Drop the “spin” addiction & drop strokes.
I get it. I get it. I understand that golfers want to copy their professional heros. It makes it fun to be able to play the same course and use the same equipment as the best golfers in the world and create a fantasy in our mind about a connection we make there. You know, if Tiger Woods plays a certain kind of golf ball, then it only makes sense that I should play that brand or type of ball right? If the pros hit low pitch shots that spin and check right at the flag, then that’s what you should do right? WRONG.
You don’t play the same game as Tiger or VJ or Ernie. You don’t hit 300 yard drives, you don’t need to hit 200-yard 5 irons to protected flags that need backspin to get the ball to stop, and you don’t need to know how to “work” the ball right and left. YOU need to hit the ball straight and keep it in play!
One of the greatest short game players and teachers of our day, Stan Utley, teaches us to forget about shots that rely on backspin to stop next to the hole. In his book, he says that even HE doesn’t have the hand speed that those pros have to do that.
Using balls and trying to make shots that spin more make you slice or hook more. That increases your odds for more shots missing the fairway and green and lost balls.
I got down to a 5 handicap playing those “rock” balls and I totally credit them for my getting there. Remember, our game is not to try to score more birdies, it’s to avoid balloon scores.
Lose the “I’m cool” factor about making the ball dance on the greens…it’s not about emulating your favorite pro, it’s about YOU SCORING LOWER! Use your common sense in deciding what to copy from pros.
I want you to go out to the course on a non-competitive round with the idea that you are going to roll everything up to the pin on purpose. You are going to bump and run as much as possible just to see what happens. Leave the lob wedge in the bag unless you absolutely have to fly over some hazard and have no room to run.
I’ll be you will be pleasantly surprised about your scores and add a new dimension to your game that you didn’t know you had. I would love to hear your comments below.