True Stories of A Super High Handicap Golfer Part 3
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Craigslist up to this point was my friend. As I learned about this game I also learned about equipment. The difference lie makes...the length of a club...face angle...open closed. However clubs are only as good as the person swinging them. More importantly it is better to get clubs that you CAN swing.
My first lesson...(sort of)
So I decided it was time to go with a store bought set of irons. It was end of season and the discounts were huge. I was finally hitting irons well enough but I was still getting mishits and not a lot of distance (the distance issue was probably the 1970-80's model lofts or so I thought). I ran up to the PGA Tour Super Store and asked to try out the Wilson Di11's...regular flex and Game Improvement...a must for me...and cheap. I had never hit in one of their bays so a nice gentleman set me up and pulled the demo's out. I did of course let him know I wasn't very good...and to stand back a bit just in case. I started hitting the 7 iron and it felt extremely clunky...but it was going fairly straight and I was getting my normal distance of 130-140 max...with run out. We tried a few more clubs in the set. I was doing the same as with just about every set I had used up to this point be they blades or cavity backs...just more accuracy and that key word...forgiveness. Hmmmmm....
"What is wrong with your feet?", he asked.
My feet? Nothing wrong with my feet?
Every since I was a child I could rotate my lower leg more than 90 degrees outward below the knee...while my knee stayed completely still. If you want to try...stand up and put your heels together with your toes pointing straight out to the sides so you make a line with the your toes 180 degrees apart (hard to stand like this). Now do a knee bend but keep your knees together. Can't do it? Knees want to follow your feet? I can...all the way to the ground. Great party trick and makes people want to vomit. However with my feet parallel my knees tilt in. Makes you run funny too.
"Well you need to do something about that...", he said with a smirk on his face.
I stared down at my feet glumly.
"Point your left foot towards the target. See how that works", he said.
I pointed my left foot out...took a swing...whoa...wait...whut?
YOU SIR ARE A MAGICIAN!
I felt as if I had come out of a tiny box. I felt like I was...in a word...released (key word!). A simple adjustment...looks weird...works!
After some more swings I bought the Di11's and left looking like I had just won two tickets to Augusta. Fast approaching was the charity tournament so it was time to work on my swing with my "magic legs" (my name is Forrest...Forrest Gump). Out to TG I went to fling some balls. Up and until this time I was hitting a 7 iron the same distance as a well seasoned 13 year old. With just a little foot turn I was getting an extra 10-15...carry...I was now an older teenager. Wow! Not only that but I was hitting the other irons where you would think they should go... (in reality I could barely hit anything 6 and longer almost the same distance as my 7 iron...so this was awesome). Finally I was getting some where.
After many swings with irons I happened to notice my trusty slice-o-matic TM 320Ti staring at me.
"Hit me", it whispered.
Nope...hitting the Adams 3W I picked up with a burger and fries. SWING! SLICE! Bah! Back in the bag...
The voice was louder, "Hit ME!".
"Shut up driver", I stated aloud. "Going to hit hybrid."
Pulled out the Adams 2H. Swing it like an iron...works Ok. Not that far but at least it is somewhat straight and it doesn't like to kill worms.
"HIT ME YOU PANSY!", screamed the 320Ti.
"Fine!", I muttered.
I yank the big stick out of the bag. Trundle over and shove a ball on the tee. Grip, stance, deep breath, turn foot towards target..........SWING! I watch the ball heading down the range...like an arrow from GoT it flies right into the....
LEFT SIDE OF THE WHITE TARGET! STRAIGHT...LONGER THAN EVER...NO SLICE!
MY GOD...IT'S FULL OF STARS!
Stay tuned for next week's episode when our hero actually writes down his score.
Learning tip: Weird swing? Accurate and long? Just do it!
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