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I've started posting some golf myths on Twitter recently, and I'd like to save them here for a few reasons: To help me not re-use a number accidentally. To further educate people here who may not be on Twitter. To discuss other possible myths you'd like to see me expose. To collect them all in one place. To discuss the myths I do publish, and your thoughts, feedback, and opinions on them. Here are the first three. I'm sure I've published some in the past, but these all fit the format I have in mind going forward.
Off the top of my head (i.e. I'll probably kick myself later for forgetting anywhere between one and three), here are the top five myths in golf: The relative importance of putting versus the full swing, at all levels of the game. Putting is not important, and has the lowest Separation Value® of the four main areas of the game (driving, approach shots, short game, putting). The ball flight laws. The ball starts closer to where the face is pointing than the path, often quite a bit more so. This single piece of information is responsible for many, many people going down the wrong path in fixing their swing. There's no quick fix. Even golfers who think there is often get caught up into thinking that there is one. The ones who don't will sometimes think that they've found the "feel" that works for them… but don't realize that their feel will change over time, and cease to be as effective. Knowledge - learning more about the golf swing - is not the way to improve, either. Golf is hard.® Improving takes a long time, a lot of effort, and only then really if you're working on the right thing(s). The Mental Game is Over-Rated. Put Jack Nicklaus's mind in the body (and give him the swing and physical capabilities) of a 20-handicapper and he's still not going to be breaking 80. Yeah, he may not do something stupid now and then (like "take a run" at a 20-footer for par, and end up three-putting for double) and he'll save a few strokes here and there… but gameplanning for a worse-than-bogey golfer is difficult. They just hit bad shots. On the flip side, you could get Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth half drunk and give them five seconds to hit a shot, and they're still going to hit a better shot than you. Equipment does and doesn't matter. I can shoot 75 with my wife's clubs, but I'm not going to shoot 71 very easily. Big gains can be made with relatively simple fits, but the smaller gains take increasingly tighter things. You can get (say) 90-95% of the way toward optimal performance in a very quick fitting or even just by experimenting a bit, but the other 5-10% will take some time, energy, effort, and possibly some $$$$. What are yours? (You can use some of mine, if you like them, but just be honest and list your top five, regardless of whether other people have used them or not.)