Just like with anything else in life, there are always two ways to do things: the easy way and the hard way. Now, you may think, “Why would anybody in their right mind try to do things the hard way?” Well, it happens all the time actually.
People who do things the hard way, did not intend to give themselves a tough time. Just like you, they’re trying to accomplish stuff the simplest way possible; they’re trying to make it easy on themselves. The problem is they come into the whole project of learning golf with all sorts of assumptions and expectations making things harder than it has to be.
If you really want to master golf, you have to set aside all sorts of assumptions and just focus on the five steps below. These five steps are guaranteed to work for you, regardless of how well you take instructions, your initial intelligence level or your prior experience with golf. It all goes down to having the right mindset and attitude, so you can learn to do a good job on any golf course you find yourself on.
Don't assume anything
If you want to master golf as a newbie, don’t assume anything. Just go in there with a blank slate. This way, it’s easier for you to pick up and absorb stuff because you’re not erecting any barriers or installing any mental filters that would get in the way of your learning. Just assume that whatever the instructor is telling you is absolutely correct and beyond dispute and absorb whatever they dish out in front of you.
Now, once you become an intermediate golf player, you can then be more critical and rearrange stuff that you’ve learned. You can even discard a lot of previous instructions; but at this point, it’s a good idea to act like a human sponge and just take it all in.
Don't assume steps
Now that you’re sucking in all this information, do not cut corners by assuming there are shortcuts among them; in other words, don’t assume steps. You have to always ask yourself in the clearest and most basic way possible, “What comes after this?”
The problem is when people make assumptions that certain things lead to another. They often leave a lot of details in the middle and this is where they get in trouble. Once this assumption is in place, it makes it harder for them to correct that assumption and this carries over to the other steps that they need to learn.
Don't assume you know better
Just because you’re older doesn’t necessarily mean you know better. If the person who’s talking to you is 15 years old but is an absolute world expert in what he’s talking about, it probably is a good idea to listen. Now, this might not sit well with your ego, but you need to set that aside whenever you’re trying to learn something new.
Ego is often the antithesis or the enemy of education. So do yourself a big favor – set it aside and allow yourself to learn. A little humility goes a long way.
Don't expect perfect results
When was the last time you met somebody who tried something new and achieved perfect results the first time? When was the last time you’ve come across somebody who attempted to learn baseball and their first try at batting, they hit a home run? I venture to guess that the answer is almost never.
Don’t expect perfection the first time you tried and just go through the process. Take it all in and never assume anything. Don’t have an ego and just have a good time.
Have a good time failing as well as succeeding
Failure is the twin of success. In fact, for you to succeed, you have to first, fail. Failure is actually the price that you pay for eventual success. Spare yourself the disappointment and expect setbacks. Expect to screw things up and achieve lackluster results; those are just parts of the territory. Expect all of this, be ready for them and take it to the next level.