What does it mean to be a “DIY Golfer?”
When I first came up with the idea of starting an instructional golf blog, I spent days and days trying to devise a good name for it. Nothing seemed to fit my way of learning or playing golf.
The last thing that I wanted to do was start a stereotypical golf site with a stereotypical name.
After days of searching the web for names, I came up with “The DIY Golfer.”
Wikipedia defines DIY (do it yourself) in the following way:
a method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the direct aid of experts or professionals.
A DIY Golfer fits this description PERFECTLY.
To further explain the concept of a “DIY Golfer,” let me break it down into its individual parts per the Wikipedia definition:
Although many DIY Golfers will take swing lessons at some point, their swings are largely a product of self direction and analysis. A DIY Golfer doesn’t rely on a swing coach to teach them the golf swing. They may take golf lessons as a learning experience, but never use a golf lesson as a “crutch.”
Not only is a DIY Golfer proficient at learning the swing independently, this golfer is also proficient when it comes to building a golf game in general. A DIY Golfer doesn’t stop with the swing. They will continue their improvement by learning about their equipment, the mental game, course management, and all the other components of golf that are necessary to learn.
A DIY Golfer never stops learning.
Once the DIY Golfer has a good foundation of knowledge and skills built, they will continue learning in order to modify and tweak their golf game. A DIY Golfer is an expert at modifying their techniques in order to perform better on the course.
Probably the most distinct quality of a DIY Golfer is their ability to fix their golf game without expert instruction. The DIY Golfer understands their game so well that they are able to do two things extraordinarily well:
- Get to the root of the problem
- Utilize their existing knowledge/experience OR learn something new in order to fix the problem
The DIY Golfer is self sufficient.
What a DIY Golfer is NOT
- someone who constantly relies on their swing coach to fix their game
- someone who becomes complacent with their game
- someone who is close minded and who is unwilling to learn from others
My Teaching Philosophy
Everyone on this planet learns and understands concepts in a different way. There are hundreds of acceptable methods for building an efficient golf game, yet there are also hundreds of methods that are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I don’t teach a “swing theory,” but rather principles and imperatives that are essential to EVERY GOLFER’s game.
Once these bare essentials are mastered, the golfer now has freedom to alter his/her method based on personal limitations and differences. Much of my instructional pieces are influenced a great deal by Mr. Homer Kelley, who crafted The Golfing Machine back in 1969. This text is a wonderful framework for understanding the golf swing in terms of these principles and imperatives. It doesn’t put a golfer in a box. It gives the golfer options.
Additionally, I have infused a great deal of Trackman Golf concepts in my instructional material, and married that to my experiential knowledge which comes from several years of highly competitive golf. I believe that by properly mixing theory with practice, any golfer (regardless of age or skill level) can learn to break 80 from their respective tees.
I want to help golfers understand their own golf games through timeless and honest instruction, so they can improve quicker and more efficiently.
In today’s golfing world, there is no shortage of instruction. Golfers have more tools for improvement as a result, but with so many options, they become paralyzed. Instead of focusing in on timeless theory and knowledge, the golfer subsequently spends many hours searching for “the cure” on YouTube, or on their own at the range. This is a futile method at best, which is why I have created this site. I want every golfer who stumbles upon The DIY Golfer to develop a strong foundation of knowledge so that they can navigate a world full of contradictory instruction. I do not have the financial resources or time to create a full-blown instructional academy here, but would at least aim to provide clarity about this game for golfers struggling to find their footing.
As a “DIY Golfer,” you will be equipped with the knowledge to improve and repair your golf game, without the constant frustration we commonly associate with this sport!
With the right guidance and action steps, you CAN overcome any struggle that you’re currently facing with your golf game. At The DIY Golfer, I want to open your mind and challenge you to think differently, so you can overcome your own challenges! Golf is fun in most cases, but it’s a heck of a lot better when you’re playing well!
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