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Geoff Ogilvy speaks candidly about golf struggles

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Here's the Golf Australia Piece

Anyway, over the last six months I have tried to get back to the way I did things earlier in my career, which hasn’t been easy. Practice is very addictive and I turned myself into a practiser more than a player. I could hit the 220-yard sign with my 5-iron six times in a row. But then I’d go out and miss the first green with my 5-iron. At some level, practising and playing are not really related.


Someone once told me that the difficulty of golf is that you are not trying to work out the game, you are trying to work out yourself. I forgot that. I was trying to work out golf. There’s nothing wrong with playing well and not doing it the way everyone else does it. The guys who made themselves the best in the world didn’t do it by copying someone else. They are the guys who are copied.

Got wind of it from Twitter - (AT)lawrencedonegan


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Good for him getting back in the winners circles. Hopefully he can play consistently good golf and play well at the PGA

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This resonates. Lately I've been playing "golf swing" and not "golf" when I'm out on the course.


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