Working on Things
I’ve been taking some time the past couple of weeks to try to get in 100 practice balls each afternoon, as I’ve been experimenting with various tweaks to my swing and shotmaking. I’ve played a fade most of my life – inspired by Mr. Hogan probably – but have “perfected” that shot pattern to a point where I have severe difficulty moving the ball right to left when I want to. Because our golf course really favors a draw on a number of holes, my early New Year’s resolution is to tweak my swing a bit so that I can move the ball right to left more consistently when I call upon that shot.
So, I’m having to re-think a lot of the little pieces of my swing that make that fade so consistent, to see how to modify them to allow that draw to be worked back into my quiver of shots. Since I was a little kid, I was always taking things apart to see how they work. Of course, lots of those things didn’t always go back together as they were, and often I would have a few little pieces left over. Reminds me of the scene in the movie “Doc Hollywood”, when the shade tree mechanic hands Michael J. Fox’s character a box when he says he’s finished with his Porsche, and says “we always have some parts left over when we’re done”.
Anyway, that tinkerer’s mind is now dissecting my golf swing to focus on how it’s put together to produce a pretty reliable fade, and a straight ball as my norm. I’m having fun doing this just as I would when I take anything else apart. I’m setting the parts aside and “numbering” them, making notes of how they go back together. Yesterdays’ session produced a couple of “epiphanies” for me as I tackle this project, and I thought I would share those with you, in case any of you want to dissect your own swings this off season:
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