The Lesson Tee: Timing is everything
Even after all these years, golf club design is still a bit goofy. New materials have improved. Graphite shafts and titanium club heads have made design features more futuristic looking, and more visually appealing to most golfers.
Improvements in perimeter weight distribution and balance have made golf clubs easier to control. Little adjustments here and there have helped the average golfer gain more distance and accuracy off the tee. However, producing a consistent golf swing is the challenge.
With all the technology and instruction available, the game of golf is still the most difficult sport to master. Even the best players on Earth can’t birdie every hole, on every course, on every day they tee it up. And if you think you are close to mastering this crazy game, just wait for tomorrow.
An old mentor of mine told me, “You have mastered the game of golf when you never have to putt.”
When a right-hand golfer hits a golf ball and it curves gently from right to left and just the correct distance, it is called a “draw.” When the ball curves way too far to the left, it is called a “nasty hook.” When your golf ball curves gently to the right, it is called a “fade.” When your golf ball curves way to the right, it is called a “slice.” When your golf ball takes off dead straight toward the green and ends up next to the hole, you may call that a “miracle.”
Someone once told me that golf is a series of blunders mixed in with an occasional miracle. Striking your golf ball in the center of your clubface or “sweet spot” produces no better feeling, no matter where the ball finally comes to rest.
To achieve that utopia of golf swing mechanics, rhythm, precision, and timing will put a smile on your face that you will never forget. It must be done at the right moment, on the right day, in the right circumstance, to produce the most satisfying outcome. Timing is everything.
Rod Sims is the PGA teaching professional at Mount Shasta Resort. He would love to hear from you. He can be reached at (209) 329-5634.