Hey AP, “. . .You’re so fine
Change my water into wine
Show me that you’re no fool
Walk across my swimming pool. . . “
Just when I started believing I was the Guru of Golf, the Sultan of Swat, The King of the Swing, The answer to the golfers prayer . . . comes some Breaking News. I’ve got more to learn. And learn indeed, I Did__from a student!
Let’s back ‘er up to 2004. Said student orders the McLellan Golf DVDs, falls head over heals in love and posts reviews all over the Net. He did it right. Giddy in Golfdom. Perfect! He built a solid and powerful and consistent and pretty golf swing, the envy of the guys and gals at the driving range! He had nailed the 3 key factors in the golf swing . . . everything else followed naturally and automatically, as it should.
He was in full agreement that the golf industry’s approach was nuts and didn’t work. Whoopee. He felt sorry for anyone who was having a problem with our game. All one needed to do, said he, was to follow the sage advice of one world renowned golf instructor extraordinaire aka Jim McLellan . . . like he did, by Golly. Was he lucky or what? He broke the code, kept it simple, followed no other advice and had video taped his swing and made the necessary corrections. Here’s a guy who embraced the 3
key Jewels of Wisdom. Too bad for the rest, said he.
Not exactly. Fast forward to 2008. He writes to say that he is having problems. Problems? Whoops, what’s wrong? Did I omit something? Did I say something that I shouldn’t? Is there a better way to learn how to find one’s best golf? Is this a wake-up call for me? Am I no better than the other pros I cut down, (at every opportunity)? Pa-Leeze, Dear God, I beg you . . . don’t send me down below to spend an eternity with “them.”
I open my email bag and find a request from the “star” student. “Hey Jim, I need your help, can I send you a video of my swing?”
My wife, who doesn’t play golf, walks by my monitor as I play the video for the first time. “Whoops!” she mutters as she continues her stroll.
Expecting to see the 3 key factors in place, I start to faint and reach for the smelling salts. Factor 1, his back swing position stops way before it should. Not nearly high enough or back far enough and the left arm bends. Oh Dear! One down and 2 to go. Factor 2, Follow-through mirrors his back swing, has no purpose, is sloppy and is not in the correct position. Lets see, that’s 2 down and one to go. Factor 3 Head not still & bobs around like a cork on a river. What’s the score? Zero for 3. Can’t get worse than that! Oh Yeah? I also suggest that it is of utmost importance that students video tape themselves and correct any problems. Never did!
So this student had no idea what was going on and was practicing bad habits. Can it get any worse than this, you ask? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here comes another swing eating shark. Mr. “G-Whiz I’m doing everything like you told me” was reading books, watching videos, and following advice from everyplace under ol Sol. Z
ero for 5. Merdre!Confusion and frustration set in. Paralysis through analysis. Head spinning out of control. Seriously considering quitting the game for good. All because the instructions were NOT
followed. Yet, it is so simple.
My most difficult job is to convince golfers how simple our game really is & to Follow the Owners Manual to the letter..(it’s only one page). Practice! Get good! Enjoy!
Don’t follow the Owners Manual___ buy clubs that float.
The good news is, this student, a fine gentleman, is going back to square one and doing it right this time. I expect great results.
Love is lovelier the second time around. I’ll let you know. Count on it!
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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