Tinkering with your technique

2008-09-09 00:00

Each month, golf magazine publishers are faced with the challenge of designing a front cover that will catch the eye of the golfer in such a way that they will buy the magazine.

One of the tried-and-trusted methods to attract the golfer is to offer a page of instruction, and so much the better if it is supposedly written by one of the recent tournament winners.

For instance, the cover could read: “How to cut five shots from your score” or “Better bunker play”, “How to save shots around the green” etc.

These tips for improvement are more relevant to golfers who are fairly new to the game. Experienced golfers know their game and know what works for them, but they may find one of the magazine tips interesting and the next time they play they may try a minor adjustment.

But to ask a golfer who has been playing for a number years to make a radical change to his swing, grip or stance would be futile; you may as well ask him to play left-handed.

But tinkering with technique is part and parcel of the game. This tinkering most often happens on the course and not the practice tee. After all, if you hook the first tee shot way into the bush, something has to change with your swing, grip or stance, otherwise the same could happen on the next tee. So sometimes the tinkering starts as early as the second tee box. Then your drive goes right! Oops, a case of over-correction. This is absolutely typical of the game and, if this does happen, you are in for an interesting 18 holes.

Then finally, standing there at the 18th tee after what has been a miserable day, you rifle a drive right down the middle, and suddenly some of the misery is eased. You finish in style and you may even manage half a smile when you are handing over your hard-earned cash to your opponent. Or maybe that’s too much to ask.

One thing can be guaranteed though — next week you will be tinkering with something else.

Last week’s results

On Saturday Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug in conjunction with the Peters Cup.

The winner of the A division was Robby Bruce with a 67 net. In second place was Mario Olivier on 69 net. The B division was won by Bev Gray on a net 70 with Neil Raeburn coming second with a net 71. The C division was won by Goofy Griffiths with net 67 and second was Stan Carruthers on 68 net.

The Peters Cup was won on a count-out by Goofy Griffiths with 41 points and runner-up was Robby Bruce.

Victoria Country Club held a fourball Stableford alliance on Saturday with two scores to count. The winning combination on a count-out with 85 points were Hillary Keeton, Ron Davis, Keith Ferguson and Lynton Cousins. Second were Dave Sutton, Brandon Leer, Bruce Sole and Stuart Smith.

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 prostrate 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 two club lengths.”

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