I say wisdom from the PGA Senior tour because at this age, you should have some. I wish all of our student/members could have joined me for what was a perfect day. The weather was perfect! Being it was Wednesday, you would have had the opportunity to see exactly how these tour players practice. That’s the key! How they practice on the PGA Senior Tour.
I’m not talking about the number of hours because workaholics they’re not. That’s for the young bucks on the regular and web.com tours.
One key addition to the group was Gene’s new caddy. Gene’s caddy Derrick is a former PGA pro himself and used to caddy for Brad Faxon on the Senior Tour. Well, Gene has had problems with putting so why not take the caddy of who was thought to be the best putter on tour.
Here’s what we worked on yesterday at the Senior Tour.
Ball striking: About two hours spent hitting balls with most of the work from 100 yards. We moved Gene’s ball up in his stance. He was hitting it a little heavy. Yes, even tour players can make such simple adjustments that one would think so fundamental, that it doesn’t need attention. Not true!
Bunkers: Maybe spent about 1/2 hour. Worked on buried lies and a new method Derrick came up with which I will add to the one day school and bunker workshops.
Putting: You can see the arc tool we used in the picture above. We worked a lot on keeping Gene’s chest moving through the stroke. He has a tendency to lock up a bit at impact and then pull the putt to the left and sometimes close the club face when his chest stops moving, also sending the ball to the left.
I can’t thank Gene enough for allowing me to spend the day with him and Derrick. My ability to get “behind the ropes” on the Senior Tour will bring you true practical suggestions to improve your golf game with the same methods players are using on tour.
I can testify to that! Even if you had the same flexibility and stamina, you don’t have the same time on your hands. When I was about 10 years old, I could walk to the golf course from my house and I didn’t come home until dark. Of course back in those days, a young kid could walk around safely. I worked on my golf game all day without a care in the world.
As you get older you have so many distractions. Responsibilities of life that have to be met. Bills to pay and money to earn. I’ve seen players on tour with their entire family practically living in a van. Now that’s hard!
The purpose of this conversation is to let you know that it’s OK to be easy on yourself in your golf game improvement. You’re NOT doing it for a living so you should enjoy challenging yourself and accept the bad shots with the good ones.
This is also why I am a BIG believer in doing drills at home as often as you can. You can’t get to the golf course and/or driving range everyday. Logging a considerable number of reps at home will have a significant impact on your play at the golf course. I promise. I always have a golf club in the living room so I can do a drill during a commercial. Of course the one downside to this is, my darling wife has a weapon easily available in case the wrong name comes up on my cell phone! Naaaa, not a chance.
Had a student today that was 81 years old! He was great fun too! Great shape for his age and wanted some more distance. Don’t we all! Well he thought that by turning his chest more he could create more energy and hit it further. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for me, (because he finally got frustrated and called me) the exact opposite medication was in order.
In fact, he would probably hit the ball further if he stayed perfectly still and flailed at it with his arms and hands. I gave me the “swoosh” drill which will get his arms going and help him release the hands at impact better. I also lightened his grip and he began to hit the ball higher and further right on the spot.
He is a veteran of the Army 101 Airborne division. I’m not using his name without his permission but I can tell you that gentlemen like him is what made our country great. I pray that we can continue to have great Americans willing to defend freedom at all costs.
Be Careful Taking Golf Swing Advice From Golf Magazines!
Many a good golf swing has been ruined by over emphasizing a golf tip from a golf magazine or a golf book. I’m not necessarily blaming the magazine mind you. The golf magazine is in the business of providing golf information for their clients and I’m sure they try to do their best. Problem is, as much as any golf guru would like to say they are trying to help the golfing public with their article, in private most will tell you that to offer the proper and effective advice for YOUR golf game they need to see you swing a golf club.
Golfers read what seems like a great tip, and it might be, but for another golf swing rather than yours. They attempt to apply what the expert suggests only to find themselves in worse trouble then when they started, more frustrated and confused and in some cases giving up the game altogether.
My suggestion is to take golf advise just like to should take news reports. They might be true but there is probably more to the issue. Take what you think might be a good idea to your teaching pro first. Ask him/her about the article, it’s application and whether it would be a good idea for your swing style.
Also you should make sure your teaching pro, (if you’re taking lessons) knows that you are attempting to try a tip you’ve read or seen on TV. The worst thing you can do is incorporate another swing theory with the one your pro is working with you on. That spells disaster!
Bottom line, read the magazine to keep up with golf, outstanding offers for golfing vacations and the latest golf clubs. Listen to your Mom when it comes to golf instruction, “don’t talk to strangers”!