Better Forever

Jeff Fisher
Director of Instruction
Fisher Bryan Golf Academy at Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, AZ

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I encounter a great number of golfers in a given week that come for instruction and the great majority of them want just a small little fix. Something quick, easy and painless that will make them play better tomorrow. The problem with doing that is that those kind of fixes are like band aids that fall off just as easily as they went on.

Invariably, in a month, I will see the same student back again with the same problem and looking for another easy fix. If you had to keep going back to your doctor every month for the same illness, and he kept giving you the same medicine, wouldn’t you be looking for a better answer?

The hard truth is that there are no shortcuts to real improvement when it comes to golf. It takes a good plan and consistent practice adhering to that plan. So, the question you have to ask yourself is, “Do I want to be better tomorrow or do I want to be better forever?”

Hopefully, you will decide that better forever is a better option because once you have done that you will have taken the biggest step! You won’t be satisfied any longer with the band aid, you will be ready to cure what is really ailing your swing and holding you back from your best golf.

So, how do you go about fixing the real issues? First of all, decide how much time and effort you really want to give to your golf game. Second, get a sound diagnosis from a coach who will help you set a longterm plan based upon your current state and the amount of time you plan to dedicate. Then, take the plan and stick to it. Don’t abandon it the first time it doesn’t feel comfortable. Or the second time or the third time. Be patient. Remember that you did not create the bad habits you have in a day and you will not create new good ones in a day either.

Committing to change in anything is not easy, but when you come out the other side a consistently better golfer you will wonder why you waited so long to start!

Jeff Fisher is  Director of Instruction at the Fisher Bryan Golf Academy at Longbow Golf Club. Jeff can be reached at 480.414.9330 or