Often I seem like an arrogant know it all…and that may be the case, but I feel like I have earned the attitude I have.
I have succeeded as a long driver and a player and instead of towing the party line, I have studied thousands of swings from the worst beginner, all the way up to the greats of the game…and continue to study the golf swing every day and notice the trends and similarities of both successful and unsuccessful golf swings. There are a very few people (if any) that can claim anything close to that level of textbook and practical experience.
What pains me is reading the internet, being on the range and on the course and listening and watching people putting themselves up as experts with nothing more than a regurgitation of cliches.
Now it wouldn’t bother me so much, if not for these “gurus” telling me I am wrong for not agreeing with their tired old lingo and ideas.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of intelligent and qualified people out there who have different ideas and philosophies than I do about teaching and what would be the best course of action in individual situations. They have done the same extensive research and just came to some different conclusions.
For example, a certain new poster on golfwrx and a range rat at the club I teach (two different people), corrected me on the same day on the same subject.
They both “corrected” me that standing too far away from the ball cannot cause the shanks…and people with the shanks SHOULD just stand farther from the ball. Really? Quite often, that just made the root problem worse.
Coincidentally they both started discussing lag and lag position as the be all end all of the swing.
In my younger days I would have called these people names that had a connotation of them possessing a low IQ. In my advanced years, I come to my blog and rant…LOL. 😀
The point of today’s rant and this blog in general, is be careful who you listen to. There is a HUGE section of the instruction community (both professional and rank amateur gurus) that are doing nothing more than spouting as if they stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.