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Friday, July 2, 2010

Swing Thought Number 12 or Was it 52?

When a shot goes astray, I’ll often blame “Swing Thought Number 12.” That’s the one found just in the beginning of my backswing! There are still 37 swing thoughts to follow.

Between advice from a dozen golf publications, the Golf Channel’s instructional shows, on-air tournament analysis and of course our helpful friends, we are blessed with hundreds of tips and pointers about our swing. It’s information overload. With the exception of our friends (and who listens to their advice) none of the others have ever seen our swing.

If you are really interested in game improvement, get help and direction from a PGA instructor. The Myrtle Beach area is blessed with both some great teaching pros and wonderful golf schools.

I know you’re not coming to the beach for golf lessons. You’re coming to wear the grips off your clubs and play some outstanding courses. However, do not give-up on some game improvement just because you’re interested in playing as many holes as possible.

Since many golfers to the area return with their families, a morning clinic or private lesson during your vacation might be just what the doctor ordered. There are numerous opportunities and your accommodations golf director will steer you in the right direction.

If you’re a family of golfers (like our three generations), a vacation that focuses on golf instruction is appropriate. A few years ago it was our Christmas present and all had a great time. Again, work with your golf director and they’ll help you put something together. They’re knowledgeable about more than tee time availabilities.

Most area courses are more than willing to go the extra mile for their visiting golfers. With enough advance notice a short clinic prior to your group’s tee times can be arranged.

Take advantage of the instructional opportunities available to you through teaching professionals. You’ll find the game is a lot more enjoyable when you can eliminate those 40+ swing thoughts.

 This got me thinking, along with a couple other blogs on golf I follow that are not the main stream media for the sport. How can Golf Magazine and Golf Digest have soo many tips to improve your game, every single month? Can there be that man "fixes" out there, or are they just filling pages.

 I actually think reading those tips and trying them may actually hurt your game more than help. I think it would help most folks, especially the high handicappers and the 1 a month players, to take a lesson. To have the proper set up, grip and stance is the best advice a golfer can get. Point in case on the Myrtle Trip is Lew Causey, he really improved with a few minor stance and grip adjustments.

 Let's face, most, and maybe all of us, play for fun, a way to relax and escape the rigors of normal day to day life. Lots of lessons may not be on your radar, but 1 or 2 can really improve your game, and make it a lot more fun to play.

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