posted on Aug, 12 2007 @ 10:49 PM
Great thread! I wish I would have seen it sooner. Congratulations Grady on taking up a wonderful game.
At 46, I've been playing for 36 years. I have played to handicaps as low as two iwhile in my 20's and as of two years ago played to a six. I had
the advantage of professional training in my teens as my high school golf coach is a PGA professional well known in Wisconsin for teaching children.
He has coached many players that were quite successful competitively and I was fortunate to learn from him. My ten year old daughter has taken
lessons from him.
Grady, your approach to the game as a middle age beginner could not have been undertaken in a more intelligent manner. Your choice of equipment is
fine. Taking lessons to learn the fundamentals of the grip and setting up to the golf ball will give you a base that most people you will see on the
golf course do not have. Not only will this make you fundamentally sound, but it will reduce wear and tear on your body, because a sound golf swing
will be a smooth and natural motion.
The videos you purchased are good, and Leadbetter is considered a short game guru. Keep in my mind that a video cannot see you swing and offer
I applaud your idea of being a range warrior for a while before hitting the golf course. When you do begin to play, don't forget the importance of
practice. Try to allow some time to hit a few balls before you play, and most importantly hit some putts, chips, and pitches. Eventually you will
want to score well, and a few shots saved each round in the short game quickly will lower your scores.
As for swinging easy, I'm not a great believer in that, as power is a huge part of the game. If you develop a sound swing, hitting the ball hard
should not be as much of an issue as it is for those with bad swing habits. I do understand you mentioned arthritis, so don't over do it.
Someone mentioned it earlier, I believe, but when standing on the tee, plan how you want to play the hole in front of you. Much like billiards,
setting one's self up for the next shot leads to success.
I have a number of golf partners that took the game up later in life. None of them even came close to approaching the game as you have.
I suspect you will be a fairly competent player in short order.
I have played just twice in the last year and a half, and have been musky fishing instead. I lost my ability to hit the ball a long way, and was
becoming very frustrated playing with younger men at the club where I was a member that can hit a 3 wood thirty yards farther than I can hit a driver.
I also lost my ability to effectively read greens as my vision has gotten worse as I age.
Reading about your journey into the world of golf makes me want to get back on the course. Good luck.