You know, ‘that guy’ that tries to teach his family how to play golf, and gives advice to everyone else on the range about their golf swings?
Or, maybe you know that guy and when you see him coming you either head to the other side of the range, or duck in the restroom to avoid him. Yes, we all know that guy, and quite frankly, he’s doing a lot more harm than good.
First, he tried to give swing instruction to his wife. Of course, he gave her a heavy, steel-shafted 5-iiron and wedge, and a 10 degree driver “just to see how she would like it.” Unfortunately, with his mandates of “keep your head down, your left arm straight, flex your knees, keep your weight on the balls of your feet, turn back low and slow, make a big shoulder turn, swing easy, and above all else, keep your eye on the ball,” he’s doing more harm than good. And, oh yeah, “To make the ball go up you have to hit down on it. But not with a driver because with a driver you hit up on it. Now, relax and don’t think about it.”
It’s funny how you never see his wife on the range after those 2 disastrous attempts… So, don’t be that guy. Leave the instruction to the golf professionals!
But, if you do want your wife and kids to play, maybe it’s time to give you some Beginner Guidelines or Rules for Beginners to observe:
- GET THE HANDS AS CLOSE TOGETHER ON THE GRIP AS POSSIBLE
- START WITH A 15 OR 16 DEGREE DRIVER ON A HIGH TEE
- NEXT TRY A 9-WOOD ON A LOW TEE
- USE 2 BALL POSITIOS
- WORK ON RHYTHM ONLY
- Beginners like to split their hands on the grip. For right-handers, just get the left thumb to slide into the “lifeline” of the right palm, and right thumb into left lifeline for lefties. Don’t go into Vardon or Interlocking – it’s their first time!
And, just put their feet together with the ball off the middle of the feet, and then move the rear foot away from the target. That’s it! None of this “ball off your left instep” business. Do this and the ball will be in the right place.
- High lofted drivers are the easiest clubs to hit ever! Don’t ever give them a club they can’t hit even on their best day in the future. Put their feet together, and and if they can’t hit a 15 or 16 degree driver, well, unfortunately, maybe this is not the game for them.
- Next, try a 9-wood on a low tee. Notice we’re not starting with a wedge, and we’re not trying to hit down on the ball? Hey, guy, it’s best if you don’t involve the ground first thing. If ever…
- Use 2 ball positions. Use the same one as above with the driver and 9-wood, and put it in the center with a 7-iron and wedge. And, use a low tee. Now, if you get this far, maybe you can move the 7-iron ½ way forward between the wedge and driver. And quit telling them to hit down on the ball.
- Work on rhythm only. You’re only allowed to tell them one thing about the golf swing, and that is rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. Got that?
Ok – here’s how to talk to them about rhythm. Make them count out loud, slowly, the words “One … Two … Three …” to the top of their backswing. Then, there is a musical 1/8th note rest between “Three” and “… Four …”, because the body and club change directions. Now, if they can’t say the word “… Four …” out loud at impact, they are swinging too hard and fast. Come to think about it, that’s good advice for you too.
And, then there’s “… FIVE … SIX …”
And, that’s it. That’s all you get to do. Now leave them alone, whether they can hit it or not. At this point you need a teaching professional to take over.
Oh – one last thing… All that extra instruction you’re giving to everybody else… stop it! You are not insured for injuries caused by others following your advice, and you are not insured for the repetitious injuries you are causing to those you are “helping”. Besides, chances are you are running counter to what the teaching professional – who is getting PAID to help – is doing.
So, stop already with the head down, left arm straight, eye on the ball jazz. We don’t teach that anymore. And we haven’t since the 70’s when it didn’t work then.
Quit being “THAT GUY”!