Re: Unsolicited Advice
Originally Posted by shermanM4A1
I've only once gotten swing advice on the course from a good golfer
. I commented out loud that I was hitting it poorly for some reason, and he observed that my tempo was off. Nothing mechanical, and really, he was right. I thought about my tempo for the next few swings... and started hitting better shots. I even made a birdie a few holes later, on a par-4, thinking only about tempo for all 3 shots.
(This doesn't count a playing lesson from my teacher, when we went to a course with the intent of on-course lessons... but it was things like club selection and course management we were discussing.)
On the other hand, I've gotten advice plenty of times from a bad golfer. For some reason, a bad player giving you tips seems to do the same thing as saying "hey, watch this, I saw Tiger hit this shot last Sunday!" before swinging: it produces bad shots. With the above exceptions, everyone who offers me playing advice on the course seems to end up with bad shots.
Man, the first time my friends and I were _ready_ to play and were going to play _nine whole holes of par-3 golf_, only 3 of us were going. We got paired up with a fourth. I still remember the guy and the day (early morning Easter Sunday 2006 - so we could get back to watch The Masters). I took a practice swing on the first "tee" (par-3 course where we hit off mats) and he started telling me what was wrong with my swing *and my equipment*. So my friends distracted him while I hit (the green! This is easy, I thought... oops). I repeated the favor for them. He hit fourth and topped it.
Last, but not least, touring professionals are prone to not being able to tell good advice from bad, just as you and I are. You periodically hear about someone really good who lets bad ideas creep into his head. How many people told Seve that he needed a perfect swing so he could finally win a U.S. Open? He listened to the many who told him to think about mechanics... and... artists aren't mechanics. Anyway, long story short, too late, don't worry about being able to distinguish good from bad. A certified teaching professional will rarely steer you wrong.
Oh, and look for the good threads on here - people talking about great scores and/or great shots. It's easy to worry about things if you read the threads on unsolicited advice or the thread on the hustler a few days ago.
But the fact of the matter is, for every incident where we're paired with a jerk, there's plenty of fantastic rounds where we enjoyed the air, the course, and the company. Statistically, you're going to be paired with good people.