It’s been about a month since the last blog and I have been playing at about a 4 to 5 times a week clip. It looks like the 18 month slump is officially over. Since the last blog my handicap has dropped from 6.9 to 5.4 and 14 of my last 16 rounds have been below 80, although I did have a run where I shot 4 straight 79’s, but hey, that is breaking 80. It is a far cry from last year where I went a full 8 weeks without breaking 80. So what has changed.
Naturally, what has improved tremendously is my putting. I am no longer putting with this more unconventional method, but it does give me something to go back to, if I really start to have problems again. I will write about this method in future blogs, if I continue to find success on the greens . I have change three things in my long golf game. I am much more cognizant of where I am aiming. I am more aware of my posture and the distance I stand from the ball. I have changed my take away or the first 18 to 24 inches of my swing. At any televised golf tournament the standard and practically only shot of the golfer when he is making a shot, is from behind the player. For whatever reason I started noticing that tour players seem to take the club away from the ball just slightly different for every club in the bag. For the driver they seem to take the club just slightly outside the line and for every club going down they start to move a little more to the inside. Just to break in down into sections: Driver just outside the line; Fairway metals straight back; long to mid irons slightly inside the line; short irons and wedges inside the line. My theory is this. By taking it outside the line on the driver this promotes the ability to give a more sweeping action on the downswing. Moving inside the line more quickly on the wedges promotes a more downward swing, which creates the down and through action needed for these clubs. I do not know if I am right or not, but since I have started having a take away that is a little different for every club, my ball striking has improved 100%, and distance has increased by 15 to 20 yards with the same equipment. Then I did one other thing on the physical side of the game.
I became Jim Furyk. What does that mean? Jim Furyk’s dad was a PGA professional and allowed Jim to swing the way he does because he felt a natural swing will hold up under pressure better than a manufactured one. Let that one sink in for awhile. That may be one the greatest statements ever made on the golf swing. I will discuss this more in future blogs, but let’s just say that I am now swinging my natural way with all its faults and nuances. For 6 weeks, I have played with no swing thoughts and no swing fixes. I have become Jim Furyk. I am still having some problems with the chip yips but even they have improved. I consider that part of the mental game, which I will save for later. Will I continue to improve? Who knows. I will say golf has become much more fun, since I have freed myself up to just let er rip. To be continued.