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In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • The #1 reason you aren’t getting better at golf (10:04)
  • The unsexy secret to improving all areas of your golf game (6:37)
  • Why progressing too quickly often makes you worse (5:56)
  • Why YouTube videos won’t magically make you a better golfer (4:34)
  • The two “non-negotiable” things you need to succeed at anything you want in life, including golf (16:42)
  • Your living room’s secret to making you a better golfer (13:09)
  • The surprising yet simple difference between great athletes and average Joes (8:25)
  • The single most important concept new golfers need to grasp to reach their potential (4:05)

Find out about the 3 most common mistakes that sabotage your game before you tee-off at: https://mygolfcode.com

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It's time for a new episode of faith and fairways with the founder Brad Thorberg, who after more than 16,000 lessons taught to over 2000 golfers, has discovered the most forgotten and overlooked parts of your golf game that is keeping you from playing your most consistent and confident golf ever. Now here's your host, Brad Thorberg

00:24 My fellow golfers and members of the birdie crew, Brad here, another episode of faith and various podcast. Super excited to be chatting this week on what was the best quick fix tip I ever received. We're going to give you my number one quick fix tip and it's not what you think it is. And then we're going to get into a awesome action items you can take right now when you jump off this, unless you're driving and listening to it and start improving your golf game right away.

So this idea came to me as I am starting a new journey right now as some of you know who read my emails and so forth, I will be having [inaudible] vinyl fusion of my L five and S one. Yes, the same surgery tiger woods got. So I guess I'm due to win the masters in 2022 if I can stay on track with his schedule. But yes, so I'm in that journey. I have a spinal fusion scheduled four weeks out from today actually as I'm recording this and I've started the process of getting back into shape.

01:39 I've always been very fit, was an athlete growing up, worked out all the time. It was my stress release as they owned a business and bought my first business, bought a golf tech franchise at 23 and as any of you who've owned businesses in those beginning years, they are stressful. When you're drawing names out of a hat to see who you can pay that month. So I've always been fit now, however, I have a four month old at home. Yeah, I did a pretty good job of staying in shape up until about two months before she was born. And these last four months have probably been the most unorganized, chaotic four months of my entire life and I've fallen out of that habit, that routine, you know, they say it takes 21 days, 66 days, 80 days, and there's all sorts of yeah, ideas out there.

02:30 How many days it takes to build a habit. [inaudible] That's what we're getting into today because what I've found is I've had to rebuild this habit. I've had to rebuild the routine of getting up every morning and working out. I have this list of exercises I need to do to help strengthen my core. My goal is to drop 15 pounds. I'm already down four. Over the first two weeks when my goal is to drop 50 18 pounds before surgery, I can get back down to my, my one 90 wait, which was probably my leanest, the most healthiest weight I was at. My goal is to drop 15 pounds. I've gotten a lot of exercises and stuff to really target my core, my lower half, to just be in good shape before they cut me open from the stomach and the back. It's going to be a two day procedure.

03:20 This fusion and I'm only 35 so that's crazy. But I'm hoping it allows me to start to play pain-free golf again to some extent by June of next year, which should be really, really cool. So I've had to build this habit. You see it cause one of the first quick fix taps I ever got, it was my, my hometown pro Scotty, Scotty. He taught me through junior golf camps and stuff like that and back Coleman, he pulled me aside one day. He goes, you want the best quick fix tip I can give you. And I wasn't very old at the time. I said, yeah. He goes, this is going to help you [inaudible] better golf for the rest of your life once you grasp this quick fix. And I said, all right, tell me what it is. And it goes, golf improvement is a journey. There's never a destination, there's no quick way there, but it is a lifelong journey.

04:16 There's no quick fix. It is a lifelong journey. And that was the quick fix tip he gave me was as soon as you quickly understand that this is a lifelong journey with no destination in sight, where you're just embracing the journey, loving every day of it and enjoying it, the sooner you can start improving your game versus searching through YouTube videos and articles and TV shows and cycling through six, seven different teaching professionals thinking that one of them is going to have this magic drill that's going to help you hit beautiful push straws, drain every pot and play lights out golf in a matter of a few days. He goes, it's a journey. Embrace the journey. Realize the quickest way to improvement is embracing the journey and understanding that in any journey, there's highs and lows. There's ups and downs. Some of the greatest stories any of you have as well as me as is.

