Nowadays, many youngsters think they must get bonus points for hitting it the longest or having the prettiest swing or a swing like Tiger Woods, but they can’t bust bubbles. With technology available today, the game should be so much easier (Golf Equipment these days make it hard to hit it offline, if you don’t believe me, try getting an old persimmon driver and take it out on the course. I did recently and boy – was it hard to hit), but is it? Some of these kids are so wound up in looking good that they forget the fundamentals of the game – best score wins.
Evidence of this is when you go to a regional amateur tournament of you see all the 1 and 2 handicappers shooting high 80’s and even into the 90’s. How can that be? They know how to play their own course, but when they get on other courses, they fail as they can’t shape the ball or play a chip and run when the greens are rock hard and so on. But yet they are the first to complain about the condition of the course.
So if you want to learn how to play the game of golf, play the game I loved to play where the fairways become out of bounds, so you had to hit it in the rough and play from there. Try it – its fun. Well, maybe not at first but when you learn to shape the ball, hit it high or low etc, then it become a lot of fun.
If you want to know more about this game, go to www.yourgolfplace.com/lessons where you’ll find more details about it. I’d love to hear from those ‘Old School Guys’ if they can relate to this. With my next article I want to explore how technology has changed the way we play.
Enjoy your game. Cheers. Jim Kennedy