No that long ago golf was taught to be one swing with different versions. For example a 5-iron shot was taught as a ‘miniature drive’, a chip was taught as a miniature 5-iron swing and even a putt was taught as a miniature chip.
If you’ve ever seen some really old golf footage this certainly shows with putting – it was incredibly ‘wristy’ and even the grip was the same as any other golf swing…
This was known as the ‘unified swing theory’ and was taught to many golf students for around 50 years.
There was only one problem with this theory.
It was WRONG.
It was actually never proved and probably came about through some golf-pro being mis-quoted in a newspaper or something and eventually become golf folk-lore.
Modern teachers and golf professionals all now agree that there are FIVE games within golf.
1. Power game
In this part of the golf game you use the big muscles to hit the ball as far as you can – the key name of the golf game Golf Clash Hack being ‘power’.
Attributes of the power game include strength, speed, hitting and of course power.
2. Short game
In the short golf game accuracy is the key, not power. These shots are generally played from inside 100 yards of the hole. The aim is to get the ball inside the ‘magic’ 8 feet circle, from which you have a much higher chance of holing your putt.
When you think of the short game you should think of rhythm, touch, crisp and positive.
Nearly all of the top golf professionals have personal psychology coaches now.
As amateurs you can benefit HUGELY from this part of the golf game and it is well worth learning the basics. The main aim is to help you control your state of mind to help you produce a reliable consistent swing / putt when the pressure is on, but that is just the tip of a big ice-berg. It’s a huge subject in it’s own right.
Psychology should conjure thoughts of focus, emotional control and concentration.
Managing your way around a golf course can be a very rewarding experience – choosing the right shot at the right time and putting your ball in the right place on the course can save you a LOT of shots and win you a lot of matches. The greatest exponent of good course management by far was Jack Nicklaus.
Course management is about strategy, skill evaluation and shot selection.
And finally we come to putting! This golf game is totally different from all the others. There is no power involved, no body movement, a different grip, and the ball never goes into the air – at least hopefully!
Putting is all about feel, simple, smooth and pure.
What modern teachers also agree on is that the LEAST important part of golf when it comes to scoring is the power game.
To score well and win matches you need to work on putting and short game, closely followed by psychology and management.
Even the great Jack Nicklaus didn’t have a brilliant power game. It was certainly very good, but he excelled in the other areas (especially management) and this was a huge factor in his success.
Also think about Tiger at his peak. When he turned pro he had a simply awesome power game, but a so-so short game. He really didn’t win much in his first year or so as a pro. It was only when he started improving his putting and short game that he started to be almost unbeatable.