Avoid becoming a ‘deliberate’ player

2013-05-10 00:00

IS there too much analysis and too many things to think about when we hit a golf ball?

That’s what many golfers believe and some they say it’s better to just take your stance, grip it and rip it. Trying to analyse the golf swing and getting too technical is what is known as paralysis by analysis.

Coaching experts of the game recommend that before each shot a basic routine should be developed by every golfer — it’s important for the mind and body. If the mind is comfortable, the body will be too.

But don’t take too long in going through your routine otherwise you will earn a reputation as a “deliberate” player, which is just a euphemism for “slow” and nobody wants that epithet.

Young amateur golfers coming into the game have seen their heroes on television and often try to emulate them with mannerisms and pre-shot routines. There’s nothing wrong with that, providing it doesn’t take too long.

What isn’t acceptable is when they look at every putt from both sides and take an unacceptable amount of time to hit the ball.

That just isn’t necessary.

The golfer who does this too often will find that word will spread around the club and he will have difficulty in getting someone to play with him.

Talking about copying professionals, it is noticeable that pros seem to be putting from off the green far more often than they did in the past.

Most amateurs take the old “Texas wedge” from off the green simply because it’s the safest option. You can’t “frog” it or “gum” it with a putter, can you? In the past, you would see high-handicap golfers take out a wedge for that shot because they have seen the professionals do it.

Thankfully, even the professionals seem to have come to their senses.

When you’re confronted with a metre of fringe and it’s five metres down-hill to the hole, don’t tell me you would use a wedge or sand iron. It’s a simple case of asking yourself, “What club will get me closest to the hole?”

From the 19th hole

I had just moved to the Victoria Estate and while I was playing my first round of golf there, I accidentally overturned my golf cart. The noise drew the attention of a pretty young lady living in a house nearby.

“Are you okay?” she called.

“Yes I’m fine thanks, just a little shaken up”, I replied. She introduced herself and invited me into her house to rest for a while. “That’s kind of you but I don’t think my wife would like it,” I said. “Oh come on,” she insisted, “I’ll help you with the cart later.”

She was very persuasive. Eventually I agreed and added: “My wife is not going to like this.” After a couple of beers, I thanked my host and said, “I feel a lot better now, but I know my wife is going to be really upset.”

Don’t be silly,” she said with a smile. “She won’t know anything. By the way, where is she?”

“She’s under the cart,” I said.

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