"Trying to get consistency is like going after a fool's errand"
By mustang6560 on 3/7/13
Following Michael Thompson's victory at the Honda Classic last week, Farrell Evens caught up with his swing coach Susie Meyers. She made a few interesting comments about consistency I thought every oober should read.
"Trying to get consistency is like going after a fool's errand," Meyers said. "It doesn't happen in life. If you try to be consistent you live in a frustrating world. Take everything for what it is and let it be, and at the end of the day, hopefully you can say you did the best you could. We don't try to be consistent at all.If you ignore the cheap shot at Tiger, it's good advice.
Clearly, Michael's adopted her philosophy and isn't worried about consistency. Prior to winning the Honda, Michael only made one cut in four starts — it was a last place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. So he's finished first and last in the two cuts he's made. Talk about inconsistent!
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It bugs me when people try to turn conventional wisdom on its head in a lame attempt to sound innovative. Consistency??? That's the LAST thing you should strive for!!! If that wasn't enough she is going to try and equate consistency with losing one's soul. Sorry to use this parlance but she sounds like one of these haters. I don't really see how Tiger Woods is even relevant to her point about consistency, I think she just shoehorned it in there just to be a bitch.
I disagree with her statement on consistency. You want to be great at something you have to be consistent, will there be failures sure, but get back on the saddle and keep going. Also no need for the cheap shot at Tiger, stick to your own game! You know what they call inconsistent people? Mediocre!
If the only thing consistent about my game is my inconsistence, what does that mean?
I think golf by its very nature is about inconsistency and how do you handle it. Sure, you'd like to be consistent but why is a handicap calculated using your best 10 of 20 rounds instead of your 20 round average. How consistent are you at a range where you have a perfect lie every time for a non-moving ball. So I think the point isn't about not trying to be consistent, but how do you handle the inconsistency that is bound to occur. The part about Tiger's soul wasn't necessary, but I think she is right - Tiger is probably the only person in history who played consistency at such a high level for such a long period of time. Not Jack, not Hogan. But as he is probably the only one maybe that shouldn't be the model.
I think you should strive to be consistant but know that it will never happen.
Golf is a game of failure. Tiger Woods wins 1 in 5 tournaments so he fails 80% of the time and could be considered the greatest golfer ever.
I think there is more than one way to look at consistency; there's consistency in the results, and there's consistency in the process. I don't think she is arguing with the consistency with Tiger's results, but rather his single-mindedness towards achieving consistency with the process. How he approaches practice in a very mechanical sense in order to achieve extreme repeatability with his swing over a long time. As Tiger would say, "gettin' his reps in." To achieve this level of repeatability requires immense amounts of practice, and an almost obsessive drive for perfection. This perfectionist approach comes at the expense of creativity and improvisation.
I think she is simply making the point that this approach does not work for everybody and it's important to play to the individual's strength.
joe jones says:
There are many players on the tour that are steady eddies. Luke Donald is a model for playing solid golf and not beating himself. Consistency may not win a lot of tournaments but players like that manage their game and make a lot of money. It was good enough to get him to number 1.
Duke of Hazards says:
lol @ LB
Oh and Susie - puff, puff, pass! And go get me some fritos, the chili cheese ones.
Don't worry about consistency? That makes me feel a lot better about my game now!
I paired up with a guy on a tough course once who seemed abnormally calm and almost detached, despite being in the bush, rough, short-sided, etc., a lot. I finally commented and he said he liked golf for the unpredictable jams you got yourself into and he just loved finding a way to play out of trouble. (He never went OB & seldom hit the water.) Always thought that was a pretty good way to frame it. Ms Meyers comments made me think of that calm guy.
I am consistantly looking to be more consistant. And I would sell my soul to be that good.
Damn, did that make any sense?
The object of consistency is to be able to step up to the ball and strike it well, 9 times out of ten. It is to be able to hit your 8 iron 152 yards (or whatever is your 8 iron distance) with the same swing over and over, within a few yards left or right of your target. It is to hit the sweet spot every time. Consistency will make all the difference in the world if you can acquire it. And the more consistency you build, the more confidence creeps into your game. And THAT'S when things really start to get great.
I try to always remember that Ben Hogan said he only hits like 2 or 3 shots the way he wants during a round.
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