The Genius is in the Simplicity

By David BreslowOctober 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
The Genius is in the Simplicity
 
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For many of my clients, golf is a game of contradictions and hard to untangle theories, concepts and principles. After all, theres a lot to remember about the golf swing, how to correctly manage the course, maintain confidence, not give in to negative influences and so on. When you look at the mounds of information, new technology changing every month and the many different theories and approaches on how to hit the ball and develop a mental game, it seems like a lot to digest and master doesnt it?
 
Judy, a 7 handicap called me complaining of this very same dilemma. Jake, a professional golfer who plays on the developmental tours said the same thing to me. Phil, a 22 handicap who loves to play the game and plays whenever he can (which is quite often!) also complained of the same experience. They were all looking for ways to put it all together and it wasnt working
 
Its been my experience that golfers tend to overload themselves with information. The assumption is: if some information is good; then more must be better! This is not true. The majority of my clients operate out of this same philosophy and when they play; it usually causes them to under perform. You have your own experience to prove how true this is. Have you ever played golf while over thinking, over worrying and over trying? How did this affect your game? Chances are, you probably didnt play your best. Even the professionals who are highly skilled have this same dilemma and they too, struggle with over thinking and over trying and it affects their game as well.
 
Conversely, have you ever been in the zone state that is so often written about? This is the state where everything you do seems effortless and you handle all obstacles easily and smoothly. Nothing really bothers you while in that state and if you can recall those moments; where you overdoing anything? Probably not. Even the zone state knows better. It is a state of simplicity.
 
The genius is in the simplicity
 
When an athlete is in a slump, what do they do? They go back and look at what they were doing when things were going well and what do they often notice? They notice that when playing well they kept things simple. They then decide to simplify again and the so-called slump magically comes to an end.
 
The genius is in the simplicity
 
Heres another example. Have you ever used the word ingenious to describe something or have you ever heard someone else use it? Was the thing being described as ingenious, something that was confusing or simple? On most occasions, people will answer, simple. Why? Because we rarely look at something that is confusing, hard to figure out as being ingenious. We only use this word when describing something simple, direct and clear.
 
Many clients make golf more difficult than it needs to be. They dont do it on purpose. They are just not aware of the simple genius of the process by which they can be their best more consistently. I call this process the Laws of Human Performance. In what ways might you make your own game more difficult?
 
The genius is in the simplicity
 
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