You go straight to the table of contents to see what is the most interesting article and there it is, swing advice from the winner of the last major tournament. 'This is just what I need,' you say to yourself as you flip to the correct page knowing that your club tournament is 2 months away.
The article has one of those swing-sequence photo frames. It has some quotes from other pros. It has a sidebar from the 'Top instructor of all time' with his ideas of the perfect swing. The second page of the article is dwarfed by an advertisement for the greatest swing gadget ever created by a human and endorsed by sixteen instruction schools in five countries. The author talks about how he 'remade' his swing prior to winning that major but that his best buddy on tour is struggling using the same method and swing guru.
You don't want to give up on the article, since you really do need the swing advice, so you go to your dressing room mirror and check a couple of your body parts with some of the pictures in the article while attempting to freeze your swing at the same points as the stop-action photos. 'I got it!' you tell yourself when you match a couple of these positions and then practice them outside with your real club. You congratulate yourself and then sit back down in your easy chair to get back to the business of relaxing.
And worse, you can find a lot of it that is exactly the opposite from one instructor (or pro) to the other. Many of you are well aware of this fact but still get caught up in something seemingly new that gets printed or posted that could potentially be hazardous to your game. And it's not just us amateurs that get lost in this maze. Sports psychologists make a pretty penny on their touring professionals teaching them how to 'Simplify' their swings and thought processes and 'Focus' on what works for them.
Whether or not you're an avid golfer you can relate to this story. We've all had times in our lives when we're trying so hard and executing very well, yet things are not going our way. Just hang in there. Soon, things will seem to magically go your way. You'll hit the 'Zone' of life. You'll achieve more in just a few months than many achieve in a lifetime. The time will come very soon when your tee shots will have an extra 20 yards on them and straight. Your approach shots will consistently be pin-high, even in gusty wind. And, the hole seems to vacuum your ball on any putt hit even remotely close. It's coming baby! You're gonna fly like a birdie.