Who Do You Play Golf For?

Who do you play for on the golf course?  Or let me put it another way –
When you’re on the golf course, are you ever worried what other people
are thinking about your golf swing or your game?
Is it more important for you to look like you know what you’re doing in
front of other golfers, rather than staying focused on your game and
scoring well!
Maybe you are not sure what I mean or are in self-denial – so let’s go
to an example. Tell me if you’ve ever been in this situation –
You’re paired up with one other golfer and through the first 9-holes
you’re playing better than normal. The other golfer that you’re playing
with is not playing as well as you. He/she is doing a lot of “Fiddling” with
their swing on every shot and saying things like – “If I could just swing
the club more to the inside, I’ll be able to hit the golf ball so much better”
and “You have to excuse me, but I’m not playing as well as I usually do.
In fact, this might be the worst I’ve ever hit the golf ball” or “I’m not
really concerned with what my score is today, I’m working on something
 in my swing.”
So after 9 holes, you’ve scored your best score or close to your best score
(pick a number based on your level of golf and use a score you want to
break for 9-holes 49, 44, 39 or 35). The 800 Pound Gorilla you’re playing
with is somewhere else in the stratosphere considering the 8-mulligans
he/she’s taken and of course I don’t think that his/her ball has ever hit
the bottom of the hole.
You stop in the clubhouse between nines to use the restroom and to allow
the 800 Pound Gorilla to get a hot dog and Diet Coke. As you’re walking out
of the restroom, you pass the Gorilla putting some relish on their hot dog
as they call you over – “You know Biff, you have a pretty good swing, but,
you know if you could just take your club back a little flatter on the way
back, you’d hit the ball so much better.”
So you kind of blow them off by saying –
“Ok, thanks, I’ll try that.” But, they won’t let it go. So on the way back out
to your golf bag, you get the whole 800 Pound Gorilla Digest synopsis on
why the club must swing flatter on the way back “… because if it doesn’t,
then you can’t bring the club back down on the inside swing path and you’ll
be way off plane. So if you can get your arms dropping more down on the
inside, you’ll be able to swing the club on the proper swing path through
the golf ball from the inside to the outside.”
And then as you get to the 10th tee, you have about 3-minutes to kill as
the group in front of you is still in the fairway waiting on the group in front
of them. So the Gorilla looks at you and says – “here, get your Driver and
come here – I want to show you what I mean. Set-up. Set-up like you’re
going to hit a Drive. Great, now you could probably get a better spine angle,
but let’s talk about your swing path first, though your grip does look a
little weak.” And then the Gorilla proceeds to grab a hold of your club and
put you into all these contorted positions as he/she regurgitates everything
that’s wrong with your golf swing.
And you shoot 60 on the back nine holes (which is probably what the 800 Pound
Gorilla shot – yet they told you that they scored a 41) as you lose a dozen golf
balls and have to listen to the Gorilla’s commentary not just on everyone of
their shots, but also yours.
So why’d you allow the 800 Pound Gorilla to help you go from so good to so bad?
I believe it’s that we all want to look good in front of others on the golf course. We all
want to do things the correct way and don’t want to look like we’re doing things
weird or wrong.
So all hail the players whose swings are all wrong according to the 800 Pound
Gorilla philosophy of – “I’d rather swing correctly than score my best”.
Let’s salute these poor souls that do it wrong:
Annika Sorenstam for taking her eye off the ball as she over rotates into impact
Jack Nicklaus and his pathetic flying right elbow
Jim Furyk and that backswing – oh, that crazy backswing – “that swing can’t hold-up
for long, he’s going to have to eventually change that”
Lee Trevino for aiming so far left with his feet that you wonder what golf course
he’s playing
Tiger Woods for straightening his left leg through impact – “Hey, wait a
minute Scott – that’s what a lot of Golf Pro’s are teaching now.” Yeah, but
how many times did these same Pro’s tell other Golfers to never straighten
their left leg – before they heard Tiger was doing this?
And if you went to the golf course and used the claw grip for putting before
Chris DiMarco made $10 million doing it – what would other 800 Pound
Gorillas have said to you and how long would you have used it even if it
did help you to make more putts?
All those players have their own plan and nobody, nobody can change it!
And unfortunately for the following golfers someone changed their plan –
because if you have a chance to ask Curtis Strange – What happened to your
game after you won consecutive US Opens or Sandy Lyle – What happened
to your game after you won the British Open, TPC and the Masters or Hal
Sutton – what happened to your game after you won the Players Championship,
 TPC and Memorial in the mid-80’s and was called “The Next Nicklaus” and why
it took 12-years before you won again – And if you get to ask Ian Baker Finch
what happened after you won the British Open and then just totally lost your
game – and if you get to ask ……..
They’d all say – “The 800 Pound Gorilla got me! They told me that if I could
just change (feel in the blank) in my swing that I’d swing more correctly.”
You want to be a player? Then beware of the 800 Pound Gorillas – they’re out
there lurking – looking for weak minded golfers that they can convert to
their “Evil Gorilla Ways”.
The Player’s motto – Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil!
Why Speak No Evil? Because as it can so eloquently be put-
800 Pound Gorillas gloat when they play well and mope when they
play bad. Players just play!
The Gorilla is more worried about what others think of their golf swing
The player is too focused on their plan to really care what others think
Be a Player this year and join the other smart Golf Improvement Members!
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