – you must curve the ball like this’ etc. Far too much of teaching follows the nature of whats in fashion of the time.

But by far the most obvious thing I can see with 99% of successful tour players is their ability to “be themselves”.

Often the failed rookie or mini tour player reflects back on being influenced to change their swing or equipment as soon as they have reached the big time. They lose what got them so far in the first place.

Even at the higher echelons of the game Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald could be criticised for changing a winning formula (yes there is a balance – you must keep improving or you are going backwards).

What strikes me is the extreme individuality of so many players.

Dustin Johnson – extreme bowed wrist

Jordan Spieth – left arm chicken wing

Steve Stricker – stiff wristed swing

Kevin Na – apparent yips and dress sense!

Jim Furyk – 7 different swing planes

Bryson De Chambeau – putting – pictured above!

Arnold Palmer – hold on follow through

Gary Player – outspoken in media

Padraig Harrington – obsessive swing changes

Bubba Watson – crazy footwork

Paula Creamer/ Natalie Gulbis – how have they not hurt their backs?!

This is a quick list of what comes to mind….list your favourites in the comments 🙂

These guys and gals have the self confidence to stick to their guns. All have have received critical and substantial media coverage for the points I have highlighted above.


Ask yourself what you can be confident about. What behaviour or technique should you be proud of?

Do not simply try and change because its in fashion or because it’s what your favourite player does!

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