It’s what is most different in the swings of touring pros. And it’s what can throw a swing out of kilter possibly more than anything else. Essentially it exists on a continuum of two elements: slow to fast. It is pace, and you can see it in the way people walk, eat, talk, pay for […]
So whatever happened to Anthony Kim? Kim hasn’t played since he tore his Achilles in the summer of 2012. Before that he dealt with a tsunami of injuries to his forearm, wrist, and thumb that scuttled his career after a brilliant season in 2008 where he won two tournaments and earned $4.6 million in prize money.
Many have focused on Bryson DeChambeau’s added bulk and strength and how that is the reason for his added voluminous distance. But I submit the reasons BD has increased his distance goes much further than that.
In trying to help Jordan Spieth fix his game, former World Number One and now Golf Channel commentator David Duval came up with what he calls “reactionary golf.” In my thinking, it’s quite wise, and may have two, or possibly even more, meanings.
What complicates it is the timing and sequence of the shift, something that takes intensive practice after skilled instruction to get it right and keep it right over time. Most get it right on the relatively leisurely backswing, although, even there, the weight can drift to the outside of the right foot, causing the problem of swaying on the backswing. But at the transition, when things really get moving, is when problems increase.
I don’t know about you, but the simple chip right off the green can drive me nuts at times. It’s either a great effort for a tap in par or a flub that challenges my commitment to mindful golf.
With Buddhist practice, we aim for the Middle Way–something between the extremes the Buddha discovered by trial and error. The golf swing should be approached in like fashion.
I’ve been studying the swing of Lee Buck Trevino lately. And there are several aspects that particularly strike me, and lead me to think we moderns have much to learn from from this six-time major and 29-time PGA victory winner. The guy goes after the ball like no one I’ve ever seen. Nearing impact, Trevino […]
Arnold Palmer famously told of his father setting his hands on the club when he was learning the game, and told him never to change that grip. And Arnold never did. Arnie, though, had the hands of a blacksmith and probably would have excelled with just about any grip he chose. Gripping the club is […]