Monish Bindra x Rahul Banerji: consistent golf for the weekend golfer
Sports writer & Golf blogger, Rahul Banerji in conversation with our very own Director of Golf, Monish Bindra. Both of them took to Instagram & has a rather insightful, fun conversation.
Excerpts from the conversation:
“Usually what happens is that we get out there on a weekend and we just go and play and we are hoping for the best possible round we can put in.
“But golf is a little more than hoping for the best because you really can’t reinvent the wheel.
“The game has its technicalities and that’s where coaches come into play, where technicians come into play and we guys are trying to fit out the right clubs for you, teach you the right technique.
“But what happens is that you get out there on the weekend, you end up playing like you know, chasing golf.
“So you’re hitting balls to the right and then you try and re-correct it and start hitting balls to the left and this carries on, you know and you don’t really consolidate your swing because you’re only chasing results.
“But the game is actually is more process-based where it is process, followed by the outcome.
“So what I can suggest for weekend/recreational golfers is that you guys actually love the sport, would like to enjoy playing the sport.
“So what you should be doing is that like you send your car for annual maintenance, you should go at the coach for an annual maintenance and take maybe four lessons or eight lessons on your long game, short game and keep in touch with technique because there is no substitute for technique.
Can technique slip away from casual players and errors return to the game?
“Yes, absolutely. That’s where you would have heard of the term muscle memory which we now redefine as neuro-muscular memory.
“So that’s where practice is very, very important and you see the pros and the better players always practicing hard to reinforce their technique, all the time.
“So, you take a bunch of lessons or you get a good tip that works for you but you must get out to the range.
“I would also suggest that you, first before starting your round, get out to the range, hit 30 to 50 balls, warm up and consolidate your process and play then come out on the course and play with that."
Courtesy Rahul Banerji