Until You Can’t Do It Wrong

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Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers of all time, maintained that even the average golfer is readily able to shoot in the 70s if they are willing to work on some basic principles. The only catch was that they have to be willing to work on those principles until they were consistent. He wrote,

No one can play good golf unless he has a correct, powerful, repeating swing.…It really boils down to learning and practicing a few fundamentals until performing them becomes almost as instinctive as walking. (Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf)

One of the masters of west coast swing made a similar point about our dance. US Open Hall of Famer and many time champion Robert Royston said,

Amateurs practice until they can do it right. Professionals practice until they can’t do it wrong.

The lesson here is simple. You don’t have to practice a lot of things, but you do have to practice those things a lot. Take your fundamentals and practice them until performing them right becomes as instinctive as walking. Practice until you can’t do it wrong.

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