Everywhere golfers are beating balls trying to improve and actually many are getting worse! There are a few that will improve and it will take much longer with very little knowledge of how they achieved this change. I will explain 5 reasons why I believe golfers struggle to improve.

Below are the last two reasons why golfer’s don’t improve. Click the button to see reasons 1 thru 3.


  • You picked the right things to work on.
  • You even have a great learning process and are able to make the change on the range.
  • Then you head to the course and it all goes haywire – you revert back to your old swing “what you know”, or some version between the old and new swings, which is non-functional.

If you want to transfer your new movement to the course you are going to have to:

  • Have exceptional attentional control
  • Have spent more time ingraining the move with quality repetitions (not mindless ones)
  • Have trained with games which simulate the course and game of golf better.

Hitting 30 balls in a row from the same spot close to the flag might look fancy – but it’s not going to transfer well to the course, under pressure.

If all you have done is the usual scrape-hit-scrape-hit practice on the range, you will get what all other golfers get – an ability to perform well on the range, but a lack of on-course transference.


The biggest reason golfers don’t improve is simple – what they are working on does not relate to improving impact.

The ball doesn’t care how you arrive at impact.  The ball is only concerned how the club-head interacts with the ball during that .75 inches of space where they are in contact with each other! I am not talking about body positions or mirroring your swing photos to tour players in this month’s golf article!

What inputs are you giving to the ball during this 0.75 inch space?

Most golfers work on things in their swings which have absolutely no relevance to their specific impact patterns, and therefore never see any improvement. Usually, they have picked some random swing piece to work on based on what their favorite tour player does, or what the latest magazine article is promoting. This is not a recipe for improvement.