The goal of golf is the hole…or getting the ball in the hole.

There are two great stories about a man falling in a hole. The first describes what golfers do and should do. The second describes what is done to golfers…and what I intend to do.

STORY #1
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There was once a man who lived in a large city. Everyday he walked the same way to work. Some days it was raining, others it was sunny, but everyday he was out and on his way. One day it was very rainy. The streets were flooded and it was difficult to see what was really below. As he continued on his way, he suddenly fell into an uncovered manhole. The man felt dark, cold, alone and was afraid of drowning. After a while, he found his way out and went home to rest. The next day, the man continued on in his same way and fell yet again! This was terrible. Just as before, he felt overwhelmed but eventually found his way out again into the light. The following day, the man was ready. He knew there was a large uncovered manhole. He knew he did not want to fall in it. He continued on his way, but once again found the hole and went under. Frustrated beyond belief, he angrily came up out of the hole, sulking all the way home. He thought about the hole and how to avoid it. He came up with an elaborate plan to miss it. The next day he set out, hopeful and determined- he was going to make it across that street. He trudged through the water thinking ‘I know where it is, I am not going to fall.’ He stopped right in front of the hole and leaped. Turns out he misjudged where it was and fell down into the dark water once more. By this point the man felt so empty. Everything he tried had failed, and he didn’t know what to do anymore. He knew about this dark place he went everyday, but he didn’t know how to stay away from it. Then a thought came to him. ‘Maybe I don’t have to go there at all.’ The next morning, he got up and walked down a different street. He didn’t fall, he made it to work and he had a great day.
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Golfers stubbornly do the same thing over and over again and get frustrated with the same poor results. If they just realize all they need is a simple idea and change in approach…and that is what I am here for.

STORY #2
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“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.
“A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
“Then a scientist comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The scientist writes out a description of how a hole forms, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
“Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”
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In this story the prescription is all the quick fix tips that everyone tries. Do I even need to say what the scientist’s description represents? 😀

I am the guy who jumps in. I have definitely been there before and I know the way out.

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  1. S.

    I am going to describe the hole, for golf.

    The hole is thinking that the golf swing is all about the left arm, and jack-knifing the shaft toward the ball with the left arm and wrist.

    It’s probably reinforced by the glove on the left hand. I have a theory that the glove is on the left hand because it is more in contact with the club, more fingers on the grip.

    In body terms, it is pushing instead of pulling. Pushing the left arm and club away, and pushing it back. When you should be pulling.

    This is probably complicated by the fact that people can believe that they’re doing something that they aren’t doing…and that pushing and pulling can complement each other–if the cart is not in front of the horse.

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  2. kbp

    The problem is that most instructors have not fallen in the same hole as most handicappers. They know the way out of THEIR hole not OUR hole.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Not true at all. This hole is the same for everyone.

      Making things more complicated than they need to be.

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  3. Wally

    The old saying “IF YOU CAN’T DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE, BAFFLE THEM WITH B— S—

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