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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bobby Jones on Enjoying the Game

A very short post today, but one that might help some of you who are thinking too much about your swing. It comes from the book Bobby Jones on Golf, from the end of an article called simply Golf as Recreation.
The best single piece of advice I could give any man starting out for a round of golf would be "take your time," not in studying the ground, and lining up the shot, but in swinging the club. Strive for smoothness, strive for rhythm; but unless you are something of an expert, save "monkeying" with your hip turn, your wrist action, and the like, until you can get on a practice tee where you can miss a shot without having to play the next one out of a bunker. [p181]
Jones isn't advising you to forget about fundamentals. Rather, he wants you to trust that you've learned them in practice and that they'll be there during the round. Practice on the range, play on the course.

Relax your hands and arms, relax your hips and legs. Forget about consciously trying to cock your wrists, or consciously turning your hips. If your shoulders don't turn as much as you think they should, that's okay -- turn as far as you feel comfortable, without forcing it. You'll probably be more stable over the ball that way as well, so you'll probably make better contact.

Look, at first you're going to think that the ball won't go anywhere. (In that case, move up one set of tees until you find out.) But you'll probably hit it straighter. And as you get more comfortable with your swing, you'll start to pick up some distance. And you'll score better. You can work on your swing at the range.

Not everyone can follow this advice. But when you're on the course, try to enjoy yourself and see what kind of score you post when you're just having fun. You might be surprised how much better you'll play.

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