“The road to success is always under construction.” – Arnold Palmer
Golf is a four letter word. You either love it or you hate it. Or you love it and hate it. And both of those emotions can happen within a few minute span. I have loved and hated it more times than I can count!
This time of year, and this particular week always renews my LOVE of the game. There is something about The Masters that does that to me, maybe it’s because I’m from Georgia and I have played golf for as long as I can remember. Seriously, I don’t remember a ton before I was 7. But I picked up a club at 7 years old and have never looked back. Okay maybe once or twice when I was chucking my clubs in the trunk after missing another cut on the Chicken Wing Tour (aka Hooters Tour), but the older I get, the more I appreciate golf and some of the lessons it taught me.
I made a hole in one in my first ever tournament I played. On an island green. No I’m not stretching the truth here. I still have the scorecard and the Top Flight Plus II to prove it. I was 8 years old. It was the 4th hole and I don’t remember a thing after that. In fact, I don’t think my feet touched the ground for the next two hours. Even the plethora of 7s and 8s I threw out there over the next few holes could not dampen my spirits. The lesson that taught me was to not let my emotions get too high or too low.
Even though I know not to be too high or too low, 28 years later I still find myself getting frustrated over a silly game. I’ve played in a major, been a member of a winning NCAA championship team, played in a handful of USGA events, played in countless pro and amateur events. I’ve won on almost every level. I say almost, because the professional ranks were not as kind to me as my dreams had led me to believe they’d be haha.
I only tell you these things so that you can judge my level of expertise. As I floundered on the Hot Sauce Tour (aka Hooters Tour), I took quite a few lessons from quite a few different teachers in my search for the magic elixir.
As I know now, that was a terrible idea. How can you truly get better if you are constantly changing? Some could say there were too many cooks in the kitchen. And I would wholeheartedly agree, but I digress. The point that I’m trying to make in all this is that I have seen many different views of teaching, lots of different drills, and hit countless balls.
So, am I an expert? Maybe. Maybe not. But I would like to share my 20 something years of knowledge with anybody who has loved and hated golf and still dreams of getting better. So stay tuned as I delve into the depths of my golf knowledge to lend a helping hand. I hope!
Fun Fact: I have 8 total hole-in-ones dating back to that first one in 1991.
Disclaimer: All tips, drills, and suggestions are just that a tip or a drill. Take it from me there is no magic elixir. Yet I still keep playing and still keep searching for that swing thought that is the last one I’ll ever need… until I wake up tomorrow.