Consistency, consistency, consistency…everyone seems to want more consistency in their golf.  For some consistency is about the ball striking; for others it is about the score; still others want more consistent movement…it would appear to me that everyone wants to be more consistent, but that has a different meaning for almost everyone.  It occurs to me that there are commonalities among all these wants…more consistency in outcome that we use as a metric to measure success. 

I consider consistency a body thing. You might think, “Dave, I can just go out and practice and get consistent.“  My answer to you is this: if you are a very gifted athlete you might be right.  For the rest of us regular people, well…not so much.  We “regular Joe’s” need as much help on consistency as we can muster. We could practice, get lessons, work on our bodies, and work on our minds all in an effort to improve our consistency, what ever that means to us individually.

In athletic movements like the golf swing or a putting stroke we crave consistency, yet our bodies are not capable of consistent movements. We are missing a critical item, like stability, or mobility, or balance…or something physical is amiss. It is interesting to me as I have spent a lifetime studying the body and movement. Consistency seems to be rooted in the body’s ability at some level.

You see when the body has barriers or inefficiencies in movements, the body will have variances in athletic endeavors.  As an example, when the core stabilizers (defined as abdominals, glutes, spinal muscles) are not strong or stable, other muscles like the hamstrings (movers not stabilizers by design) attempt to stabilize.  The problem is that they are not efficient stabilizers as they are long muscles built for creating movement, not short stout muscles built for stabilization. The net result is inefficient and inconsistent stability.  That inconsistent stability appears to be a root cause of inconsistent athletic movement which in turn leads to erratic performance.  You see it is all connected and the body appears to be at the root of this challenge for most I have worked with over the last 27 years.

I would expect that some will still insist that more practice will fix the issues…maybe so. The challenge with that point of view is that most regular Joe’s are not able to practice several hours a day to groove our swings to work around our physical inconsistencies. We have day jobs.  Most of us can, however, do 20-30 minutes of body training a day. That training, when well directed, will solve the body’s contribution to inconsistency in golf quite efficiently.

You might be saying “Ok Dave.  You have me.  What can I do to fix my body to help my consistency?”  Step one is to understand the common body contribution to golf inconsistency.  Look to your toe touch, squat, bridge, and abdominal stability.  If those movements or muscles are not clear and not working well, then there WILL be inconsistency in your golf.  Look at the golf fitness handicap page for details about toe touch, squat, leg lowering, and bridge with leg extension.  Do those 4 tests and see how you do. If you fail one or more (be honest and hard in grading) then that may just be what is behind your inconsistency in golf.

Take comfort, Golfer.  Know that there are solutions for these issues in the body.  In the next few Tips of the Week we will take up each of these abilities and show you how to solve them with corrective exercises.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

All the best.

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