January 27

Golfing Consistently

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Find Your Carry Distances!

Use this interactive Field Guide to help you play better golf!

If you want to be more consistent when golfing, be prepared to sacrifice your personal life.

I teach how to get better by focusing on fundamentals… but if you want to be consistent, you have to go out and play and/or practice when you can. It doesn’t have to be hours-long practice, mind you- you want QUALITY practice, not QUANTITY. As Martin Hall says: “Practice make Permanent”.

When I was in college, I took a Theory of Coaching Football course. I was a football player, so it was kind of easy, for the most part.  But when we talked about QB play, I was lost. I didn’t play QB ever; I learned the theories, but I never figured out how to execute them.

If I had been someone that played QB all through HS and into college, of course I’d have been able to do it… but I didn’t.

Same goes for anything else. What do you do for a living? Do you do it every day (maybe excluding weekends)? That’s a LOT of repetitions in your job, which leads to mastery.

It’s no different when you’re on the course.  The Tiger’s and Rory’s of the world are as good as they are because they’ve been golfing since they could walk. Not everyone has had that luxury, though.

Going back to football: NFL players are as good as they are because they’ve been playing, living, and breathing football for a LONG time. Ziggy Ansah, the Lions DE, is an exception; he started playing in college. The vast majority, however, have been playing since at least HS- some even Pop Warner.

Don’t get too discouraged, though, as you can work on getting at least a little better. Maybe not get to single digits, but you can see a drop- and make it permanent. It all comes down to doing things when you have the time.

If you have 10-30 minutes a day, work on something:

Use a mirror to see how you’re swinging. It’s similar to shadow-boxing; you can see if you’re swing path is way over-the-top, or if you’re swaying your hips way too much, among other things.

Grab two books, put them spine-to-spine, and use them as a “gate” for your putterhead to move through. This teaches how to have a square face to the intended target line. You can do this in your office, the front room, anywhere. It won’t help with green speed or how to read greens, but starting your putt on the intended line is a big deal.

gate drill


Grab a wedge and go out to the back yard. You can lay towels down in 10 yard increments and try to pitch a ball to each towel. As much as pros and teachers preach spin, no one really controls it. What we can control is where we land the ball on the green.

Even if you’re sitting at home watching “The Walking Dead”, work on your grip. Or, do push-ups and/or planks during the commercials. Work on your flexibility. Something is always better than nothing.

When you’re on the course, play within yourself. If you’re struggling with the driver, don’t use it. I highly advise you go to a local simulator or pro with a launch monitor and find out how far you CARRY each club. That’s important knowledge when golfing; if you know beyond a doubt how far your clubs carry, you won’t find yourself second-guessing each approach to the green.

I emphasize carry because we can’t control roll-out. Turf conditions and weather can effect it, so it’s best to know distances you can actually use. If you manage to overshoot the green, congrats, because not many golfers do that.

Break holes down. If a par 4 is 300 yards, break that in half; it’d be two 150 yard shots. Is that a smooth 6 iron? Two smooth 6’s and you’re looking at a birdie opportunity!


Take an honest look at your weaknesses. Seriously, no one wants to know they suck, but it’s powerful information. If you have time, work on correcting them. You don’t necessarily have to obsess to the point they’re strengths, but work on them enough to where you can mitigate the damage they might cause.

Find Your Carry Distances!

Use this interactive Field Guide to help you play better golf!

Of course, I have a tool to help if you're interested in golfing more consistently:

GLG's Guide to Better Golf NOW!

As I said, I work on golfing fundamentals.  There's no reason to do black belt-level moves when we're looking for consistency.  Subsequently, that's why martial arts masters are masters: they have the fundamentals down to a "T".

That's what my course is, in a nutshell: a way to help you work through the fundamentals, to help you approach mastery/consistency.

Why not give it a try?

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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