The Transitions

I played a few junior tournaments at Innisbrook and I found it to be a really good course…especially the Copperhead 9.

We are obviously witnessing the emergence of a Tour star. Gary Woodland, like Dustin Johnson, is an athlete, who chose golf…as opposed to golfers who were groomed to be golfers since they were small children. I believe robogolfers do not display the same level of self awareness and sportsmanship that others who played team sports first do.

The way he brushed off the bogey on the back 9 par 5 (and the two other bogeys) only to birdie all the other holes…LOL.

That was an awesome display of mental toughness that many long hitters that find par 5 their meat and potatoes, don’t display…cough cough.

I really like his swing. Just like other long hitters on the PGA Tour, there is no conscious lag holding or even thought about lag as an issue.

Starting to see a pattern?

The devil’s advocates will say that they have good golf swings already, so they don’t have to worry about lag because they have it already.

Those who would say that would be making my point for me.

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  1. s.

    Lag…there’s lag in pitching a baseball or kicking a soccer ball.

    Probably, people who think about holding the lag in those sports don’t advance very far.

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  2. wuz

    When I was in the third grade, the teacher, who was a Nun (Catholic school) asked the class a
    question. “Why did the moon shine at night?”
    A girl in the class replied: “Because the moon was a star.”
    I eagerly raised my hand because I knew the correct answer, and I wanted to be a hero.
    “Sister, the moon shines at night because of reflected sunlight,” I said.
    The Nun and the entire class broke out in hysterical laughter. At that point, I remember thinking
    that I had been born onto a planet of fools, and I was one of them.
    What has this got to do with golf? I’ve noticed that when I stopped paying attention to all of
    the so called experts, and developed a sense of the golf swing on my own — AND when
    I wiped my mind clean of swing thoughts while standing over the golf ball, and just stared at
    that little white rat with the sole intention of hitting it where I will it to go — it usually goes
    there.
    Your body and sub-conciouse mind are a lot more talented than you might think. The difficult
    part of the golf swing is to turn off the part of the brain that thinks it knows it all.
    It’s a real pleasure to play this game when you feel fairly confident that your results will put a
    little smile on your face.

    WUZ

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  3. Calvin D

    Visualize and just do it. Technique is overrated. 🙂

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    • s.

      Technique isn’t necessarily overrated, but micromanaging is.

      A couple of years ago, there was an Internet guru whose mantra was, “Thumbs up, drop-and-turn.” The problem with applying that technique is there are a lot of unspoken prerequisites for it to work.

      It never worked for me, mostly because that guru knew how to turn, and I didn’t.

      But, after spending a good part of the past winter chipping balls off the carpet into a chair, I discovered that it’s really a great way for me to chip (but I still don’t like it for a full shot).

      The reason that it works with chipping now, and didn’t before, is that now I know how to turn.

      The thumbs are just a “feel” thought…they aren’t really doing anything that I could explain, its just a feel that gives me the result that I want, while taking my mind off the things that really are doing something.

      I suppose I could think “keep-everything-in-sync-and-don’t-hold-the-lag,” which is what’s really happening, but that would be a paralyzing thought.

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      • Bob34

        S,

        Your 1st sentence talks about not micromanaging. Your last sentence has 2 very broad checklist type do and don’t thoughts. The midlle part talks about taking your mind off what’s really going on. I don’t mean to sound condesending but who are you? You have a whole bunch of competing issues going on at the same time. I’ve been there. It sucks.

        FWIW, I think WUZ nailed it with “I wiped my mind clean of swing thoughts while standing over the golf ball, and just stared at that little white rat with the sole intention of hitting it where I will it to go — it usually goes
        there.”

        All of your competing issues have one thing in common; Thinking about doing or not doing some process. Will yourself into getting the result you want and the process will take care of itself more times than not.

        Just my $.02

        -Bob

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  4. s.

    Well, Bob34, if I played golf everyday for a living, I suppose everything would be ingrained, and it would be just as automatic as tossing a paper wad in a wastebasket.

    But, with the cares and responsibilities of the world interfering, it might be a few days between outings. It’s nice to have a structure to remind me what kind of feel that I want, even if I just use it warming up and not on the course.

    I need some type of concept to filter-out Johnny Miller and the rest of the over-technical crowd. If I didn’t watch TV golf, it probably wouldn’t be necessary to have a reminder about what kind of feel that I want.

    But, the main point is that one person’s “feel,” or technique might be OK–but it won’t work for everyone.

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    • Bob34

      “But, the main point is that one person’s “feel,” or technique might be OK–but it won’t work for everyone.”

      Ahhh. I must’ve misread and/or misinterpreted your original post. I didn’t get the point above from it…

      Sorry,
      Bob

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  5. Wally

    Baseball players have very strong wrist which is the key to a good golf swing, the old saying “it’s all in the wrists” is true

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