What have I learned over the years about the game of golf? Why do I love the game like I do? What could I possible offer to the rest of the world about golf?
To quote from Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways? Words like freely, purely and passion can all refer to golf.
My first few, far too many, years of golf I was certainly swinging freely. I, stupidly, had no idea that I should take lessons and I freely hit the ball a long way. Yes, a long way to the right, with a huge sweeping slice. It was not till I had been golfing four or five years that I went and took lessons from Wade Hudyma at the Wascana Golf and Country Club.
I have taken lessons often. Somehow my body reverts to those bad habits. Even a good running car needs a tune up and the same applies to your golf swing. I, of course, have a book of the many lessons I have taken. Some are the original write ups by the Pro,and some are my own recap of the lesson just taken. Others I have taken lesson from are Scott, Stu, Brad, Jennifer, Ken, Gord, Cameron and Bob, just to name a few. A copy of the last lesson I had is in my golf bag now.
Pretty well all the lessons are in the same vane.
- Check your setup and your grip.
- Stand tall, bend slightly forward,let your arms hang down and bend your knees slightly.
- Relax, take a practise swing behind the ball.
- Keep your feet closer together.
- Make sure your hands are inside the head of the club in your backswing.
- Turn your left shoulder under your chin.
- Make sure you keep in balance
- Finish your swing down towards second base (as if you were a batter in baseball.)
- Push that Driver back and then up making a larger arc but don’t go too far back.
I booked as a single this morning at 8:00 a.m. at Elbow Springs, Elbow and Mountain nines. (Coincidently I had booked on the same day July 6 as a single two years ago at River Spirit.) It was a time for me to work on my game as the threesome I was playing with had no idea what to expect as they had never seen me before!
I also had a new right lens put in my glasses late afternoon on Tuesday and I wanted to see if there was an improvement in my sight on the golf course. Being alone on a golf car gave me lots of time to think about “the next shot”. The weather was perfect – sunny and NO wind. I played smart golf the first four holes with Pars. In fact the first Par 5 I hit my drive 198 yards in the center of the fairway. All was not perfect for the rest of the game. With my new, improved, swing I am hitting my short irons further than I have been and needless to say I was long on some of my approaches. The fairways are cut really close and sometimes I should use my 5 Wood instead of my 3 Wood. I think I am going to be giving up distance but in a lot of cases I have better contact with the 5 Wood.
As with any changes it takes time to adjust. I was happy with the results, mostly. I know when I make the proper back swing and follow through how great the feel was and the sound of that pure click when the club hit the ball. I started out with four pars but ended up with 42-45 = 87. Now I can’t wait to get out again. More work needed from that 140-110 yard distances.
Every time I pick up a club I want to hit it purely. Needless to say, my passion for the game keeps me trying to improve. That’s all for now folks!