Ever since I started the blog category "In Your Own Words," more and more Surgites have shared their own success stories with me. I get a lot of joy from reading these messages and the whole idea is that something that worked for someone else could work for another.
Phil D. wrote in a long message that talked about his overall improvement with his driver. He made so many good points in his letter that I just had to let the Surge Nation read it. I'm also going to discuss what caused the disappearance of long irons and how it led to the emergence of hybrids. Many people may not know how it all got started.
I just want to thank you for your golf video lessons I received from you approximately 5 years ago (60 years old then). And, thank you just as much for the daily tips. The lessons and tips are wonderful, reviewed, and they have and still are putting renewed energy into my game.
I play left handed with an artificial left hip, and have some joint inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. That is okay. Now, I tee my ball up by kneeling on the ground and also carefully kneel on putting greens to fix divots and clean ball and align for putting. (Have a little ball suction cup on putter end to pick up ball from cup).
With proper alignment and staying out of the sacred burial ground, the ball stays for the most part in play. Cannot put as much heavy left on left leg as I used to when addressing ball, so now the most important thought I have on my golf swing is “shoulder to shoulder” and up the tree which gives me a balanced finish. It works so well with PPGS for me.
The clubs used are fitted, but one thing I have learned is, if on some days, I am cutting the ball into trouble with my driver, I will “choke” up on the club about one half inch, like a baseball player of old; choke up, meet the ball, get a base hit. It is amazing. The ball seems to go a little farther, and occasionally will draw. Another thing; because of the joint inflammation, I for the most part pull my club through on the golf swing now with forward arm, using the left arm only as guide for swing path. I know you do not teach this, it is just now more difficult to keep the club head square through impact with left hand/right hand equal pressure on grip.
I will never forget a golf lesson I had around 1990 from an elderly instructor. I told him I was not hitting my clubs far enough; that I wanted to get more distance from each club. He told me to get my 130 yard club out which was then an 8 iron and to hit the ball. The ball went about 130 yards. He then took my club, put a piece of athletic tape on the bottom of the club head, and with a magic marker wrote “P” on it for pitching wedge. He then said, “it does not matter what club you have in your hands as long it can send it the distance you are intending. If your 8 iron is your 130 yard club, use it for your 130 yard shot. Do not concern yourself with what clubs other people use.” A lesson in pride.
Our group of seniors play the senior tees. We enjoy each one another's company and the competition. We all walk 18 holes.
Club distances now are; driver-190 yards, 3 wood-180 yards, 2 hybrid-170 yards, 3 hybrid-160 yards, 4 hybrid-150 yards, 5 hybrid-140 yards,
6 iron through sand wedge 130 yards through chipping next to green. Score average is 88 on the 5 courses we play. I did shoot a 79 just 3 weeks ago. Hoorah!
What a wonderful game. It is a hold onto youth; a game that can be played with the optimism of a teenager; a journey of joy and humility with friends throughout each golf round no matter what age we are.
If you ever stop in Wichita, Kansas, hopefully I will have the opportunity to meet you.
What a fantastic outlook on the game of golf. Phil's letter really shows that golf truly is a game for all ages. It's a game that you can be competitive in your whole life. Thanks so much Phil. I'm sure many other Surgites will find that your story really hits home.
Keep it vertical!
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