When I was a kid, one of the pros I admired was Gene Littler who won the U.S. Amateur, scored 29 victories on the PGA Tour, including the U.S. Open in 1961. Gene the Machine, they used to call him, for his smooth, easy, repeating swing. For a time, he was my model for how […]
As with any instruction, there are lessons which are effective and lessons which are not. I might be a concert pianist today if I stuck with lessons when I was six, but just didn’t connect with the teacher and his methods. On the other hand, my first golf instructor, though far from a top 100, […]
Moxie. Some say you either got or you don’t. In golf, moxie is right out in front with every step a pro takes. Even with handicappers, its pretty easy tell who’s got it. So what is it, and why is it important? Can it be developed? If I had to choose one word to describe […]
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 […]
A simple swing? But with all the moving parts involved, how could a golf swing be simple? How about the precise sequence of movements? How about the perfect timing required? How about E=mc squared? How about the centrifugal forces of physics involved? After all, didn’t physics major Bryson DeChambeau win seven times factoring in all […]
For more distance and accuracy, swing slower.
Just returned from a buddies trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, on the southern Oregon coast, and am in recovery from the monstrous winds we encountered. What a scene! Forty, fifty mile an hour winds pelted us almost every inch of the way, knocking our balls and our bodies about like sailboats in a gale. […]
The body/mind connection is well established, and affects every aspect of sentient life on this wonderful planet of ours. But we often take it for granted and get so wrapped up in the pace of daily life, we don’t notice its nuances, changes, and subtleties. It’s not until years later–say, sometime after 50 or so–do […]