Saturday, February 25, 2006

Two (Old) Books

A discussion this past week caused me to dig into my (too extensive?) golf library and to recheck Holographic Golf, by Larry Miller (HarperCollings, 1993). It's a great little book that is 80% mental game. I haveto like it, because Miller's basic idea is to learn three static positions: address, the top of the backswing, and the finish position. Get those right, he says, and everything else will fall into place.

If you've been reading my essays and/or listening to the podcasts, you'll see the parallel.

But, beyond the physical, Holographic Golf is loaded with mental twists. Check out my "Tips" page for the best.

Besides Holograpic, Miller has also published Beyond Golf, which deals as much with your life as with your game.

I recommend both of Miller's books. The issue is availability, but I'm sure you can find used books on E-Bay, or elsewhere on the web. Good Luck

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Hole of the Third Eye

(I can't help myself... forgive a small bit of personal pride here.)

The current quarterly issue of The University of Michigan's Alumnus magazine arrived yesterday, and I was pleased to find a feature review of my novel.

A brief quote from the article:

"This novel intrigues readers by its promise of a story that weaves together golf lessons and life lessons. It delivers on that promise as the author develops an unconventional plot and sympathetic characters who arrive at an unexpected finish at the Hole of the Third Eye. In Wayne Smith's capable hands, this refreshing change-your-life novel entertains the reader."

(Some people have said they can't find the link to the book. On each GolfingZen page, you'll see a menu list in the right-hand column that contains the link to the book. Check it out!)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Tour Tempo

Tour Tempo is a book that came out last year. I looked at it then and quickly rejected it. (But I'm not telling you why!)

Now, my friend Becky Dengler (LPGA/PGA member and a Golf For Women Top-50 Instructor) has told me I need to take a second look, and I've promised that I will.

The book's basic concept is that the last unrevealed secret of the golf swing is the tempo of the expert's golf swing. The claim is that we amateurs swing back too slowly, forcing us to lunge forward on the downswing. The premise is that a faster backswing will take out all our errors and inefficiencies.

And faster it is!! One student describes it as "trying to snatch hot toast from the toaster." The book includes a DVD that contains videos of experts and amateurs and mp.3 sound files with repeating "beeps" that teach you to re-time your swing. You can transfer them to your iPod and take them to the course with you (illegal, however, for posting handicaps).

I've promised Becky a report-back, and I'll post that here as well.

In the meantime, I'd very much like to hear from anyone who's already worked with the book and the sound files. How did it work for you?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Slingshots: An Update

Last October, I wrote that I'd put new Nike Slingshots in my bag.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must record that my old Pro-Combos have been re-instated. I found the Slingshots too "harsh" in feel and my short-game trajectory was too penetrating; probably my fault, but I couldn't do anything with any 'softness' or 'touch.'

So... are the Pro-Combos a temporary thing? I have no idea what else I might choose, so I'm looking forward to the big Spring demo-day events.

If you've put new clubs in your bag recently, what did you choose? And... in the words of Dr. Phil... how's that working for you?