Looks Are Deceiving on The Golf Course

Last night I played in one of the last Men’s night at Osprey Links Golf Course. I played with my usual crew (Rick and Blair) in a four man scramble. We never know who our 4th player will be and sometimes it is a crap shoot. As our other teammate walked to our tee, Blair and Rick shouted out a greeting to Gord. They played with him last week. After introductions, we were ready to start our game.

Blair Striping It Down The Fairway!

Our adventures this week paid off because we won second flight on the front nine with a 3 under 33. Interestingly, we did not birdie either of the par 5s. This seems to be a growing trend during our 4 man scramble, but that is a discussion for another day.

Additionally, I won a prize on the 150 yard second hole. I was closest to the pin at 4 feet and before you ask, yes we made our birdie!

Personally, I was hitting the ball very well, but that is not the topic of this article. I wanted to focus on Gord. From the moment he addressed his first ball, I was confused. The way he set up, his posture, and his “Happy Gilmore” follow through definitely caught my attention.

According to everything I read, Gord was doing all his pre-shot alignment and set up wrong. His posture was too low, his arm position was out of alignment, and his head was too far behind the ball on set up. However, when Gord hit is first drive 250 yards down the middle of the fairway, I decided that looks can be deceiving.

As we looped the front nine at our golf course, Gord was consistently long, chip very well, and putted on par with everyone else in the group. Without watching his entire game, we would quickly dismiss him as a novice player with not much game. That could not be further from the truth! Gord definitely has game.

This is not the first time I was surprised by a player with an unorthodox swing. I always say that the score card does not say how, just how many. Players who do not fit the mold, but can score are perfect examples of who not to underestimate. Looks are deceiving and sometimes, if you are not paying attention, it can cost you in competition.

I guess the point to my diatribe of the day is that ‘how’ is not always as important as the result. Sometimes hitting ugly is just as effective as hitting it perfectly. Of course, duplication of your swing is important and Gord definitely fit that category. Sometimes we over think things instead of sticking with what works.

Have you ever been surprised on the golf course by someone whose swing does not fit their score?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Written by Jim Burton at The Grateful Golfer blog.


2 thoughts on “Looks Are Deceiving on The Golf Course

  1. Oh I sure have. From guys who turn the drivers face 45 degrees left of target to guys that point their bodies thirty degrees right of the line they are aiming for. Some do it really well, and others shoot 100+. I guess the fact that they are out there is enough. Then there is the fact that to fix a learned bad setup generally requires having to endure getting worse before you get better. That’s what made me wait so long to change. That and no small amount of disgust from not being able to fix the hook I fell into. It was worth the pain and work and I wish I’d made my changes much earlier. But hindsight….

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    • Kevin

      You are right, at least they are playing. Your assessment of getting worse before getting better is a mental picture most of the time. Once on the long path to adjusting a swing, positive aspects and low scores seem to follow. It is all about being happy with your game. Who am I to point fingers!



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