05:06 When you've had Tufts situations in life that looked horrible and they're horrible going through at the time, but now five, 10, 20 years later, as you share that, it's a, it's an incredible story. It's a fun story. It's when you look back on and laugh or you're teaching lessons and that's what golf is. Is this a journey of up and downs? There's no quick fix. So you got to embrace the journey and you have to start building the habits, cause the habits over time. The consistent effort over time builds these habits. It habits are the foundational bricks to reaching your goals and your goals will always be ever evolving and changing with this wonderful sport. So there's no quick fix. The quickest fix is grasping that this is a lifelong journey. It's going to take time and you can't do it all at once. And one of the biggest things I see my clients who, no, I give them something they see.

06:01 So really good progress. You know this one idea of a work on this one specific drill, and that's my motto. For those of you who've worked with me, you know, here's your drill. I want [inaudible] 500 reps and maybe we'll start to see a little bit of change, 500 exaggerated reps. Then I'll see you in a week and we'll see if there's a little bit of change or if we need to do another 500 but it's one thing. And the clients who struggled to progress quickly are the ones that get that one thing, do it 10 15 times, hit a few good shots, think they miraculously have it ingrained, and then they try to jump ahead on what they think they need to start working on that I have even been told them about. So you have to be creating this habit of daily consistent effort that's very specific on, on one item and start very, very small with it.

06:47 But you're creating these habits that create the foundational bricks of reaching your goal. Cause without daily routine, daily consistent effort towards these habits, you will not be reaching goals. You'll just be throwing, yeah, mud out of wall hoping some of it sticks and you'll have very big highs and lows versus less deep lows, more highs. And a trend that's moving northward. Verse Salford. So we gotta get you building these habits. So the quick fix is there is none. It's a journey. Now you've got to start building the habit. That's the key. We got to build these habits. So you got to start small with these habits. No, number one, start small. If you're not practicing and then start simple or if you're not working out and you're working on trying to improve your body and your shape this off season for many of you start small.

07:41 I mean think about it. If you haven't been working out, and this is me cause I hadn't been for a while, you know I didn't jump right in and start trying to do stuff I was doing six, seven months ago. Cause I knew if I did that I would be well and I wouldn't be able to complete it. That would be so sore and disappointed the next day that I'd probably quit. So you got to start small. You got to start very, very small with something that you can do that you know you can be consistent with. No, I don't remember where was, I was reading it. [inaudible] It's hit home. This is something I read years ago, but it was, no, it was a famous athlete and I can't think of who it was biography or book I was reading, but here he goes. What makes the great athletes so great is they do the mundane very boring things repeatedly over and over every single day consistently that few will ever do because few with great talent think they're above that, that they don't need to do those things anymore and they try to skip over them and skip ahead and try to get to places quicker without laying the foundation.

08:54 It all crumbles. Well we need to do to help you improve your game. As we got to lay the foundation, that's what we're talking about today. [inaudible] The habits that create the foundation to better golf. So you've got to start small. So maybe it's just starting with, you know, carving out 10 minutes a day to do some corn balance work, you know, in the living room before bed or first thing in the morning before you jump in the shower. But it's carving that out and that's the hardest thing for a lot of people is, is really finding the time. You know? And I look at that and I go, it's funny. If you really want something, if you, if you truly want something in your life, you find either a the time or be the money.

09:39 Even though Brad has cracked the code to consistently breaking 90 there are still three major mistakes he's found from working with over 2000 clients that will sabotage your round before you get to the first tee. Head to www.mygolfcode.com now to receive your free guide where he outlines all three polls and provides you with some easy action steps to start playing more consistent golf today.

