Everyone is looking for an authority on the golf swing that they can listen to and who will improve their swing and golf game.
Many people think they know nothing, some think they know everything and some are down right homicidal they spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars on books, DVD’s and golf lessons.
Some are just distraught and self flagellating that they did things that were supposed to be correct, but the information either ended up being wrong, or part of some dogmatic cookie cutter approach that didn’t work for them.
Well, you have now found what I am the authority on. I bought into all of it. Everything from hold the lag and the X-factor to the square to square putting stroke and everything in between. Lasering distances, stepping off pitches to see if they were 25 or 26 yards, 4 minute pre-shot routines and fixing my takeaway because it was an inch off at P3.
I am a reformed golf addict trying to perform a one man intervention on the golfing public…one golfer at a time it seems.
I am simplifying my approach every day, both for myself, my students and for what I write here. Some will say many of my articles are filled with technical descriptions and that is true, so how is that simple?
Well, many golfers metaphorically need to know how the body breaths so they can realize it happens automatically and they don’t even have to think about it…and so they don’t do something stupid to prevent it from happening.
Any of this sound familiar?
To use a cliche, we are on a journey, not a destination. How many times have you been to the course, your swing felt perfect and you striped it all day long and said, “I’ve got it.” Only to hit it terrible the next day.
Why did the #1 player in the world think he still needed to change his swing after winning 4 majors in a row? Look where he is now.
There is no perfect in this game, only small pockets of competence and instances of sheer joy and exhilaration and that’s what brings us back for another day of “fun.”
This is not bowling, despite what the guy who can’t get it airborne, with his 14 step swing checklist and scratch pre-shot routine playing in front of you (causing a 6 hour round) thinks. There is no 300 game.
Searching for perfection is just missing the point.