Debate: Does this piece of advice from Rory McIlroy to improve YOUR golf work?

This is a simple piece of advice from the Northern Irishman, but have you tried it yet?

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Mon, 1 Nov 2021

Debate: Does this piece of advice from Rory McIlroy to improve YOUR golf work?

At GolfMagic we are always open to trying new pieces of advice from the best players in the world. 

That's why when we saw this quote from Rory McIlroy doing the rounds on social media we decided to try it out. 

It was a simple piece of advice from the 32-year old Northern Irishman: "Find people who are better than you and play with them". 

No doubt you have probably heard it before, but does it actually work and what do you think?

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I tested this theory out last week at my club Royal Ascot. 

Just two separate nine holes, one with my hacker mates and another with the professional. 

I wanted the conditions to be somewhat similar and decided to play the back nine twice. 

In the two rounds of nine holes I had clear skies and there was only a little bit of wind. 

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To give you some context, my handicap index is 11.9. 

I will not bore you with a shot-by-shot analysis of my round. 

If only this putt had dropped, if only I didn't tug my tee shot down 12. 

If only I had wheels, I would be a bike. 

But here are the results:

With my hacker mates: 4-over par through nine holes, two better than my handicap. 

With the professional: 11-over par through nine holes, considerably over my handicap. 

So there we have it. 

The results are in and Rory McIlroy is wrong. 

McIlroy's advice seems to have fallen one way with golf fans on the Instagram post:

"Better players will improve your game so much more"

"Check your ego and focus on what they do well" 

Apart from one user: "Better players will want to play with better players". 

What do you think?

Let us know what you think on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. 

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