Viewer Mail--Op Ed
February 16, 2000
JL is a PGA professional on the East Coast. He recently ordered the Golden Swing Thing. He is down in Florida this winter playing on some mini tours.
I stay with my best friend down here who is a 4
handicap and who has never really had a "breakthrough". It is mental and he has
never broken par. After reading your article, "Mushin
at the Masters", I passed it on to him and insisted that it might help him. He
read it, went out and played the following day, scoring each shot in the round with only
Mushin and Suki. Guess what? He shot one under and is bouncing off the walls. Thought you
might like to here something positive.
Have really enjoyed some of your articles.
Question? I only started to read your thought and theories. One question I have is how does one learn or teach a swing without thoughts. Some instruction must preclude in order to achieve the true swing and a state of mushin.
How does one learn to swing without thinking? I'm still working on that one myself! That is the million dollar question ;~ }
I believe it was Jim McLean who said, "it's all
about letting go." The thing that allows you to let go is different from what allows
another to let go. I believe that it is deeply involved in the perception of art and
beauty and the interconnectedness of all things. It's about moving to a place where
everything is right. No question means no observer. No observer means total experience.
Total experience means oneness with the moment.
I received the device, and have spent a couple of hours playing with it. I'm a little confused with some of the exercises, but I can see how working and understanding our center can help with all swings. I've shared some of your articles with ______ _______ (golf magazine top 50 instructor, for whatever that's worth). I consider him an excellent instructor and he is very open minded. He's found your material to be very interesting. I will contact you with some questions about the exercises. Streaming video would be a huge plus. In the meantime possibly an inexpensively produced video with each stick may be an idea. Anyway, which exercise were you refering to in the "Clarifying the notion of walking" article when refering to the "counterfall theory"? This is of great interest since it deals with a problem I'm having. I know more questions will follow.
NOTE: Although JL revealed the name of the instructor to me in the email, I refuse to publish it without asking permission.
The exercise is a simple demonstration of the
"gear effect". Take the Swing Thing with open hands and begin the "Object
Awareness Exercise." Keep the pendulum stable, and do the toe to toe thing. Then move
into the turning on the "T" exercise, as described in the third group. (These
exercises are described in the Product Web) If you track the tether
ball as it moves in a stable back and forth motion, you will notice that the tether ball spins around
the axis of the tether line in the same direction that you yourself are spinning. Of
course, being connected by a leather string, the tether ball will lag somewhat. As you
move back and forth, the winding and unwinding action of the tether will make it appear as
though the ball is spinning in the opposite direction of your spin. The clubhead, having a
"harder" connection, will not lag as dramatically. It will gear to the right on
the backswing and then gear to the left on the downswing.
See the Gravity Golf review
How does the counterfall relate to the problem you are having? Can you be more specific about the problem you're having?
Thanks for replying. I am presently working with ______ ____ (name withheld) and he uses a machine that tracks your center of gravity throughout the golf swing. When on the machine, during the transition stage, my center moves towards my toes. This causes me to move closer to the ball, I shorten and constrict my left arm to compensate, and a series of problems occur. Last night I read "Clarifying the notion of walking" and to sum it up in one word, "fantanstic". I really loved your statement that golf is played from the heels and hips, not the toes and knees. Great stuff! In addition the concept of everything below the waist moves away from the ball and everything above moves towards it, was probably one of the best lines I've read (and I read everything). I went out today and practiced then played. By using the above thoughts, and setting up more towards my heels, I actually felt my lower half rotating and moving away from the ball, while my arms whirled towards and through the ball. I felt my left arm extended through impact. This is a first for me (my handicap is about a plus 2), so I'm no beginner. I beleive I experienced my first "swing" and what swing feels like. Very exciting! Leads me to 2 questions. Can you suggest a step by step way for me to setup to the ball (preshot setup) to help me consistently find my center and stay off the balls of my feet? Also which exercise with the stick can be most beneficial to me for this problem. Thanks again for your help and keep up the great work.
______ ____ sounds like a very interesting
person--someone I would like to meet someday.
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