Friday, November 06, 2015

How Can Bruce Lee and Lou Holtz Help Your Golf Swing?

Bruce Lee once said, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times".

When I read this quote from Bruce Lee, I immediately felt there was a direct link to the way we should think about golf and how we practice it. Bruce Lee understood that it only takes one perfect kick to take down an adversary. Practicing that one kick 10,000 times will help you come close to perfection.

Connecting those same dots to golf, there is no way to accurately calculate the amount of balls a PGA Tour Player hits in a year. After doing some rough calculations, I came up with an estimate. With their tournament rounds and all the practicing they do, PGA Tour players probably hit 10,000 balls every 3-4 months or so. That's one great indicator why they are so good at the game.

Generally, recreational golfers don't take practice very seriously. Hitting a small bucket of balls on the range using only the driver just before stepping up to the first tee might get you slightly warmed up, but it does not count as practice.

I saw an interview on the Golf Channel with the very passionate retired football Coach, Lou Holtz. He commented on the off-season, goals and practicing. Regarding the off-season he said, "There is no off-season in athletics."  Regarding goals he said, "If you don't have goals, how will you know when you get there?"

As for practicing golf, he recommended swinging your golf club 30 times a day for an entire year. He went on to say, "If you do that you will create a great swing". Think about it, 30 Swings x 365 days = 10,950 swings. Who knows, after just one year you might become the man or woman to "fear” on the golf course.

Practice, if it is going to be effective, needs to be planned and executed in a manner that enhances your golf swing, your motor pattern memory, and most importantly...your confidence.  Developing a repeatable, consistent golf swing will make a huge impact on your scoring ability on the course. Executing the plan is the challenge. Why not plan a simple golf swing training program this off-season. Check out for some great suggestions.

"It's too difficult to swing a golf club indoors during the winter", you say? Well, we have great some suggestions on tools you can use indoors. They will help you develop a good "practice" mentality while training your golf specific muscles. Head over to to see what we mean. 10,000 swings starts with just one.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Pierce
Creator, GolfGym
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