A few days ago I read the book “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf”. Like the moron I am I chose to completely abandon my swing and try to precisely learn this new swing down to every detail. I changed my grip, adjusted my left foot to be pointed out 22 degrees, focused on my backswing plane, rotating my back so it’s facing the target, starting the downswing by rotating my hips, starting my new downswing plane, and finishing with my left wrist facing the target. I cannot stress enough how unbelievably bad the results were.
The first thing I noticed was how different my distance was. My irons from 7 – 4 all went 200 yards, I literally don’t even understand how that is possible. My rescue club (former favorite club) also went 200 yards. Not only was my distance bizarre but my shots were drastically hooking and slicing basically at will. I had one hook so bad that I honestly believe if I was standing on the peak of a mountain and I hit that same shot, it would have done legitimate circles around me. The guy hitting balls next to me literally stopped what he was doing and asked me, “How the hell did you do that?”. I was hitting boomerangs.
It is insane how uncomfortable I currently am holding a golf club, it might as well be a child. When I grab a club out of my bag, I feel the same as if a random lady at the grocery store walked up to me and threw her infant at me and ran away. I feel concerned, somewhat scared and am totally out of my element. I feel like a monkey trying to work an iPhone, like he kinda gets it, but he knows he shouldn’t be holding that phone.
I might have to change the entire goal of this website. I am so glad I didn’t sign up for the Memorial Tournament at my club.