Don't Count Those Birdies Before They Hatch!
By joe jones on 12/28/11
Look who's back already - joe jones! He submitted his second guest column less than a week after his first. Enjoy!
I guess Iâ€™m like everyone else that has ever played the game of golf. As we get older it becomes apparent that we must face up to a few hard facts about what the gods of golf hold in store for us.
The next day I dressed perfectly with my logo hat, logo shirt, logo shorts, logo socks and logo glove and went to the course. I figured that the yardage I should gain with my new equipment to be about 80-90 yards per hole. Heck, that will get me right out there with Bubba and Tiger. With my new putter, I should make at least 5 birdies and throw in a few eagles along the way. The heck with trying to break par, I was out to break the course record. Well, as you have probably already guessed, something got lost in the translation. For some unknown reason, I had my normal 30 putts and shot a typical 87 and felt pretty lucky to do that.
Not withstanding all the hype about golf equipment, I guess we should remember the basic rule of golf. Itâ€™s not just the bows and arrows that count; itâ€™s the Indian that uses them. I am not telling you not to by that new driver that you have your heart set on. Golfers are always looking for a magic wand. Try the following suggestions and maybe you will enjoy the game a little more:
This was written by Joseph Jones, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
photo by pasukaru76
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I am unfamiliar with "Super Extended Steel" drivers but if they are guaranteed to get me an extra 30 yards, I'm in! Thanks for the advice. ;)
Hey, are you trying to steal my "Guest Columnist of the Year" award?
Good column. People don't often come to me for equipment advice, but on the rare occasions that they do, I tell them not to bother upgrading their equipment unless it was really, really poor quality to begin with or it's more than ten years old. The club makers have made some advances in those ten years that might benefit duffers. This is why nearly all of my clubs were purchased used or on clearance. The money is much better spent on lessons.
Actually, I haven't had a lesson since 2002. I think coughing up the dough for a lesson may be what I need mostest.
@bkuehn: The scoring for the "Guest Columnist of the Year" award doesn't kick in until 01/01/2012 so you are good bkuehn. Nice article Jones. Lessons are part of my plan to get back on the course in the right shape next year.
I find that offensive!
I feel most amateur golfers would benefit from lessons, but only if their swing is at all repeatable. I would highly suggest spending a day a week at the local driving range (grass range - no mats) and making sure your set-up, grip and approach is consistent and repeatable. You can quickly find the steps towards building a fundamentally sound and proper neutral/common setup, grip, etc online. Take notes and start to find out what your faults are. Use alignment sticks so you know if you are starting the ball left/right or just fine. Find out what your typical miss is (high slice? low hook?)...
A lot of you might be amazed by how inconsistent you are from shot to shot, and how much you can fix on your own. Then once you get halfway there, go see the pro to help really fine tune your game.
I started down this path about three years ago and have shaved nearly 10 strokes off my typical round. My good shots are way more consistent, my misses not so bad, and I have a slight ability to tweak my swing!
I refuse to take a swing lesson. Refuse!
joe jones says:
SpaceMaNyO. Please advise how I have offended you. My tongue was so far up in my cheek I didn't think anyone could could take offense.
I thought he was talking about the Homer Simpson googley eyes.
I thought they were boobies.
In which case I was joking anyway.
joe jones says:
@jrbizzle: thanks great advice from a 20 hcp
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