Doesn’t get any better. Elvis Costello n Imposters opening act. Life is Good!!
Couple of quick notes as I shake of my work week (phew – what a doozy, nothing but non-stop digital marketing stuff AND I had to compile a bunch of end-of-quarter budget and projections stuff. and i hate working with numbers (except on the course, chuckle chuckle…. “for the love!!!”).
Note #1: Hadn’t been to my favorite before-work putting green in a while but I didn’t have to drop my daughter off at summer school this morning so swung by and did a few putts trying to a do nothing but 2-putts from about 30 feet out. Hit them all. I really developing confidence and trust in my routine. And it’s becoming natural – I don’t think to much at all about it. About time I guess – I’ve been working on it since January. My first putts were all within 5 feet and I nailed them all in. Sidenote – it was a damp morning. I always seem to do better on damp greens (not wet enough to leave grass on the ball – just la little moist).
Note #2: I’ve been working at my at-home practice station on pausing at the top of my swing – very deliberately – and I’m getting a much better feel for my transitions from front to back.
Note #3: Watched the shark (Greg Norman – who also makes a fabulous Pinot
The shark has a nose for good wine
Noir and you gotta love his apparel too, right?) on the Golf Channel and he talked about getting to a position halfway in your backswing where you could literally shake hands with someone standing directly behind you if the butt end of your shaft was pointing directly at the target. To do this you have to really focus on keeping your swing low and extending that left arm so your outer circle keeps it’s proper circumference. Anyway, I’ve been practicing that to good effect as well. Swinging from the ground up he says – really keeps you from going inside to quickly.
Note #4: Sitting down after this long week, with nobody home, so the first thing to do is flip on the Golf Channel and the Web.com tour is on and this golfer – James Driscoll – was sharing some practice tips for after his -7 round. He has a club with some pebbles or bullets in it or something that makes a audible sound – he takes the club to the top, waits for the stones to drop and for the noise from rattling around in the shaft to stop, and then swing. He was working on deliberately pausing at the top of his swing. So that re-affirmed some of the direction I was taking the past two week.
Going slow, taking my time, learning to pause and shaking the hand of the invisible guy behind me are thoughts I’ve been holding onto with good result. This game takes time to dial-in but persistence seems to pay off. Maybe I’ll get to play a 9-holer this weekend before I dive back into the melee. That’s the valley – what can i say!
Quick notes from Golf Central on the Golf Channel with Martin Hall. I feel affirmed about my hunches about the backswing that I blogged about a couple days ago.
- New book released by David Leadbetter called “The A Swing – the alternative approach to Great Golf”
- DL’s 8th instructional book. Why?
- It’s about the backswing – because the backswing is really difficult to repeat on a consistent basis . Most amateurs go way inside too quick or turn too soon versus really good athletes who can compensate better.
- It’s all about synchronization between the inside circle (your hands) and the outside (the club head) of the body or the 2 circles of the swing.
- Leadbetter mentions Calvin Peete as one of his favorite players with a great swing. Up there with Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, etc. Interestingly, Calvin swung with a bent left arm because it was broken during childhood and never re-set properly. He died recently.
- Calvin Peete never let the clubhead get behind his hands. Hands stay in and the clubhead stayed out.
- He likens it to a batter in baseball – go figure, just like I mused about in my recent random thoughts blog entry and I know the Grateful Golfer mentions this in his blog as well.
- If you keep the clubhead outside all the way to the top you end up in a sorta natural batter’s set-up position which sets you up for more consistent down swings where the club head levels out perfectly to strike the ball.
- Closing comments – It’s all about simplicity.
I’m gonna take a look at some Calvin Peete swings on Youtube or something. And next time I’m in the book store, I’ll check out the book.
But this is re-assuring …. Leadbetter’s approach. Because I still don’t fell ultra-confident about my ability to be consistent with my backswing.
What a nice end to what was an unusually grueling day in the Valley.