That’s me folks, an athletic supporter. It used to only be a figurative title that friends, family and haters bestowed upon me, but now it is literal.
I got my all access PGA Tour instructor badge in the mail yesterday and it says “Player Support” on it. Picture below.
The ego in me wants to walk around with it at all times and say things like, “Why would you take lessons from a schmoe who is sanctioned by the PGA of America when you can access one who is sanctioned by the PGA Tour…” but my arrogance has its limits. 😀
I’d be lying if I said my feelings of self importance haven’t changed. I pray my feelings of superiority never reach the levels of Leadbetter, Pelz and Haney. Hopefully someone will kick my ass before that happens.
I have gotten a lot of emails asking me why I am not playing better.
They have one of two points of view.
1. You have shown yourself to be a great player in the past and your ideas on the swing are great, why aren’t you playing better?
2. If you are so good and you think you know so much about the swing, why do you still suck?
Well here you go. Group #1 is going to call the following legitimate reasons, while group #2 will call them excuses.
Either way, here is what my perception is, in no particular order, on what the biggest issue is.
1. Still haven’t figured out my putting. I am stuck between trying to do what made me successful in the past, what feels comfortable now and still some residue lack of confidence from 5-6 years of HORRENDOUS putting.
2. Hard to teach myself using a 2D video. I can do it, but it takes longer to implement a change correctly.
3. I use myself as a guinea pig to consolidate my views on the swing in order to help everyone else.
4. I don’t have time to play enough golf. This is the major issue. If I could find the time to play more than once a week, the rest of the things on this list would become almost non-factors. Between having two small children and teaching, it’s hard to find time to play 3-5 times a week, which is the minimum it takes to play elite golf. This is why I am still playing golf swing instead of golf.
5. More inward confidence in my ability to shoot low in tournament conditions. This is a chicken/egg, Catch-22 situation. Can’t play good golf until I play some good golf.
BTW, how scratch am I going to be with this badge around my neck? I think I’ll use it to go stink up the bathroom in the Butler Cabin next spring and blame it on David Leadbetter. Actually, that wouldn’t work, because apparently it doesn’t stink.