10:03 You know, I see it all the time in all aspects of my life. I live out here in Colorado. I see, I see friends, I've talked to her like, Oh, I can't afford eating healthy. It costs too much and I can't afford a gym membership, but I can afford season tickets to the Denver Broncos who are horrible this season and I can afford the time of an entire day Sunday to drive there, tailgate for four hours, drink, eat, watch the game and go home. But I can't afford eat healthy. I can't afford to exercise. It costs too much to be at the gym or I don't have the time or the new iPhone that just came out. Oh, you know, I have to go get it. How many people went and bought the iPhone, but then they complain about something they need to do because they're 60 pounds overweight.

10:56 Would they go, Oh, I don't have, I don't have the time. I don't have the money. [inaudible] Healthy and do that, but I had the money to go buy a new iPhone. So you will always find the time or have the money to invest within yourself and the things you truly want to do. You know? I mean that, that's just truth. I mean, that's just hard truth right there. So you have the time, you have to carve it out, but you can't get crazy. You know, failure comes when you do something that you can't duplicate, that's unrealistic because you haven't built up to it like, yeah, the example of the gym or going to the range, well, I'm going to start going to the range two hours, three days a week, I'm going to spend an hour on my short game and putting in an hour and then winter comes in, you're out of the routine or you make it and it rains a couple of days and then you go on vacation and next thing you know, three weeks have gone by and you haven't gone back.

11:50 Unrealistic expectation there. You got to build up to that. Got to build up to where it's just routine and you find the way to get there. How do you do that? Well, you got to start with just habits. It starts by saying, Hey, I'm going to work on [inaudible] 30 putts down the yardstick and working on some Chris contact, chipping motions in the living room with foam balls. Okay. Every day or three days a week, or maybe you're just starting with, Hey, two days a week is all I'm going to do. I'm going to carve out 10 minutes. Yeah, it's been five working on my putting five, working on Chris contact chips. Well, you start there and as you're consistent with that effort over time, then you can add to it. All right, well this is a lot of fun. What if I add a few minutes? I mean, I think of it, same thing as the gym.

12:37 You know, it starts with 10 minutes in your living room and then it's 15 and then it's, I don't know. I'm really liking this. Yeah. Now I found a buddy to go to the gym West, so now I'm going to the gym 25 30 minutes and then all it's add on you a little extra cardio in three months later you're spending 40 minutes there and you found the time that you build up to it, so you got to build up to it. Start small, start at home. Those are two of the first steps. And then from there we slowly build the layers. No, I have. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my YouTube channel. Golf living room lessons and you can search golf. I think it's Brad and golf pro brat or something like that. I'm Brad golfer bro. But golf living or lessons, I'm putting a series out there of less of lessons that truly help that I find that helps so many of my clients over the last 15 years that you can do from your living room.

13:31 I mean most of my clients and sell live in Colorado. I mean there's five months out of the year where you're practicing indoors. So I have these drills that I know will help [inaudible] that you can do that only take five, 10 minutes a few days a week and you're putting in two, three, 400 reps of changing muscle memory in a positive direction. You got to set it aside and I would say set it aside when you're least interrupted. And for me that's the first thing in the morning. Cause the day is just beginning. Now these days it's crazy cause I don't know when my four month old is going to wake up wanting to be fed, but I also know I can feed her or I can wake up, bust out five, 10 minutes before she wakes up. If she wakes up, I feed her, I get her back down to sleep.

14:12 Five 10 minutes right before jumping into the shower. [inaudible] I can find the time. Typically morning our mind is fresh, we're more aware of what's going on and we have the time. It's pretty easy to set your alarm five minutes sooner than it is to expect to get it in during the chaos of a day. Especially where the day gets away from you. Emotions run high and it alters your decision making. So for me personally, and I think for most of you, if you try it, finding five to 10 minutes every morning, set the time aside, have a plan before morning comes. So the next item step here is you got to have a practice plan. You gotta know what you're about to do. The it takes five to 10 minutes a few days a week. Start there, plan out your week on Sunday night. Sit down and go, Hey, Monday and Wednesday I am going to wake up 10 minutes early and I'm going to practice and here's the one or two drills I'm going to do and I'd say leave it to one or two drills.

