Learning to take my own advice.

I have made no secret of the fact that the last 7-8 years of my career were plagued by being too mechanical, having too many thoughts and trying to force things.

I played today and was on and off…mostly off for 13 holes. It finally dawned on me that I was trying way to hard to force the club to release and it was actually having the opposite affect and I hitting the ball off the heel and blocking it all day. My lower body was stale and out of sync and I was using all hands.

On 14 I relaxed my death grip on the club and “allowed” the club to release. “Allowing” (and all other tenses an conjugations) is the key word. My lower body freed up and started to rotate in sync with the rest of my swing.

Bombed two drives, a solid 3-wood with a soft draw (for 20 years the worst club in my bag) and stuffed 5 iron shots in a row.

Apparently, telling you guys to simplify and get out of your own way…works for me too…DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I have to remind myself that I am pretty astute as an instructor and dumb as a bag of rocks as a player.




  1. honketyhank

    Yesterday I took out a driver that I had kicked out of the bag about a year ago. Turns out that I have gotten good enough to know why I didn’t like it — shaft is too stiff for me. Anyway I found myself all day trying to muscle the driver and MAKE my swing happen. With horrible results. Couldn’t stop myself.

    Am going out today with my regular driver back in the bag and with high hopes that I can get back to LETTING my swing happen.

    I saw your post after yesterday’s round. I wish I had seen it before — maybe then I could have just relaxed and accepted the loss of distance while enjoying seeing the ball in the fairway.

  2. Calvin D

    Perhaps the lesson is that the swing is not the problem. If you have a well thought out way of swinging the club that fits your body and your temperament it almost never needs to be changed in the midst of play. Every time you play however, you start with a different mental state and varying physical points of emphasis. Almost every round requires some sort of adjustment along those lines. Learning to identify where you are too tense or too relaxed or whatever is where the art lies.

  3. walter nizza

    Momty I played today on one of our executive courses here in the villages fl. I have a new habit of keeping a note pad and pencil with me and I write down my one of how I will every shot. Todays thought was left arm straight and the hands when the sholder reaches it’s max. It works the most any shot was off was five degrees.


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