What’s your excuse for not practicing? Hanni from Norway takes advantage of minus 10 degree weather to hone his magnificent golf swing. He is truly a stellar example of a student who is destined for greatness. Hanni finds the time to devote serious practice to his swing, when he’s not performing his trade as an accomplished airline pilot or helping his lovely wife raise their three beautiful children!…or doing dozens of other things, he does very well. He was concerned that he might not be proficient enough in English (he speaks several languages) to write his story correctly. I’ll give him an A+. What do you think? Here’s his story. It’s a winner!
Let me hereby make an attempt to help other golfers who are searching for their potential golf-swing, but still feel very confused. I have been on a wild and crazy emotional rollercoaster ride the last 10 years, subjected to countless DVDs/”golf-professionals” advice/books/magazines always contradicting each other, something I believe has been the case for very many others golfers held hostage by the golf industry.
I am 43 years, with a golf-handicap of 5, live in Norway (yes Europe-Scandinavia), an Airline Pilot that passionately loves the game people call golf.
Why would I stand outside this time a year with temperatures now below -10˚ C/10˚F wearing Sam Snead’s hat listening to waltz-time music on my iPod and swinging a golf-club?
I am actually stealing “Jim McLellan’s” golf-swing!
Inspired by the book “Dream on” written by J. Richardson, that referred me to the one and only amazing “Golf Maverick” Jim McLellan, I have found how and where to perfect my new perfect golf-swing! At home!
Having watched Jim McLellan’s amazing DVD countless times for almost 2 months, I have finally found applicable answers for questions that have haunted my mind with foolish swing-thoughts and restricted my body from swinging like it should!
I see now that finding ones perfect golf-swing is much more similar to how children learn their first language, than education yourself to become a brain surgeon. (Both my parents are doctors!)
I have written down the “code” I use for stealing “the absolute perfect swing” which I am sure also can be applied to many other challenges in life.
Set your golf GOAL and frequently remind yourself. Mine has been to become a scratch golfer!
PASSION is required and the more passionate one is, the easier it is to stay focused on the GOAL.
BELIEVE in yourself!
Get the RIGHT INFORMATION from Jim! He gives you all that is necessary, not too much, as that will only complicate things for you! You will figure out the rest yourself!
Jim says PRACTICE like crazy! So do it! Make it enjoyable with music. A driving range is not required! Winter, no problem look at me! It will require some physical effort, so your body/health will profit! Swing weighted clubs! Watch great golf-swings again and again, videotape yourself and compare.
Sam Snead’s stationary Hat and the iPod playing waltz-time music will eventually make your swing feel and look great – Rhythm, timing ++ will all come by itself as a result after lots of practice!
One more thing:
My secret for success in life has been learning to truly enjoy doing things that you know are good for your wellbeing in the long run. Like taking care of your body, educating oneself, helping others …
Thanks Jim, I am forever grateful!
Your student from far away,
Jim McLellan The Anti-Pro…Diet Guru
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Happy New Year Jim
Just wanted to tell you about my experience. Went out yesterday with my wife (who incidently has a lovely swing) to the golf course…first time for me in over 2 months. What with working, the Holidays, the weather, and such, I really haven’t had the chance. I haven’t even picked up a golf club in that time. All I did was swing my McSwinger for about 5 minutes, pictured your swing in my head, and
made my way to the first tee. Took a nice smooth swing…and bam! straight down the middle about 220 yards (I didn’t get any roll since the course is kind of soft and damp in the winter). Anyway, I surprised myself! Well, we only played 9 holes, and I shot a 50, which for this 26-handicapper isn’t all bad. In fact, 4 of my putts were left within an inch or so of the cup, so my score should have been lower. That aside, I was just so happy with the way I was striking the ball. I still have some work and practicing to do, but my full intention is to lower that handicap this year. I’m shooting for an under 20 handicap by the end of 2010 (why not shoot for the stars when you get the chance?). I’m hoping you are able to blog more soon…love reading your thoughts and ideas.
One of Sam’s quotes(I once hit a 5 iron 150 yards and then 185 yards and then realized the whole game of golf was about rhythm and thats all i think about now when i practice.)
Sam learned how to play as a kid by using a stick and hitting acorns over a fence with his hands in bare feet, no money for driving ranges.
You have to learn to keep your head extremely still to do that, try it.
One more thing Sam had a full swing with a still hat well into his 80’s and was really the first person to really talk about diet and physical fitness well before Gary Player ever mentioned it.
Wow, that is a wonderful story, and so full of inspiration!! Thanks for sharing that. And I’ll bet all those tips would work just fabulously in any area of life. Even when it comes to practicing my mandolin.
That actually looks like a Sam Snead Hat! I also believe Hanni is looking at his reflection in his patio doors to hone his swing! I do it all the time (a great tip!)- Early evening works best!