Re: Golfers of RedsZone (aka War Stories from the Rough)
I've been playing with very good athletes for a long time. And without question, the biggest problem with a good athlete is swinging too hard, especially if he's a baseball player.
The advantage of being strong isn't that you can hit the ball a long way. The advantage is that you don't have to swing hard to hit it a very respectable distance. You give away your advantage if you swing hard.
You need a 3/4 swing anyway if you want to play single digit handicap golf. It's like the second serve in tennis. You have to own it. You have to be able to call on it at will and know it's going in.
Perfect that swing, then stretch it out. Take a full shoulder turn, but don't reach for the sky in the last foot of your backswing. That's where most golfers lose control, that last foot of backswing. You wobble out of balance moving your arc and having to move it back. This is doomed to fail when the pressure is on.
Learn to throw darts. That's golfing IQ, golfing maturity.
Yeah, it's fun to blast it over 300 yards. Not so much if you can't find it. Hit it 250 to 275 and play from the fairway if you want a single digit handicap.
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