Create a Golf Swing Journal

Recently, I’ve been putting some thought in to how my students can increase their knowledge of their golf swing.  One of the most surprising things to me as a coach is that for the most part I know my students’ swings and swing flaws better than they do.  This is especially prevalent in my duties as a high school golf coach for the Canal Winchester Girls’ Golf Team.  It’s very frustrating when I hear a player say “I’m doing this, can you please fix me?” AGAIN.  Wait a minute – we just discussed this technique last week and you executed it perfectly.  Even better, you were able to show me that you had a grasp on that skill by answering my questions during the review at the end of our practice session.  What happened?  Why can I remember, but a lot of students cannot?  It’s simple: I get paid to remember.  Improving peoples’ golf swings is a large part of what I do every day.  Unfortunately, most people don’t get to dedicate their time and focus to golf (I LOVE MY JOB).  Most of the kids on my high school team have rigorous school schedules and various other extracurriculars taking them away from golf.  You may have work, family, or other hobbies spreading your focus.  Does this mean you can’t have a full grasp on your swing?  Absolutely not, it just means you need a system to organize what you’ve learned.

The system I’m starting to recommend to my students is to keep a player’s journal.  Basically, this is a small notebook that can be kept in your golf bag.  In the notebook you can write down notes from your last golf lesson, the stats from a recent round, or comments about the different golf courses you play; the options are truly limitless.  I want to see my students write down some of the cause and effect relationships we discuss in their instruction.  The beauty of this is that they can go back and reference their notes if a particular miss or flaw returns to their games.  They can then adjust their practice and routines to focus on those areas.  They’ve already learned the building blocks, but forget when and how to apply them.  Over time, you will develop a solid database of references and an overall better grasp of your golf swing.  You can make it high tech and put this journal on your mobile devices.  There is a wonderful free app called Evernote that allows you to create a searchable notebook that can be accessed via all of your devices.
Start a journal during your next practice session.  If you have a coach, I guarantee they will help you put it in place, because you are about to get a lot more from their instruction.  Feel free to let me know what you write down.  If you found this information helpful, please share with fellow golfers by using the share buttons below.  See you on the lesson tee!
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