Golf is a struggle for everyone that plays the game. I think that it is a part of the allure of the sport. Just when you think you figured it out, your game inexplicably goes sideways. Golf will tax you mentally, and produce visceral frustrations like no other sport. What is even more maddening is that trying harder does not guarantee improvement.
Over the last three years, the game of golf has not been enjoyable for me. My handicap went from a 5.9 index to a 14.5 index. My friends provided me all of the obligatory excuses; work, family, reduced playing etc. Admittedly, I succumbed to my struggles, and thought about quitting the game. Recognizing that quitting is for the weak, I decided to make an investment, and enroll in a golf school. Months of research lead me to Martin Chuck and his Tour Striker Academy. In January, I sent Martin a detailed email outlining my situation. He replied with a comprehensive overview of my issues, and what he would do to help me solve my problems. This initial insight provided by Martin was impressive so I registered for the three-day program.
Given the state of my game, I was anxious about performing in front of Martin, and his team of PGA professionals. It did not take long before that apprehension was alleviated by a group of instructors that focused on my development. While the teaching is extremely positive, they all speak candidly about your game. Martin and his staff make the instruction very personal, and care about each student’s ability to absorb their direction. Key points are reinforced with video, training aids and the data compiled by the TrackMan launch monitor. At the end of the three-day course, I felt that I had an idea of what I needed to do to improve. Additionally, Martin recommended a single training aid that he felt would help me resolve my primary swing flaw. The tool is called the Swingclick, and it is the only device that has actually positively impacted my golf swing.
The results associated with my investment have been material. My handicap has dropped to a 9, and my confidence has gradually come back. I no longer let bad shots destroy my round or undermine my mental condition. My swing might not look any better, but a half dozen rounds in the 70’s has me believing there are legitimate advances.
The struggle with the game of golf has not ended for me. The difference is now I have the proper foundation to withstand its continuous challenges.