Thanks for the post, I am one who welcomes controversy and alternative opinions. I was actually throw off a board a couple weeks ago for spouting my opinions about how corporate America has bullied the USGA and R and A and now makes the rules for the game regarding legal equipment. I am American and enjoy exercising my first Amendment rights regarding freedom of speech. I felt my arguments about the corporate take over of golf that has taken place were very legitimate, well articulated, and thought out. I also question why three of the worlds majors are on U.S. soil, and personally I view the Australian Open to be the 4rth major of the world.
If you look at the the list of champions through the 50’s – 80’s it certainly looks viable for such consideration, great tradition also.
The U.S. PGA Championship, being a major makes no sense to me.
My argument would be that The Open, The U.S. Open are viable,
the Australian Open, and since The Masters is regarded as such a hallowed venue, great tradition, and at one time, possibly greatest test of golf, makes sense, and I think most world tour players love the idea of playing in the Masters. I missed an invite by one shot in 1983 and still haunts me to this day!
Getting back to 905r, for most, golf is a mystery, and as TGM says,
“complexity is far more simple and workable than mystery”.
905r brings up a great point too…
The difference between playing and practicing…
I would agree that trying to think about swing moves while attempting to execute golf shots is at best, a questionable approach.
Personally, I am extremely disciplined in regard to practice, flight testing, and playing.
For me, all practice regarding swing adjustments, or changes is done using drills and exercises. Once I believe the body is doing what is should, I flight test.
Flight testing I line up ten balls and rapid fire them, therefore not allowing my computer any additional time to be jamming up the hard drive. If the balls are struck solidly, with favorable flight patterns, I will then proceed to playing.
Playing is anytime I am attempting to shape, customize or design a shot, whether this be on a range or on the course. Makes no difference.
Playing a shot requires that I assess the situation, I must artfully make a choice of what kind of shot I am going to hit, what club I am going to use, how I will shape the shot. Once these decisions are made, I must let my mind construct the motion that the body must make, I have to feel this in every cell of my body before I execute..
a quick little practice swing or two, and once I cull the feeling I waste no time and just do it…
Now are far a equipment, I use the gear that is appropriate for the golf course I will be playing. If I am playing an old style course that has 10 four pars, then I would like 3 of them to test my long irons, four of them for the mid irons, and 3 for the short irons. If the course is 6800 yards then persimmon will do fine. For me to go out with modern gear that I can bomb out there 300 plus, it does nothing for me. I mean can a player of my caliber really get off on shooting 65 on some classic old track? Does this mean I am now better than Ben Hogan was? I mean who am I kidding. Now if I go out and shoot a pair of 68’s on such a classic old track, with gear that the course was designed for, then believe me, I will feel much better about it.. and will certainly sleep good that night…
Also, I like the feel of persimmon, and blade irons just as a guitarist might like the feel of their favorite Les Paul or Martin. No difference.
I do realize that my intention to play is for much different reasons than most people. At this point I have no desire to compete against other people. I don’t have a burning desire to “beat you”. I love hitting shots in the wind, making great swings, hitting pro shots, and I don’t mind posting a fine score that I am content with when the cumulation of my efforts for the days round are tallied on the scorecard at the end of the round. I am never ashamed of my score if it is higher than I think it should be.. that is really quite a subjective view that I would be imposing on it. It is the experience that I crave, the beauty of fine tuning my craft and flowing my game across the lay of the land and the forces of nature. Regardless of what my opinions are about the USGA or how I believe the game has been sold out to profit in the mainstream, when I go out tomorrow afternoon in a stiff wind and play a course that was crafted over 100 years ago, all that goes away in blink.
Now, what was your question again?
Lag Pressure throwaway is the root of all golf’s evils