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Danny Willett

Willett’s simple motto that helped him back to the top

Danny Willett's road to redemption was completed with victory at the BMW PGA Championship. But how can we learn from his resurgence?
 

“It’s hard to jump full throttle into something that you’re not quite sure is going to work.” This statement from Danny Willett in his post-victory interview jumped out to me as something that amateurs of all levels can learn from.

I know first hand how often golfers tinker with their games in a desperate bid for a quick fix. If only it were that simple.

Being a member of an Open Championship golf course, I’m fortunate enough to have access to some excellent practice facilities. At my disposal, I have free range balls, covered bays for when the weather turns, a short-game area, and designated chipping and putting greens. And I make the most of this privilege.

However, what this also gives me access to are countless tales of woe from members who tirelessly work on their games but see little improvement.

Driving ranges are awash with people who fit this description. Golfers who go through more swing thoughts than Monty’s had hot dinners.

I’m not saying that you need a huge swing overhaul to improve your golf, but if you’ve gone to the effort of seeking the advice of a professional, it’s vital that you commit to the instruction you’ve been given.

Danny Willett

If it takes major champions years to reap the rewards of a change, then why do we give up at the first sign of trouble?

We’re all human and this game will get the better of us more often than not. Our swings, which feel great one day, can feel completely alien the next. You would be in an elite group of one if you didn’t experience this at some point so it’s important to stay positive and keep your eyes on the prize – whatever that may be.

As 31-year-old Willett admitted, he had many lows during his time in the golfing wilderness – an injury-plagued run that saw him within a whisker of falling outside the top 500 in the world rankings. But throughout this, he kept an unwavering dedication, believing that one day he would make his way back into the upper echelons of the game.

So what can you learn from this? If you don’t share the same belief that going for a lesson or implementing a change will actually lead to long-term benefits then save yourself the time and money.

After all, there is plenty of information online you can fill your boots with for free.

It’s very hard to jump into something when you’re not confident of the outcome but the only way to reach the desired end goal is by seeing the process through.

What were you most impressed with from Willett’s win? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me

Andrew Wright

NCG's instruction editor. Terrible student so trying my hand at passing on some of the best advice I've never listened to. Member of Royal Troon. Favourite golfer is two-time major winner and hall of famer, Retief Goosen.

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