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Golf Australia Express : Issue 49
WHILE GOLF IS A game of form, when the rot sets in reason can be hard to hold onto. Where there is a need, there is a business and there are few people in sport who feel the need for help quite as acutely as golfers. It is difficult to name another sport with such a wide array of gadgets and gizmos to help improve our games: swing correctors and putting aids, braces and smart phone applications to record and analyse club speed and arc. And then there’s the library of books that describe technical aspects of the game as they take problems down to their scientific roots before building up solutions. With such a vast array of assistance it is easy to feel overwhelmed and beyond sensory overload, and then there’s the unmistakable pull on the wallet. So where is the golf dollar best spent on game development? I reckon I can answer that. Years ago I almost threw golf away completely. I was on the 15th and had just launched another drive. My playing partner thought it looked great off the tee but I knew what was coming. I’d seen it before. Every time I stepped up to the tee for who knows how many rounds the same thing happened: it started out straight and then, late, developed a vicious slice that travelled deep into jungle. There was something about my partner’s congratulations that almost broke me. I kept on and halfway to the next hole I remembered something I heard from a pro during a lesson in the 80s—my grip wasn't right. It was a quick WHEN IT ALL GOES TO HELL OUT ON COURSE, THERE ARE FEW THINGS LIKE AN EXPERT TIP TO RIGHT THE SHIP, WRITES WILL HONE. LESSON LEARNED with Will Hone IN HONING fix I could try on the next tee. Boom—a straight drive. I’ve never seen a more welcome sight on a course. I was lucky. If there’s a business for every need, there’s a teacher for every job and golf professionals are probably the most valuable resource any club can offer. Not all professionals are good teachers, but half an hour with someone who knows what they’re doing will tweak a swing and point out a few other problems and there’s more than muscle memory to be gained from a lesson. You get knowledge and that’s recyclable. That’s how on the 15th when everything had gone to hell in a hand basket, the words of a teacher from long ago rang true. And they were all I needed. That reminds me, probably time to book another lesson... OTG If there’s a business for every need, there’s a teacher for every job and golf professionals are probably the most valuable resource any club can offer. DO YOU AGREE? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
Issue 48—PGA Championship