The New Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf (P2)
What You Can Do
Yes, you can play better golf. Anyone can, once he gives himself a chance by learning what to do and how to do it. You who score over 100 can break 100. The 90 player can get into the 80’s. The high 80’s can drop to the low 80’s. And the low-80 man can break the barrier into the 70’s.
And don’t tell us this is a gross exaggeration, already disproved by the frustrated millions who play this most fascinating of games. We assure you it is not an exaggeration. It has not been disproved. It is true.
We are not saying that all you have to do is read this book and go out the next afternoon and knock ten strokes off your score. What we are saying is that anybody who diligently applies himself to the principles laid down here, can cut a startling number of shots from his game.
The diligent application will involve several things. It will mean changing your mental attitude, for one. It will mean changing your swing. It will mean the determination to practice. And it will mean the time to play golf from two to as much as four times a week.
This price is not exorbitant. Sweat will be demanded, yes; but blood and tears are not involved. If you are willing to pay the price you can improve your game remarkably. You can play winning golf in your own handicap circle, and we don’t care whether that circle is now around 82 or 112. You can drop to a faster circle. Depending on your present altitude, you can cut from five to fifteen strokes from your score.
You may have wondered, in a moment of idle reflection about this game, why more people don’t play better golf than they do. It should be a simple game. You are hitting a ball that doesn’t move. You are swinging clubs that have been designed with a great deal of care, involving time, money, and engineering skill. No one does anything to hinder you, either, or even to distract you.
One reason most of our scores stay high is our mental approach to the game. We are beaten before we start. The game has defeated the player for so many generations that the player now has an inferiority complex that would defy the combined skills of Freud, Jung, and Adler. To the man who habitually goes around in 93, the thought of breaking into the 70’s is the height of absurdity.
A complete reorientation is necessary. This has been accomplished in other sports, particularly in track and field. The four-minute mile, the seven-foot high jump, the sixty-foot shot-put are only three examples. It would take a superman, the track experts said, to run a mile in under four minutes. But once Dr. Roger Bannister did it a new plateau was established, onto which many other milers soon proceeded to climb. Back in 1920 Dick Landon won the Olympic high jump with 6 feet 4 inches. At Rome in 1960 a leap of 7 feet 14 inches was good for only third place.
The point here is that mental barriers were broken, as well as those of time and altitude. The 96 golfer has a similar mental barrier, and it, too, must be shattered.
Naturally, Dr. Bannister and the other pioneers in the track and field record-breaking did not set their marks merely by thinking they could. The new marks stemmed from improved training methods and, especially in the field events, from vastly better techniques.
Here we come very close to golf. Golf is a game of techniques. Training, in the sense of physical conditioning, is relatively not of great importance, unless we are engaged in tournament play. The average man, once he gets out on the course a few times in the spring, finds no physical difficulty in playing an eighteen hole round. Often he is fresh enough to play eighteen more holes, or nine, anyway.
But technique is something vastly different. A siege of training that would bring a man to peak physical condition probably would not knock one stroke off his score for eighteen holes. But a 50 per cent improvement in his technique of hitting the ball – his swing – could drop his score from the 90’s into the 70’s.
That technique is what we are looking for so desperately. Why don’t we have it?