Finally, At Last, It’s About Time
My book, Golf for Beginners, is available. Yea!!!!
It’s been a long time coming but it was a pleasure for me to get this book into print—finally. I have a few copies I keep with me in the truck and the book is available on Amazon. Click Here. or go to Amazon books and type in Barney Beard and order it from them.
The book is titled Golf for Beginners but it deals with the basic fundamentals of a consistent golf swing. I like my quote at the beginning of the book.
“If you put the hay down where the calves can get it, the cows can get it, too.”
Here’s one of the chapters from my book. It’s titled That Strange Game.
One day a very nice lady took exception to my instruction. She stopped the lesson. She leaned back, put her hands on her hips and gave me a sour look.
She said, “I don’t get it. Learning to hit a golf ball is like backing a trailer. Everything in golf is the opposite of what you think it should be.”
She wasn’t angry. She was expressing the confusion she was feeling. I was trying to teach her to swing down at the golf ball in order to make it fly. She wanted to swing up at the golf ball—which would make it roll along the ground.
We went on to have a good lesson, but I’ll never forget her dramatic way of communicating her frustration.
Striking a golf ball is like backing a trailer while looking in your rear view mirror. Everything is backwards about golf, isn’t it? This is important information to keep in mind as you learn to hit a golf ball and send it where you want it to go.
- If you want the ball to go up—you hit down on it.
- If you try to swing up at a golf ball it will laugh at you and roll along the ground.
- If you want it to go to the right—you line up to the left.
- If you want it to go to the left—you line up to the right.
- If you swing with all your might—the ball won’t go very far.
- If you swing with effortless ease the ball goes great distances.
- If you tense your muscles and try to hit it straight the ball goes into someone’s yard.
- If you use a relaxed swing as if you didn’t care, the ball goes straight.
- The harder you try, the worse your score.
I remember one golf match when I was on the Lafayette High School golf team last century. That sounds like a very long time ago, doesn’t it? Well, I remember this day clearly.
From the first hole I played poorly. I was terrible. We played match play and after about six or seven holes I was well behind my opponent. I think I lost every hole. I was spraying the ball all over the golf course. When I swung at my golf ball it felt like I was hitting a brick with a broken two-by-four.
Well, like only a petulant teenage boy can do, I decided the match was out of reach and I had no chance of winning. I decided I would no longer attempt to play well. I was disgusted. When it was my turn to play I walked up to the ball and swung without thinking. I didn’t care where the ball went. I gave up.
Well, lo and behold, as soon as I relaxed and decided I didn’t care where the ball went, I began hitting the ball much better and even won a few holes. I was still a day late and a dollar short. I lost the match but I learned a good lesson that day—a lesson I have remembered all my life. I learned what the old golf pro had been telling my dad and me from day one.
Unwanted muscular tension is the number one enemy of the golf swing.
The harder you try, the behinder you get.
Remember, everything in golf is backwards. If you try too hard, you’ll only get worse. Relax.
Remember as you learn to play this funny ole game—this is a GAME. You’re supposed to relax and have fun. Instead of trying too hard, remember that petulant high school boy and don’t be like him. Outsmart that ole golf ball and have fun.
Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,
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