Happy Birthday to arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus. The golf world owes so much to this man, and we here in Emporia are no different. Some of my favorite take aways from Mr. Nicklaus:

His focus. Any time you see a video of Jack you could see in his eyes just how much the game and winning meant to him.

His memory. Jack never missed a putt when it counted, just ask him. We could all learn from the mentality that he created where he wasn’t going to allow his negative memories to be recalled during important times. Remember the good, forget the bad.

His putter. The ’86 Masters putt is amazing, but just youtube some of his other putts. Simply mesmerizing.

His love. His love of golf, his love of his family, his love of winning, his love of his competitors.

The list could go on and on, but this is a short blog post, so we will just end with enjoy your 80’s Jack!!

Welcome to 2020!! Hopefully you had a great golf year last year, but let’s face it, we all want to get better. If your 2020 resolution includes lowering your scores, then I want to try and help a little. This is not a sexy way to change your swing, but a reality of how getting better at golf can be as simple as thinking about it.

We all want that swing advice that will change our world, but the reality is that doesn’t exist. Here is maybe the most obvious, yet misunderstood, statement in golf:

Making changes in your golf swing is HARD!!

Sure you know that. We all know that. And yet we keep thinking we are going to make those changes. Here is the thing about making swing changes… you have to put in time, A LOT of time. Swing changes don’t mean that you forget what you were doing before, which means you are trying to create new movements. In order for your body/muscles to make those new movements you have to rehearse the heck out of them.

So, if it is that hard, what should I do? Well first off stick to reading this blog. I will regularly post here some helpful advice. The first being this… swing slow! You have to feel your movements in order to change or ingrain anything. Make super slow swings, and see your positions. You can’t fix something if you don’t know where your issue lies, and swinging slowly will help you see what that is. And when I say slow, I mean really slow (about 5-10% of your normal swing speed).

That is just a start, just like January 1 is just a start. Make the journey fun, and expect and accept those bad days/holes/shots.

We will be back soon #outsouth                                                     

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