First of all I apologise about not getting a blog to you last week, a very busy diary has caused me to miss a week. Depending on how things progress I might move the blog writing to once every two weeks, but I will let you know in due time. There has been lots happening in the last two weeks which should give me plenty to write about. I will try not to dwell on too many things as I am sure you have already heard about them.
The Olympics are well underway and I have been a bit critical of how the top golfers have treated them. So for me it was amazing to see Justin Rose’s celebration when he won the gold medal on Sunday, you can really tell he has embraced what the Olympics are all about. Over the 4 days of competition he was the most consistent golfer and was strong enough to hold off the challenge of Henrik Stenson…after the way Stenson played in The Open I really fancied his chances on the final day.
1: Organise the European Tour and PGA Tour a little better so that the top players who cited scheduling issues would be available to play.
2. Change of format – 95% of golf during the year is made up of Stoke play events so a change for The Olympics would be good. Match play after a round robin, modified stableford or a competition that joins men's and ladies golf?
3. Incentivise the top players – incorporate world ranking points to attract more players
I am a big fan of Furyk and I am sure that those who take lessons with me will know I reference him quite a bit. He is everything the amateur golfer should aspire to be as his swing is one of the most consistent on tour. I get a lot of people saying ‘my swing doesn't look good’ what do looks matter in the golf swing? To be a successful golfer you need to be consistent, but only where it matters….a couple of inches around the ball. The ball doesn't know where the club has been when you take the club back, it is only bothered about where it is when you make contact. I get too many people saying ‘I am really trying to improve my backswing and get the club on plane’ to me this is irrelevant as a perfect backswing does not mean a perfect shot…you should be concentrating on where the club is at impact!
Have a look at the two pictures to the right. The top one shows Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Shane Lowry at the top of their backswing when they were all in contention at The US Open. Each picture shows a very different position and ones that most of you will try NOT to get into…correct? The below picture shows them approaching impact and it is now clear to see how similar they look. I would like to bet that there is little difference between them at impact too! Again, this sends out the message that it doesn't matter what your backswing looks like or where the club is at the top of your backswing, it's where it is at impact that counts.
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