There is a first time for everything. Since 1999 I have been a PGA Golf Professional here in Texas. During this time I have never written for a newspaper. This opportunity came about when I donated golf lessons as a prize for charity golf tournament being played at the Club at Cimarron.
Like most golf tournaments, there is a prize for the first, second, and third place teams. However, I felt that my golf lessons should be given as a prize to the players who finish last! Seems fitting doesnít it? Ironically, the winner of the lessons (last place) was the vice president of the Valley Town Crier. During our lesson we began a conversation about what else? The Town Crier.
Being a reader of this newspaper, I have always enjoyed getting it for couple of reasons. One, its free. Two, it is on my driveway every Wednesday morning. The vice president suggested to me that I write a short weekly article every week about golf. I agreed. I really have enjoyed the food article which reviews our local restaurants so, why not write about local golf.
The lesson with the vice president went very well being his first time he had taken a lesson. Itís a lesson that is fairly common for most unfortunate golfers. The back swing was taken too far inside. Once he got to the end of his backswing and was ready to swing the club forward to the hit ball he was then too far to the inside and had no where to go but to the outside. This for a right handed golfer is commonly known as a over the top slice.
Eighty percent of the golfers I teach at Cimarron do this. Most of the time the golfer tries to correct for his slice by buying a new anti-slice driver, changing his grip, or aiming more left. The later is by far the worst mistake. While aiming more left may be a quick fix and may work from time to time its just a quick fix that will lead to trouble in the long run. Here is how I fixed his problem . . .
First, I had to address his aim. I had him square up his stance so that he wasnít aiming so far to the left. Second, have him make his backswing to the outside instead of the inside. (Similar to Jim Furyk). Although Furykís swing looks different it actually is a great way to reduce slicing. By making the back swing well to the outside it gives our golfer room to swing back to the inside on the forward swing. Once we are in that inside on the forward swing we then must keep our grip pressure very light on the club (the same amount of pressure you apply to the steering wheel when driving your car at 20 mph). The right forearm must cross over the left and then finish well onto the left side with your body rotation. Of course itís easier said than done. This is why I make a living at try to teach this move.
Did this work for the vice present? The vice president now can hit the ball with much more power and distance and no longer slices. His ball flight is a nice draw which works well on our extra firm fairways here in the McAllen area. However, I canít take all of the credit for his improvement. After all, Iím only half of the equation. The other half depends on the golfer to follow through and practice what has been taught to him.
Lastly, Iíd like to welcome the Winter Texan readers back for the first time since the spring. There is a first time for all of you reading this. Did you know that Cimarron has Winter Texan memberships? Did you know that Cimarron is open on select Mondays for public play? Back in 2008 I was meeting the public directors of Tierra Del Sol in Pharr and many of those members were shocked to learn that.
I like to hear from the readers. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No topic is too big or small. Questions and comments are welcome and I will address most of them in my future articles.
Trivia Question: Who is Tiger Woods new swing coach? (The first correct answer emailed to me will get a free lesson.)
Until next time, Iíll see you at the lesson tee.
Will Borowski is a class-A PGA Professional and the Director of Instruction at the Club at Cimarron and can be reached for lessons at 581-7408.