The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer

Well the season is winding down and I don’t know if I am going to get another course in this year. I thought this would be a good time to discuss the golf swing and write about the true facts of trying to hit the golf ball. A couple of blogs ago I wrote about what not to waste your time on. After over 40 years of studying the golf swing, I am going to discuss the absolute truths about playing this game. In this blog I am going to list them with a brief comment and then in future blogs I will discuss each one in more detail. One “The swing is not the thing” If you don’t believe that one then I suggest you watch any PGA tour event. Some of the swings on tour could make your eyes water and yet these guys are carving out huge sums of money and having great careers. From Lee Trevino to Jim Furyk to Paul Goydos, and on and on, the exact way you swing the club can be very diverse. Two” 85 to 90% of all golf problems happen before you take your swing”.  The top 3 problems I see in teaching people to play this game is poor aiming, standing too far away from the ball and a poor grip. There are other ones but these are the top three. Briefly on aiming, when I ask 10 students to aim at a target about 100 yards away, 8 will be aimed 8 to 10 yards right of the target, one will be aimed left of the target and one will be aimed at the target. Now to the swing itself. There is only one thing you must do in order to have an efficient golf swing. All the strange swings on the tour do this. Three”On the downswing your belly buttom must pass the ball before your hands and arms do”. Sounds easy enough but here is the problem. Your belly button moves like it is in a school zone, 10 to 15 miles an hour. Your hands and arms move like they are on I 70, at 70 to 80 miles an hour. The golfer usually over uses his legs  and under uses his upper body on the backswing. The reverse is true on the downswing. He under uses his legs and over uses his upper body in “hitting” the ball. That is a big key to the answer. How do you keep the hands and arms from passing the belly button to soon? The fourth fact in trying to learn this game is, there are only 2 senses that you can use in the learning process. One can feel a golf swing and you can see a golf swing. You can not smell taste or hear a golf swing. Is there an answer out there, maybe. Is there one part of your body that can control the entire golf swing? I don’t know, we will see. My instructor put it the best way and I quote the Babe. “Control the body, control the clubhead and you will control golf ball.

One Reply to “The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer”

  1. You are dead on about those “top three” reasons. When I went through PGA Business school, they taught them with the GAS acronym (Grip, Aim, Setup.) That was 25 years ago and not much has changed. Played yesterday with a guy who asked me on the 15th tee why he kept pulling the hell out of the ball on his full swings. I told him he was lined up 20 yards to the right on every shot and the guy got so mad at himself he couldn’t finish the round – LOL! Oh well. Thanks for the great insights, keep ’em coming!


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