Progress Update – July 30, 2011

Ah, yes, I’m on the shelf again. Things have gotten quiet around here lately because I haven’t been doing much of anything. When I arrived in Texas, I took upon the monumental task of rebuilding my swing with the help of a local pro. Things were slowly, but steadily turning around. I was spending a lot of time at the driving range. Probably too much, really, as I’ve hardly even set foot on a course this year (I started the process of moving here at the tail end of winter in New Jersey). Around five weeks ago, I tweaked something in my hand or wrist at the gym during a workout. Whatever I did, I wasn’t even aware of it at the time. It started to ache ever so slightly after I was finished and on my way home. It hurts kind of at the back of my hand where my thumb starts to meet up with my wrist. I’m sort of a “play through the pain” guy, so naturally, I found that I could still

Win a Copy of Golf List Mania!

Contest

Note: the contest has ended and a winner was chosen via drawing. You may have recently read my review of Golf List Mania! and I’m happy to say that the publisher has provided a copy for me to give away to a reader. If you were thinking of picking up a copy, then enter the contest and you might win one! Obviously, I can’t give away a copy of a book of golf lists without having you do a list of your own, so here’s how it will work: write a comment giving me a list of five things you love about golf. It doesn’t have to be a top-five, though it certainly can be. It can be people, places, courses, shots you’ve seen, tournaments you’ve attended or played in, anything at all that you love about the game. I’ll give it a couple of weeks to get some good lists going. Then, I’ll choose my top-three favorites. From those, I will randomly draw the winner. Feel free to be as creative as you like

Book Review: Golf List Mania!

Golf List Mania!

Golf List Mania! by Leonard Shapiro and Ed Sherman is exactly what it sounds like: a huge pile of golf-related lists. Who doesn’t love a good list on the topic of golf? I’ve done a number of them myself over the years. They’re fun to do, they’re a good way to dig into any facet of the game and its history, and they’re a great way to spark debate. Who are the top five players of all time? What are the ten best tournaments ever? Name the five greatest shots you’ve ever hit. Name the five best shots you’ve ever seen. The list (of lists) is virtually infinite. Shapiro and Sherman did some serious brain-storming to come up with most of the 100-plus lists included in the book. It’s filled with some creative, well-researched lists that are fun to read and thought-provoking. But they did one better. They also included lists by notable figures such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jiyai Shin, Ian Baker-Finch, Ron Sirak, Dave Kindred, Jim Nantz, Peter Kessler, and a number

Training Aid Review: T2Hole Golf Improvement System

T2Hole Golf Improvement System

The T2Hole Golf Improvement System, endorsed by well-known golf teacher Denis Pugh, is exactly what it sounds like. Its purpose is to be a versatile training aid that can be used to improve every facet of your game. It is a highly configurable solution to address many faults in your golf game and to help you groove proper technique through helpful drills. In the Box When the T2Hole arrives, you are provided with the system itself, a quick-start and set-up guide, some stickers used to customized the T2Hole (should you prefer), a carrying bag, and a DVD featuring set-up instructions as well as drills and information from Denis Pugh showing many ways to use the system to help your game. The Basics The T2Hole system is pretty easy to set up. It breaks down into four major parts: bars to use for alignment and stance adjustment, and two bristle swing-arms used for swing feedback (and for other nifty drills). Here are a couple of photos showing the T2Hole system in its basic configuration: As you

Lesson Notes

Since I arrived in Texas, I found a local golf pro that I’ve been working with fairly regularly. I’ve been getting lessons nearly weekly since early May. I’ve been making some fairly significant swing changes and have been working extremely hard on that. I’ve seen momentary flashes of where I’m going and I like it, but it’s a lot to digest and a lot to change so it’s slow going. Because of that, I started taking notes at the conclusion of each lesson so that I can help myself to remember what we talked about and to review before each range session so that I have an idea of what I want to work on. I thought it might be useful if I shared my lesson notes with you, both so you can see what I’m working on, but also because you might find that taking notes after your own lessons has benefit as time goes on. A few times now, I’ve reviewed my notes and have realized I actually forgot key pieces of teaching.