This is my contribution to the 10 year challenge. I really don’t care to compare how I looked 10 years ago. But it sure is fun comparing my golf swing and how it has evolved!
I’ve always loved golf knowing you can’t buy yourself practice or rush to cover up that you’ve put in the time but haven’t. I remember knowing that when I was a kid and why I love the game so much. My theory still applies now where you can’t buy practice time and put a filter on a skill, a form, or a swing. It is or it isn’t. How cool is that! I love the rawness of the game and how it continues to reveal itself through the test of time, technology and color correction.
I love aging because I have more flexibility and coordination now than I did years ago. With each day, I know this game more deeply so I can help more golfers out there. If you keep learning, fine-tuning and applying, aging is beautiful and powerful. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again reminiscing about what was…then yes (that famous quote is right) it’s insanity and aging doesn’t look so good.
Golfers blame so much that aging is the reason they lose distance and accuracy. I debunk that theory all the time with not only my own game but when 60-70+ year old guys learn the right moves and can hit their drives 250 yds+. I witness that all the time when teaching. The right fundamentals age well and fine tuning it makes you age backwards.
Photo on the left of over 10 yrs ago some course in TX and the photo on the right is recent at Edgewood GC in Tahoe. Right is more flexibility, shoulder turn, and better turn around the spine.
Left photo years ago at The Institute and photo on the right at The Ranch (more purposeful follow through and bigger arc).
Years ago at Cypress Country Club and recent on the right at Edgewood GC. Bigger arc, better turn resulting in more accuracy and distance. Swing arc is much higher and on plane.
3/4 short game swing. Years ago at The Institute on the left. Recent swing at San Juan Oaks on the right. Way better coordination and better turn.
Years ago at The Institute (left) and Cinnabar Hills (right). Full finish and structure in the swing on the right.
Years ago at Sherwood CC on the left and Recent San Juan Oaks on the right. Way more grounded, athletic and purposeful set up.