(Make it all the way to the end of the post before you hate me. As usual, please don’t be offended if you feel I am making fun of you. Plus, how would I know about any of these things if I wasn’t guilty of all of them…except for one. 🙂 )
Our priorities have gotten out of whack.
Perfect swings, perfect equipment, perfect golf courses, perfect outfits, perfect weather. I say Bah Humbug, especially about the first two.
Knowing what your lag angle is at 9 o’clock and what frequency your driver shaft is, isn’t going to help you when you are staring down a shoot of trees 30 yards wide with a 20 mph cross wind.
Let me start with equipment. I have hit almost all of the major golf company (heads and shafts) equipment and component equipment. Guess what? It is all made from the same material and manufactured on the same block…sometimes the same building in the far east.
If you have a set of irons that are cavity back and frequency matched at a 6.3 flex that was measured to match your swing on a day when you felt great and it was 80 degrees…at a cost of $1238.43…do you really think when you slept wrong on your shoulder and you have a bad week in 50 degree weather you should pay another $648.15 to have the shafts changed to a 6.2 flex to get your draw back? Just so you know, you didn’t have to change the shafts. You could have put one piece of lead tape and change the frequency that much. I know, I know, that changes 2/3 of a swingweight.
Better yet, you pay another $1623.69 to get a set of forged irons because you like the workability and need to be a 5.9 flex to help you get a little more trajectory because the center of gravity is higher.
All of that effort and money when you are a 14 handicap and most PGA tour players can’t even tell the difference in the performance of the above sets of clubs and just play the clubs they get the most money to play. Many guys on the PGA Tour have had the same putters and wedges for years…and the only reason they change equipment is because their manufacture sponsors require it…or at least encourage it. 🙂
Perfecting your swing? What does that mean? The three greatest players of all time (Jones, Nicklaus and Woods) all have terrible swings according to today’s standards.
There is no such thing as a perfect golf swing. There is no such thing as the right way to swing. Studying how Iron Byron, Ben Hogan and Moe Norman swing and seeing what made their swings work so well and using some of those fundamentals as a guide…that is a wonderful idea. Copying their swings down to every position…LUNACY!!!!
Trevino, Player, Miller, Singh, Furyk…all would have their swings taken apart by your average teaching pro because of their multiple flaws. If those guys nitpicked their swings the way most of us do, they’d never break 75 because of the constant swings changes and lack of attention to getting the ball in the hole.
Dustin Johnson? I can go to any range in the world and find 5 guys with handicaps over 10 with golf swings more sound than his.
Lag? Guess who wrote the best book ever on lag? Miguel de Cervantes.
Now that I have pretty much made everyone in the golf world angry. Let me say a few things.
Having a set of clubs that fits you is important and the wide variety of manufacturers makes it great for all of us to find something that not only works for us, but fits our eye. Plus, getting new clubs is fun. I have no problem with what any of the club manufacturers do. They make good stuff. The problem is you should get new clubs because it is fun, not because you want to solve something wrong with your game.
Improving our swings is a wonderful and often times fun pursuit, but constantly nitpicking our swings until we always feel like our swings stink is not fun.
Here is a list of golf priorities.
1. Have fun
2. Shoot lower scores…which is a byproduct of #1
We need to stop making the priorities getting the perfect equipment and having the perfect swing and understand those two things are a way of achieving #1 and to a lesser extent, #2.
Here is how to treat equipment. First off, get something that looks good to you. That is the most important factor. The right shaft and lie angle is next. Just like everything else in golf, getting the right shaft is not a pinpoint project. There is a wide range of shafts that will work for you in both flex and brand. If you want a forged blade because it looks better, great, but if you shoot in the 80’s or higher and you get forged clubs for workability, you are taking yourself too seriously and it is hurting your game. I know many will chime in with other factors, but why do we need to know some of these things.
Like I said, buying new equipment should be for fun, not for changing your game.
As far as your swing is concerned. If you are working on more than one thing right now, not only are you making it hard on yourself and ruining your enjoyment of the game, you are not going to get better.
Really folks, I am not evil. I want to simplify everything so we can have more fun and shoot lower scores.
We need to use technology to make things easier, not more complicated. Before you tell me all of the contradictions I had today and throughout the blog…let me say this.
You are not having near enough fun when you play.