Worst Golfer in Town Breaks 80
I love golf.
I love everything about the game. I’ve been actively playing for over 25 years, even though it has been painful. I’m one of those guys who hits one good shot in a round and that’s all I need to bring me back next week to try again. I’m a big guy, 6’8” and 250 pounds. When guys meet me for the first time, they often say, “I’ll bet you can hit the ball a mile.” They are wrong. Being so big, and an old football player, there has always been something in the back of my brain that said, “If you hit that little ball really hard, it will go a long way”. I was wrong.
A few months ago I saw, on a PGA tip page, something called a “Whippy Club”. I wondered, “What is that?” When I searched, I found: http://www.tempomaster.com. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of money, taking lessons and trying every gadget and instruction that caught my attention. Nothing seemed to really work. But when I saw Dr. Melvin’s Whippy Club videos, something told me that this guy was real. So I spent another $100. I watched Dr. Melvin’s videos, and I followed his instructions. Sure, people at the driving range gave me strange looks as I lined up tees and hit balls again and again not very far with a strange looking club. But I’ve been looking goofy at the driving range for many years.
I worked at the drills. I didn’t give up. Then one day, doing Dr. Melvin’s “Right Hand Release” drill, the balls started flying longer and straighter. I realized after all these years that instead of powering my swing with my hands, but using shoulder turn and weight transfer along with an emphasis on the left arm, I could really hit the ball.
Last weekend, at the age of 64, I played with my 16 year old son, who plays on a high school varsity golf team. He’s pretty good, hitting his drives around 300 yards. For the first time since my son was eleven, I won. On a par 71 public course in Tulsa, he shot an 80 and I shot a 79. We played our balls down. We gave no gimmies or Mulligans. Having only broken 90 about 5 times in 25 years, I broke 80, and I can do it again. My wife told me about a conversation she had with my son the other day. He said, “I don’t understand it, Mom. All of a sudden Dad’s golf swing has completely changed. It’s amazing. He hits the sweetest shots again and again, with no effort. I’ve never seen him so happy. It’s great.” My son is right. I see that he's secretly grabbed Dr. Melvin's DVD.
Thanks to Dr. Melvin, Tom Melvin, and The TempoMaster Whippy Club, I’m finally a real golfer.
Life is good.