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Getting Hooked on Golf thanks to Swingbuild with David Blair
There's one guaranteed way to get addicted to something (nonchemical, of course). It's called the "Gambler's Addiction." Very basically, if you are rewarded inconsistently for the same activity, you become addicted to that feeling of suspense that comes with that activity. Pulling a lever on a slot machine, playing blackjack, seeing the flop in texas hold 'em, all that stuff is horribly addicting. You never know when that reward is coming.
Golf is addictive, especially for beginners, because the action of hitting the ball onto a largely unknown golf course is difficult enough that a player feels powerless to control what happens when they swing. Sometimes everything goes right and a magical event occurs. A beginning player refers to this as a good shot. The problem is when you start playing golf you have no idea what you're doing. Hitting a bad shot makes you mad because you don't know what you did wrong. Hitting a good shot makes you think about what you did right. Both of these responses (feeling bad or thinking about your swing) lead to poor results. To cure to these bad results, you need to learn about what to do.
There are two ways to learn how to play. You can pay for a private lesson or you can try to teach yourself using whatever resources you have available. I'm a teacher. I couldn't afford to pay for something I didn't know would get me good results.
I went to YouTube looking for online lessons and found Swingbuild golf with David Blair. Mr. Blair is an incredibly passionate and talented golf instructor based in Scotland. I learned all I could from his YouTube videos and paid to subscribe to his series of online instructional videos. What I learned from Mr. Blair were simple and effective techniques to achieve consistent results. I just got a whole lot better at gambling. Nothing more addictive than that.
Everything I learned from Mr. Blair in the summer of 2010 can be learned here on the Dirt. The video vault is the place to go. If you're just starting out, be sure to check out the Five Lessons video series with Elk and Sevam1. It takes some digging to find but its worth it to learn the fundamentals.