Modern day golf instruction is very prevalent these days. A lot of the pros have professional coaches (not withstanding those who have never had a lesson). This has not always been the case as many of the “greats” are self taught. I sometimes regret even giving my opinions as often I am rebuked, or chalked off as somebody who does not know what they are talking about because I choose not to ascribe to the methodology that is currently popular. I have seen a lot come and go. I have seen many so called “new approaches” are nothing more than what has been used in years past. I have seen the golf swing change a great deal over the years, but at the same time I have noticed a commonality among some of the greatest present day players using those techniques of the best players of the past. Maybe it’s because of my age and the fact that I have been around the game for a lot longer than some of the most successful swing guru’s of modern times. I am sure I have “forgotten” a great deal too.
When I first started playing some forty years ago, which is not really that long; everybody was using wooden drivers and fairway woods either persimmon or laminated oak. All the irons were blades. I used a lot of Macgregor Tourneys, Spauldings, Tommy Armour. We did not carry much more than a pitching wedge and sand wedge. No hybrids (or not that many) but plenty of rescue clubs, bafflers and the like.
I have never been a “good” golfer, but I did manage to score quite a bit lower than I do now. My scores have risen by anywhere from 12 to 15 strokes more per round. I also did not play golf continually, often times going for years without swinging a single club. Now I am getting back into the sport and I can see definite improvement from week to week even though I still do not get out more than once a week and sometimes only once a month. I have read, studied, and have definitely benefited from the lessons, tips, and observation of the players and instructors of today. That being said, I have the benefit of being able to sort of “pick and choose” the little tidbits that seem to work best for me, recalling things from the past that I “know” work and at the same time pick up something new or different from what I am used to that I can use to my advantage now. I am not too old to learn, and I relish critique and criticism. But one thing that I take exception to, is the attitude of some instructors being adamant that “Their way, is the only way” or the “ correct” way.
No, I am not “good” and never will be, but perhaps my observation of this great game over the years should be something not to be dismissed as an “Old man’s ramblings” and I still like to feel as if I am contributing something useful to the game. Let us see how you feel thirty or forty years from now. Of course I won’t be here then.
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