So, I’m at the range the other day trying to figure out what to do with my swing that’s been driving me nuts lately, and I stumbled upon something that shocked the shit out of me. I finally realized that my swing is not the problem and never has been. You see, for a long […]
Waking Up the Hips
The older we get, the lazier our hips get.That’s been true for me and I think many others as well. Perhaps if I’d been less shy as a teen, I would have learned the Twist–that dance craze of the 60s–better and perhaps retained that rotational expertise into my older age. But, alas, I could do […]
The Stretch for Added Distance
I must admit, I get lazy with my golf swing and can easily fall into a kind of default when it comes to the top of the backswing. For that is the point when my body needs to stretch to its maximum capacity. And those last few words are most important because what you don’t […]
Shaft Lean and Lag: More important pieces of the compression puzzle
Shaft lean is a sacred cow to tour pros, but is not well known or practiced by handicappers. And when done correctly, it is the main avenue to properly compressing the golf ball off the face of the club. But many handicappers are flippers, a term Lee Trevino uses to describe golfers who flip their […]
A Winter Break from Golf: To Be or Not to Be?
Given the state of my swing these days, I’m happy to have an excuse to confine my golf activity to an occasional trip to the range, which in our area is covered and heated. The winter offers a break from golf, which when a kid, I never liked. But now, as an old guy, I’m […]
The Importance of Pace
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 […]
Completing the Backswing: An Essential to Solid Contact
As I continue to experiment with the mechanics of the golf swing, I begin to realize more and more the importance of completing the backswing. There’s no cookie cutter formula for this, but there are some general guidelines. In addition to a one piece takeaway, which I’ve written about before, the hands and the club […]
The Basic Chip
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.
Goldilocks Golf: Not Too Fast, Nor Too Slow, But Just Right
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.