One of the most important things in the golf swing is what you do before you start the swing. If you do no set up correctly, then what chance do you have of hitting the ball correctly? It is extremely important to have a pre-shot routine so that whenever you hit a shot, you are prepared and have a better chance of hitting a good shot. But if you just step up to the ball and hit it, a million things could go wrong. Your alignment, ball position, hip turn, shoulder turn, feet position, grip, posture, club angle, etc. could be off and cause you to hit a bad shot. In order to set yourself up for a good shot, you have to make the necessary preparation to set yourself up for success. Just like in life, if you don’t try, then there’s no point, you’ll just keep failing.
In English class we’ve been reading the Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus’ major flaw that led to his downfall was his pride and arrogance. He thought himself invincible and above the rest. But in reality, that is what led him to meet his doom. In golf and in life, we have to realize that anything can happen and we will never know everything. Never put your pride above yourself and think that you are the best, because even the best golfers have many bad days.
“The more you play it, the less you know about it.” -Patty Berg
Have a great week!