Golf is boring. It’s a sport that older men play in their free time. All golfers do is drive around a large field and swing at balls. Or so I thought.
Until I started playing two weeks ago.
If there is any sport that requires technique, it’s golf. In golf, everything from posture to grip angle to club choice matters. Being able to consistently make a shot is much more difficult than it seems.
The first time I went to Stanford driving range, no matter how hard I tried, I could not hit the ball. After about 15 minutes of struggling, I wanted to give up in a fit of rage.
After the initial frustration that hitting a ball wasn’t as easy as it looked, I started paying attention to technique.
Techniques such as the golf swing have many little nuances that make the difference between a mediocre swing and an expert swing. And for amateurs, it is difficult to remember everything all at once.
Technique is about putting theory into practice. Without practice, all that a person has is theory, which is useless even if the theory is completely solid. With practice, a person no longer needs to constantly be consciously aware of the theory, because it has been integrated into muscle memory and has become a skill.
Theory is important, but technique is what matters. A person can know everything that they want about a subject, but without technique and the ability to practice the theory, knowing theory makes little difference.
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, in practice there is.