Golf cannot be mastered. Some of us play just for that reason. It takes fortitude, determination, patience, persistence, dedication, money, more money and balls to play the game. Avid adherents to the game play in vicious downpours, freezing weather and gale force winds. It’s a game that means everything, yet it means nothing.
With the passage of years, we all develop our own “systems” intended to guide us to mastery of the game. Some have better systems than others. Some take lessons. Some buy the latest and greatest equipment. Some practice without respite. Some meditate. Others adopt strange diets and drink magic potions. Some cheat.
Most of us have learned the game is mental. I don’t mean you have to be crazy to play (although it helps). I mean you must have an ability to focus, but not so intensely as to sap your stores of energy. You must be “up” to the challenge, but keep your head “down”. You hit the ball farther by swinging not as hard. You must be unflappable even as you three putt from eight feet. It’s a game of attitude more than aptitude. Anyone can hit great shots. The secret to scoring is hitting fewer lousy shots.
To that end, I have tried most approaches and despite outward appearances, I have yet to master the game. However, thanks to Rick Brown, a member at Gainey Ranch, I have taken a giant step forward. Most of us have a little mental checklist we run through before every swing. The experts say you can only focus on two or three items on your checklist before you unleash your mighty blow. Personally, I find that there’s a point at the top of my backswing where my hands hit a little switch similar to the one that turns off the light in my refrigerator when the door closes. After religiously going through my mental checklist, I begin my perfect swing. At the top, I trigger the switch and the light in the mind turns off and the balance of my swing is performed in golfer’s darkness. When I regain consciousness, I can sometimes pick up the flight of the ball as it slices into the rough or hooks into Sven Ohlund’s swimming pool on the left.
Some golfer’s checklists are so long they stand over the ball for ten or twelve seconds before the swing begins. I’ve had shorter courtships than some guys stand over their balls. After he appeared to freeze in place, I’ve actually run up to Ron Dobkin to administer CPR not realizing he was still going through his checklist.
Well, here is your solution a simple mouse-click away. Rick Brown’s checklist will make you a better golfer. And the beauty of it is that it has been formalized. I suggest printing the diagram and pinning it to the bottom of the bill on your golf hat. As you address the ball, a quick glance upward and you’ve got it all. You’re on your way to stardom. It gives you everything you need to asymptotically approach golf mastery. All you need are sticks, balls and the Brown Method.