The Perfect Golf Swing: The Impossible Made Possible

Most golfers are searching for the perfect golf swing. It is one of those elusive goals that never seems to diminish over the many years of playing. Over the past 10 years or so, many top level golfers have turned to the systematic approach to improving their swing. The reliance on numbers and statistics (on and off the course) drives many of the minor changes in a professional golfers swing. I do not see this changing anytime soon, but unfortunately the systematic approach may not be as beneficial to amateurs who have other stressors in their lives that prevents them from dedicating the time and money to finding their perfect golf swing. Continue reading

Comparing the Old with the New

Today, an article from The Unpolished Putter caught my attention.  It originally started on the subject of the top 16 golfers in the world and who could win a match play competition between them.  I will let you to read the article called Ben Hogan – An Insight Into A Legend for the results.  But this well written article sparked an idea in my mind about the comparison of the old with the new golfers.

When comparing old to new golfers it is important to keep in mind that it cannot be a straight comparison.  There are so many variables that it is almost impossible to derive a conclusive answer.  Here are some of the aspects that need to be taken in to account when trying to determine the greatest golfer of all time:

Clubs – the technology today is far better than 50 years ago.  Although Andrew Rice suggests that the actual club makes very little difference when the “sweet spot” is hit, the “sweet spot” is considerably larger now and thus clubs are more forgiving.

Ball – The golf ball  has changed significantly over the years.  Knetgolf.com provides the history of the golf ball and its composition is outline.  Technology in this area has out distance all other areas of golf.  The golf ball has been the single greatest advantage to the modern-day golfer.

Career Longevity – How successful was the player’s career?  How long did they play?  More importantly, what was his winning percentage?  This area can be a little tricky.  Today’s upward and mobile society allows players to compete in golf tournaments all over the world.  Players can move across the country in less than a day.  This is a huge advantage over golfers even 50 years ago.  Of course players must still win, but they also have more opportunities to be successful.

Image from:  http://www.linkslifegolf.com/These are three areas that make the comparison between old and new golfers.  Regardless, players like Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Sir Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods are all great golfers within their own right.  Is it really possible to compare them?

On a final note, most amateurs are not really influenced by these great golfers.  They are influenced by the person who introduces them to the game, a friend, local pro, or some person they randomly meet on the course.  For me it was my Dad, he introduced me to this great game, taught me etiquette  and showed me a few tricks!  Maybe these are people are the greatest players of all time, but never won a Major!

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

Entering the 21st Century!

Today is a new day for those of us who have decided to enter the 21st Century.  I create a Facebook page called The Grateful Golfer.  I realize it is not a big deal for most, but I had a Facebook account, once, for about week.  Okay, stop laughing; I never thought it was important, but I think I will give it a try.

Interesting thing about this particular step….it relates to keeping up with technology.  I was reading an article Why the R&A and USGA Need a Major Reform after the Long Putter Ban by Troy Vayanos at Talking Golf Online about technology.  His point about whether to embrace technology or to limit its advancements for the love of the game makes me ponder its merits.  Ultimately, technology can even the playing field for amateurs and that may not be a bad thing.

Entering the 21st Century and embracing technology; I am still waiting for the snow to melt so I can go practice….too bad technology could not do something about that!  I am a grateful golfer – see you on the links!