Gary Player’s Advice

So, Gary Player, with over one hundred sixty-six wins, including 9 majors and 3 Masters, gives Trevor Immelman advice on what to do to win the Masters.
Why then are there thousands and thousands of golf instructors who say Gary’s advice isn’t important? Either they are ignorant or they don’t fully understand how deadly important it really is.
They are NOT teaching THE most important part of the golf swing! Without IT the golfer can do EVERYTHING right, except this ONE THING, and have disastrous results.
In good conscience . . . how in the world can a golf instructor say IT is NOT important, take their students money, watch them get worse, & laugh all the way to the bank? They can get away with it because the student will NOT stand up to his instructor and tell him, that quite frankly, they are not getting any better! The number one most important factor in the golf swing is what all consistently great golfers, good golfers, and mighty fine golfers do. Why won’t they teach it? Duh, maybe they don’t know how to teach?
And what it the most important thing they should be teaching their students? It’s what Gary told Trevor to do to win the Masters….& it worked didn’t it?
“KEEP YOUR HEAD STILL!”
Jim McLellan/The Maverick

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2 Responses to Gary Player’s Advice

  1. Hi Jim,

    I’ve purchased your DVDs and also done alot of reading on another website that I believe has a somewhat similar teaching method to you, Golf Made Simple. I know there are differences, but the general consensus between the two of you is you can’t think about the swing, it just happens, so you need to groove it to consistency and don’t think about anything when you swing, except maybe just tempo, like a waltz on the brain.

    After a couple of years of haphazardly playing golf, playing a round just 6-7 times a year and practicing just a handful of times more, I want to get serious about it and put these “simple” teachings into practice. I have always been someone that is an analyzer, so seeing all the breakdowns of swings appealed to me, at first. But when it came down to doing that, insanity!

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I have stumbled upon your simple ideas and will be practicing and grooving my swing. Right now I am not that great, but I have never tried to be. I am a go-getter and I never want to settle for anything less than being the best. And this brings me to one question I wanted to have your opinion on.

    What do you think the possibilities are of someone picking up golf in their 20’s and becoming good enough to play on a tour? I don’t mean be Tiger, Jack, Arnie or any other great, but to maybe be able to play golf for a good living on the PGA or Nationwide tours. I know that is a lofty goal, but I really do not know any other way to aim. I side-question to that is, do you think that it takes the 20-30 years that alot of these pro golfers have played, starting when they could essentially walk, to develop the mental aspects of their game and have their swing so consistently grooved that they can play at this level OR is the fact that they did LEARN as a CHILD the real key ingredient, since they likely learned by just watching the greats and mimicing, and thus have almost from the get-go had a thoughtless swing leaving the only part as practice, gameplanning, mental toughness etc.,whereas anyone that wants to pick it up later in life almost invariably resports to lessons and consequently never improves beyond a handful of strokes, if that?

    I know alot depends on the innate talent that is there and tapping that talent. I had a similar experience to you, skinny kid in high school an then when I put my mind to it added alot of weight and was in town a few years later and a lot of people did not recognize me. But obviously, I did not have the genetics to be the next Arnold.

    One last point, an analogy to the lack of thinking in the golf swing, is tennis, or any other sport, really. I was a high-level tennis player in high school and college, and I remember being videotaped by a coach once and he pointed out the way I hit the ball as being wrong, I used an almost windshield wiper motion on the ball. It looked weird, but I had more power and spin than anyone else he taught, and could back them off the court with my spin. After he told me that, my dad cancelled all lessons with the guy because he told me, screw what the pros are telling you. You’re not thinking about what you are doing now, and it works, so why change it? Not there with my golf game, but his words still ring true: find your swing and screw the technicalites.

    Enjoying the Blog! (and sorry for the long post!)

  2. Matt!

    You have everything going for you to meet your goals….if you want
    it badly enough and you pay very close attention to what you let in your swing!!!

    Your Father’s wisdom, as it translates through your DNA and environment, is a great foundation.

    I have been witness to others who
    had lofty goals who had the impression that various forms of instruction would produce better and better results. In many endeavors…Real
    Estate, Stocks, anything technical…this is true. In the golf swing just the opposite is true. Mixing information can be counter-productive!

    Once the basic golf swing is in place, one needs to leave it alone and practice a great deal to make it completely automatic.

    I have NEVER seen other golf instruction that didn’t add something to the swing that shouldn’t be there or that didn’t omit something that should be a vital part of the golf swing.

    Be very careful what you let become part of your swing. The right ingredients in your swing are about as “touchy” as making a nuclear bomb.

    Keep me posted on your progress.
    You have a great attitude.

    Best,

    Jim

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