You and I both know players who talk about wanting to improve their golf game, they practice their putting or their driving, often they’ll just play a lot more often

But the results are almost always the sameno real, lasting improvement in their game.

Has this happened to you?

It has to me, I remember one year I decided I was going to work really hard on my game and see how much I could improve through the season, and as luck would have I was going to be living near a great driving range, no excuses, I could practice every day.

And I did, almost every day I was on the range, I’d hit bucket after bucket, and I’d hit the ball well.

Strange this was my scores didn’t change, and my handicap stayed the same.

If this sounds familiar to you then you’ll know how frustrating it feels.

So what’s the answer?

Well chances are you are a lot closer than you think. In the vast majority of cases for players they are just missing one ingredient.

There are in fact three key ingredients you’ll need, plus an ounce of discipline.

The ingredients are:

1. Knowing what will affect your score the most 2. What you do well 3. What you are passionately committed to in golf

Let me give you an example – good putting will affect your scores, if you are good at it and you practice your putting with a passion to improve will make a huge difference to your game.

What happens if you remove one of the ingredients?

Well the answer is simple – you fail and won’t understand why.

Let me explain, if you know what you need to do, and you are good at it, but lack the passion to practice it consistently you can see you won’t stick with it and not much will happen.

If you passionately work on what you are good at, but it’s not an area which will help your scores then your scores won’t change.

And finally, knowing what will affect your scores and being passionate about it isn’t going to help if you can’t do it well – you are on the right track but not much will happen to your scores.

And this is where the ounce of discipline comes in, you must have the discipline to keep all three aspects equally important in your improvement programme, and if you are missing one aspect out then the chances are you aren’t keen on it or need help, and again that will take discipline.

Grab a sheet of paper, turn it on its side, landscape, and draw two lines down the page so you have three equal columns. Now put each of the three ingredients in one of the columns and start to list in each how your game fits in. see the gaps and use your discipline to take action needed to fill the gaps.

Here’s a typical example of what players find:

What affects scoring?
Hitting the fairway
Putting
Wedges – I don’t value wedge play

What am I good at?
I need to learn how to keep it straight
I’m a good putter
I hit my short irons well

What am I passionate about?
I love hitting driver long
I need to commit to loving putting and appreciate how important it is
Recognise why wedge play is important and get excited about an opportunity to make a big difference my scores

Now get disciplined and fill the gaps in your game.

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Paul D’Arcy is a regular golfer who has been searching for consistency and improvement in his game. It took him 2 years, but he did it; he discovered how to get the game he wanted and he became much more consistent, and got down to scoring mid to low 70′s. He can give you practical golf lessons to improve your golf game with ease.