We’ve all heard the saying “It takes 13 hours to build a Toyota, but it takes 8 months to build a Rolls Royce”.
If I were to compare a 30-handicap players golf swing to a car, it might be a 1999 Toyota Corolla. It isn’t pretty, it isn’t exciting to drive, but will get you from point A to point B. To put that in golf-terms, the 30-handicap player slices the driver, tops the irons, and hits a 4-foot putt 5 feet past the hole. It isn’t pretty, but you can play 18 holes.
A tour player’s game might resemble a 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom. It’s incredibly rare, meticulously hand-crafted, and a statement of the attention to detail. In golf terms, the tour player hits shots with incredible control, and remarkable distance. He or she has spent countless hours crafting their game to suit the demands of the most difficult courses in the world. They design their diet, exercise regimen, practice schedule, and equipment choices to be able to compete with the best in the world.
When you take that tip from your buddy, or spent 30 seconds watching a YouTube video, you are simply gassing up your Toyota. The instant-gratification culture we live in is only more enabled now with apps, training aids, and tips delivered daily to your inbox. Real improvement comes from getting personalized attention from an experienced professional, who tailors prescriptions based on facts and evidence.
The message here is that anything of value takes time to build. You need to put Rolls Royce effort in to your game if you expect play at a high level. Consult a professional, build a plan, and be patient.. it only takes 8 months.