Monday, April 14, 2014

"Swing Your Swing"

First…Congratulations to Bubba Watson on winning his second Green Jacket at The Masters.

I saw a commercial recently that carried the voice of Mr. Arnold Palmer, “The King”. It was for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Mr. Palmer, said, “Swing Your Swing. Not someone else’s. Not the one you wish you had. No, swing your swing…..I did”. A black and white video clip of his swing from the 1960’s demonstrated that indeed his swing was his and his alone.

Bubba Watson
was definitely swinging his swing well before any commercial encouraged him to. His swing isn’t what any of us would call conventional, but this past weekend he proved that his swing works pretty well. He swung his swing just 280 times to repeat his 2012 triumph at The Masters with a winning score of eight-under-par.

Certainly every golfer has a unique swing. Coincidentally, every golfer has a unique way of approaching the game and the way their swing affects their score. Arnold Palmer, Bubba Watson and every professional golfer who ever gripped a club have spent years practicing, improving and tweaking their swing to get the best outcome to win tournaments and earn the most money possible.

Since you and I will probably never win a professional tournament, nor earn large sums of money playing golf, our dedication and commitment to practicing and repeating our swing has to come from wanting to play better and enjoying the game more. Maybe if you enjoy the game more, you will play better. It’s kind of a Chicken or the Egg theory.

By the way, Mr. Palmer said “Swing Your Swing” not “Hit That Ball”.

I found this amusing video with some helpful tips to practice no matter how you swing the club. The emphasis is on the Swing….Not on hitting the ball.  Do you hit the ball or swing the club?

I hope you enjoy it.

Ken Pierce
Creator & President, GolfGym LLC
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