Monday, 14 May 2012
Is there one way to swing a golf club?
Just over a month ago, one Bubba Watson, proved that once and for all there is no one way to swing a golf club. With prestigious drives and towering iron shots he pummelled his way around Augusta National to his first major victory.
And to cap it all in the play-off he played an audacious hook with a wedge out of trees on the right hand side of the 10th hole. To hook a ball that far with a pitching wedge takes great skill and hands and Bubba has both. The angles he moves his body at and the power he generates are incredible and it is certainly a swing that cannot be copied. What it does show is that if you understand which part of the ball you need to hit and what angle to swing the club with the relevant club face position, you are well on your way.
Lee Westwood came agonisingly close again and but for continuing troubles with the flat stick, he would have surely broken his duck in the majors. He played by far and away the best golf of the week, unfortunately it is a game about getting the ball in the hole and not just hitting it well.
Since the Masters I have again been on stage, this time at the National Golf Show, NEC, where as well as compering the show I co-presented with Andy Gorman, one of Europe's leading putting coaches, Gary Smith, one of the three lead coaches at England Golf and Geoff Swain, World Trick Shot Champion.
As one of the leading putting coaches in Europe,Andy gave me some amazing insights into the world of putting mechanics. Gary is one of three lead coaches for England Golf and his approach to the short game was truly inspirational and made perfect sense, when you understand how the club should work. His approach is already making our short game lessons more productive and fun, for us and our clients. And Geoff presented his amazing trick shot show in an educational style and wowed the crowds with his wit and skills. I am looking forward to sharing the stage again with them all at Earls Court sometime in November.
The academy at Chichester is growing and our new website is now live, www.westwoodgolf.co.uk, take a look and discover how you can play, learn and understand what is possible for you while playing this amazing game.
Until next time, whatever you do be the BEST you!
Posted by Tony Westwood at 19:53