Four Basic Golfing Styles
Two excerpts from our Double Connexion book:
good news is that there is no evidence of any need
whatsoever for anyone to change styles. The bad news is
that there are a lot of misconceptions, half-truths,
myths and beliefs that stampede the notion that one style
can produce a result that another cannot and that some
styles "behave" better than others. Different
styles only move toward the same results in different
ways. "Better" is no more than a value
"The solitary nature of golf requires that we honor our own styles and stay "within them," for best results. Behavior style affords the clearest, most reliable definition available for what it means to "play the game within yourself." It follows the rules, not the exceptions. But that will only happen to the extent that we can measure and understand the styles we own, If we do not, we will likely be left with default - whatever the system allows and decides, and that is not necessarily what gets us what we want or where we want to go."
How well acquainted are you with your playing style?
Did you know that "playing style" and "personality" are quite different in both character and function?
Do you know in what ways style and personality are "kin," and in what ways they are not ?
Is it clear to you that style affects your play dramatically, even when you aren't aware of it?
Have you realized that your personality only goes along for the ride in your golf game and that style is the primary vehicle?
Did you know that personality can't help your golf, but it can get in your way?
Are you shaking your head, wondering what "style" is all about, and muttering that you never had any reason to think it might matter, either?
Then, continue your visit here..
is impossible without change, and those who cannot
change their minds cannot change anything."
-- George Bernard Shaw -
Style matters.. a lot.. but nobody told most players about it. If you want to test the importance of this kind of knowledge, you'll need to get into the studies on behavior styles. Many, if not most, teachers leave it for the golf gurus, who sometimes, regretably, ignore it themselves. The ones that don't ignore it often get it "wrong." (A very recent book that claims to tap this subject misses the mark, big time, and it was published in 2000 by a PhD). We don't know why, we just know most haven't examined the issues at all, let alone closely. If anyone tells you that you can "vary" your style, just ask them to show you the evidence. One can certainly ATTEMPT to vary style so long as that person is willing to pay a very high price in stress, energy loss and a myriad of missed shots. We will be glad to provide the evidence that verifies the benefits of staying within one's style.
Here are caricatures of the basic styles. Take a look and see..
Which of the Four Styles above fits you?
Typically, we are most influenced by one, quite often a combination of two, or, infrequently, three of the styles, which can mean tons to your game.
Style is not an option. Mother Nature carries the weight here. Best case is to go with the hand you've been dealt. There are no bad ones. You can "break" or "bend" your style - if you try to use one that belongs to somebody else (unless it's exactly like yours, and we've never seen two exactly alike) - or if you try, either unwittingly or intentionally to change the one you own.
Ben Crenshaw can't play like Tiger, and Tiger can't play like Justin Leonard, who can't play like Lee Trevino.
All of us are best advised to play like who we are - and that means knowing one's style and how it works.
Each of the four snap shots fits one of the four basic styles. And there are meaningful blendings of traits and intensities. Any and all can play excellent golf, but they all play differently. Best case is to go with your own style. Discover what you can here and check into our profile and Double Connexion Book if you want the full picture.
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