15:09 I like to cause I like to always have at least one putting or chipping and then one full swing motion that you're doing for five minutes. Rolling pets for five minutes. Doorway drill for five minutes, get in 50 to a hundred putts. You get in 50 to a hundred rotations, 10 minutes of God. You jump in your shower and you've made the small consistent effort moving you forward. That's going to show dividends. Come next golf season. We have to set it aside. You have to have a plan because a lot of times if you don't have the plan, you wake up 10 minutes early. You haven't spoke that into your mind the night before of, Hey, here's what I'm waking up to do, so what do you do? You lay in bed, you're like, ah, I don't know if I want to do this. I don't even know what I'm going to practice.

15:51 Maybe it should be this. Maybe that by the time you cycle through the last 13 YouTube videos you've watched in what you read the other day on someone's golf blog, your 10 minutes have gone and you need to get in the shower to get ready for work, so you got to put a plan in place. I like to do it on Sunday nights for the week. I sit down Sunday evening before I lay my head down, I block off five minutes. I plan out my week of what I'm going to be practicing or what my workouts are going to look like. That way there's a plan, so now it's just a matter of getting my butt out of bed and putting in the effort consistently that week because the hard work is done. The plan is in place. Writing out the plan is the hard work. Now you just get up and do it.

16:34 So you have to have the will to do it. Yeah. My boss and mentor and golf tie, he was in the other day and he was like, there's two things you need to succeed at whatever you're doing in life and that you got to have the skill and you have to have the will. Well, the skill I'm providing you, the skill set to be practicing, the only skill you need to have is the discipline to write out a plan. From there, it's willpower. You gotta set the alarm, you got to stick [inaudible] to your plan. You got to put in the reps, and then from there, the last action step is if you feel like you're not sure where to even begin, you've got to find help. You've got to find the professional, find a pro to help you and stick with them for awhile. You're not gonna see results in one or two lessons.

17:18 You're not gonna see results in two or three weeks. Results happen over time with consistent effort in this [inaudible] and ugliest swing can get lucky position themselves in lucky spots without any realization of what they're doing and go shoot a career around. But then they can also go shoot 110 the next day. So don't base the success off of short term results and golf cause it's you know, we already talked about it's a lifelong journey. So if you're struggling with what that plan leads to will look like, what you need to be working on, then you need to go find a professional help. Lay that out. Hey, here's some of your deficiencies. Let's start here. I really want you to focus on rotation. Then I really want you to focus on this. And then this. So now it's looking like, Hey, for the next couple of weeks I want you to work on these two drills.

18:05 And then these two drills and then these two drills. And next thing you know, you have a month practice program laid out by someone who knows what they're doing in. You stick with it and you trust it and you put it. Versus throwing mud at a wall and hoping something sticks. So that is the quick fix tip. The best one I ever got is there is no quick fix, the quickest fix because once you wrap your brain around that this is a lifelong journey with highs and lows. That's what makes it so fun and so addicting because it can't be perfected. You can constantly be getting better no matter how good you are, if you're playing the right tees. But it takes you making the decision to get better. It takes you putting in the will to get up. Get out there, put in five to 10 minutes and start building the foundational bricks of habit that's going to help you reach your goals.

18:56 So take those action steps. Start small, start at home, find a couple of drills. You know, we'll help you block your time off. Set a plan for each week. Get up, start doing it, and you'll be amazed as to how you start to hit the ball. I started making more putts and where your progress goes a couple of months from today. So there's your quick fix. Let's tune in next week. Next week, we're going to be getting into more of the mindset. We're going to talk about how how being a forgetful person is really going to help you play some of your best golf. That's what we're going to talk about next week. We're going to talk about how forgetting things will actually help you. We tried, and I forget a lot of things with baby brain and lack of sleep, so I should be really good when I'm able to start playing golf again. Come next June, so that is next week's episode. You don't want to miss that. Tune in for that until then. Have a great week. Remember to find the good in everything. We'll talk to you soon.

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