It’s all in the game

2013-02-22 00:00

EVERY month, golf magazines are published, and obviously it’s golfers worldwide who buy them and read them cover to cover.

Every one of those publications features tips and recommendations about how to improve different aspects of the game. Each article carries the name of a well-known swing coach or, better still, a prominent professional and preferably one who has won a recent tournament.

Even the seasoned weekend golfer, who has seen and read every golf tip you can imagine, finds it difficult to ignore the articles.

“How to save shots around the green”, “Better bunker play” and “How to avoid three putting” are typical of the headings of these articles.

Naturally, these suggested tips and methods of improvement are more relevant to golfers who are fairly new to the game. The experienced golfer knows his game and is quite aware of what works for him, but he may find one of the magazine tips interesting.

The next time he plays he may try a minor adjustment, especially when things on the course aren’t going according to plan. But most golfers who have been playing for a number of years will find it almost impossible to make a radical change to their swing or grip. However, making small adjustments to these things are part of the game. This mostly happens on the course and not, as you would think, on the range. In any case, most amateur golfers don’t visit the practice tee.

It’s instinctive to change what you last did if you hook a tee shot way into the bush. Logic tells you to adjust something with your swing, grip or stance, otherwise you could find yourself doing the same on the next tee.

So there are times when the tinkering could start as early as the second or third tee box.

They say that golf is a game of over-correction, so don’t be surprised if the opposite happens, like a big slice, after your “minor” adjustment.

This is typical of the game and if this does happen, you will find it a challenge to find the fairways for the remainder of this round of golf.

Nevertheless, the game somehow finds a way to bring you back next week, your drive at the 18th will be rifled right down the middle and you finish in style like a real golfer.

All will be forgiven and forgotten and we’ll see you next week.

From the 19th hole:

Sam and Harry are playing first hole. Sam hits a wicked slice into the adjoining fairway. The ball hits another player right between the eyes and he drops to the ground like a pole-axed buffalo. Sam and Harry rush over to the man and find him unconscious with the ball lying on the ground between his legs.

Sam in a panic stricken voice says, “Oh my God, what should I do?”

Harry replies calmly: “Don’t move him, if you leave him there he becomes an immovable obstruction and according to the rules you are allowed a free drop within one club length.”

Heeding magazine tips could boomerang on the experienced golfer, but

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