2017 Toronto Golf Show – Final Thoughts

The Toronto Golf Show as a big success. I enjoyed my 4 hours of nirvana as I talked all things golf. I let you know about some of the sway I won and about the Wilson Staff Triton, but there were a few other things that I want to share.

The following highlights are worth a mention and I hope if you went to the show you had a chance to stop by their booths. Continue reading

It is Freakin’ Cold Outside!

Yesterday morning as I walked to my car, I heard an all too familiar sound of crisp cold snow crunching under my boots. The sound reminded me of the frost on grass late in the fall. The difference was that yesterday it was 28 degrees Celsius below zero! It was freakin’ cold.

Even though I was dressed in many layers (as good golfers do to stay warm) I could still feel the cold penetrating my clothing and the frost rising from my every breath. As I drove the 30 minutes to work, the ice fog eerily surrounded my car as I followed the black salt cover road in the darkness. So what does my lamenting about the cold have to do with golf; that is a great question!  Continue reading

Reading About Golf

I like to read. I like to read about different things. I really like to read about golf. I find most of my information on-line, however there is nothing like reading a real book. The feel of the paper, the smell of the pages, and the durability of a book is unmatched by electronics.

Generally, I will read a book or two over the year that is recommended by one of my readers. I find that if they recommend a book, it should be worth reading. With the passing of the Christmas season, many of you received a book or two from “Elwin the Elf” and are ready to snuggle up under a blanket and read away! What would you do if you received 6 books for Christmas! Continue reading

Trusting Your Golf Swing

Trusting your golf swing is a fundamental principle to great golf. Any professional golf instructor talks about mechanics, weight distribution and follow through like we have an innate ability to perform this complex movement. Their instruction, although extremely valuable in most cases, breaks the golf swing down to a million little movements. Now, I do not know about you, but I am not sure I can think of all the movements required to perform the perfect golf swing.

Dr Bob RotellaRecently, I started reading the book “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella. It is an older book, but many of the topics he mentions resonates with me. Specifically, the stated:

You cannot hit a golf ball consistently well if you think about the mechanics of your swing as you play!

This specific line hit me like a ton of bricks. Basically, Rotella suggests that it is important to trust your swing during play and do not focus on the mechanics! Focus on course management, the conditions of the course, aim points, well basically all the things that most amateurs do not usually focus on (myself included some rounds). He says to leave all the swing adjustments for the driving range!

I cannot count the number of times I have tried to make adjustments on the course. Most of the time, these changes caused more trouble and did not achieve what I was hoping for! Notice I used the word ‘hoping’! Unless I can hit several balls in a row after an adjustment, it is extremely unlikely I can determine if the change was effective or just a fluke.

Additionally, the number of times I have given advice while playing (not in competitive rounds) is up there as well. Sometimes it helps my friends for a shot or two, but the suggestion is not sustainable because they cannot hit enough shots in a row to develop a new swing technique.

I follow a blog called: The Goofy Game of Golf Trying to Execute the Answer! There, Vet talks about accepting and playing your swing of that day, which he calls ‘that day method’, instead of trying to wrestle with it! To me, this fits perfectly into what Dr. Bob was saying!

Today is almost an epiphany. Moving forward, I am going to focus on the game instead of swing mechanics during my golf rounds. I am going to save my practice for the range! With only a couple of weeks before golf season, I am excited to try this new technique as I pursue the goal of being a scratch golfer!

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

Golf Books and DVDs

Any Recommendations?

There are thousands of books, DVDs, videos, apps, and on-line lessons.  The difficulty is selecting the right media and material.  Selecting any type of golf instruction can pose a challenge, however it is not overwhelming or impossible.  Yesterday, I was asked:  “Would there be some advice of some other books for beginners?”  This is a great question and the answer depends on so many variables that it really is hard to recommend just one type of medium. Having said that, here is what I have in my library and a list of links that would recommend to continue your search.

A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein.  It is the first book I ever received.  It is not a how to book, but a great read.  It touches on many aspects of professional golf and is a must read for golf nuts.

Tiger Woods Made Me Look Like a Genius by Don Crosby.  Don Crosby was an early coach of Tiger Woods.  The topics in the book are generic and cover the main aspects of golfing.  I look at it periodically, but do not follow it extensively.

Recommended for BeginnersGolfing for Dummies by Gary McCord.  An excellent book for any beginner.  It covers all the basics and some intermediate skills.  It is highly recommended and is on most to 10 golf book lists.

The Best Golf Tips Ever by Nick Wright.  This is a great book.  I use it often to look up challenges encountered on the course.  I would recommend it for the intermediate golfer.

365 Golf Tips and Tricks from the Pros by Jay Morelli.  I am currently reading it.  It is a very good book on how to play some challenging and not so challenging shots.  I plan to use it this year, especially early in the season.

The More Series by Golf Magazine.  This three part DVD series is excellent.  I watch it a couple of times during the winter and just before I start playing.  It is a recommended golfing resource.

Secrets of the Short Game by Phil Mickelson.  It is by far my best resource.  I watch this DVD three or four times over the winter.  I also grab a club and try to copy what he is teaching….and no I do not chip balls in my basement…..or should I?

I read golf magazines all the time.  I do not have a specific preference.  I look at the cover and decide if the tips or articles are of interest.  I also keep my golf magazines and review them as specific topics arise.

The following are links I found and thought were worth sharing.  On a side note, most of the links above are to Chapters.ca.  This is a Canadian company; Amazon has all the same books.

Lastly, there are countless golf blogs that offer tips on the golf swing, fitness, mental preparation and course management.  If you are looking for something specific, the internet provides the answer.  You just have to sift through the white noise!

I enjoy talking, reading and especially playing golf.  The amount of information and data available could easily overwhelm even the most avid golfing enthusiasts.  Through the years, I have found that word of mouth recommendations have been the best!  So I ask this very important question:

Any Recommendations?