PLAY YOUR GOLF YOUR WAY

Upon rereading last week’s post, I seem to be advocating short hitting. I’m not. Please believe me, I’d love to have been a big boomer. But my natural body rhythm and my musculature denied me the chance. My saving grace was that I learned that there’s more than one way to play golf, and I adapted my game to my abilities and my skills, and I advise you to do the same.

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus hit their drives and other shots about as far as the strongest of their contemporaries, and that was good for them. On the other hand, not everyone had Tiger’s and Jack’s abilities. Tiger and Jack won a lot of tournaments. But they didn’t win every one they entered. Every now and then, Short hitters like Lee Trevino or Jim Furyk snuck in there with a lower score.

What I’m saying is that, whatever your goals in golf, you can meet them by playing your game to your abilities, regardless of all the Golf Digest cover stories trying to influence you to be a blaster. You’ll be happier with your results if you learn to improve your scores by doing it your way. This week I have two top pros whose stories advocate this thought.

Story #1…I read that last week, Henrik Stensen, winner of The Open Championship used his 3 wood off the tee more than his driver. He gave up distance purposely, in order to gain control. And look at the results!

Story #2…This week, Tiger Woods announced that he could not play in any PGA tournaments for the whole year. His bad back was in no shape to play. This at 38 years of age, while smooth swinging Sam Snead played tour events into his 70s and fun golf into his 90s. Snead was called Slammin’ Sammy, and was known for his long hitting. But his body rhythms and musculature allowed him to hit the ball hard and far gracefully. Tiger, on the other hand, for some reason had to hit the ball viciously ┬áto achieve his results. Go to Youtube and look at how hard he swung at the ball. His swing finally wore his body out. His chose to overcome his natural rhythms so that he could get his long hitting results. Imagine his pain. Is golf so important to you (as it was to Tiger) that you give up everything else for it? For a weekend golfer, 225 to 240 yard drives can achieve a low handicap, and you can learn to do it easily.

Compare. Would you like to be able to play golf into your 90s, or are you willing to give it up in your 30s? Read my book, HOW SHORT HITTING, BAD GOLFERS BREAK 90 ALL THE TIME. Available on Amazon.

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