By T.J. Tomasi
One of my favorite students (yes, teachers have favorites just like parents do, although like parents, we never admit it) has come a long way in a year. Paul started with me as a 24 handicap who was really about a 30. He was ready to quit, he was so embarrassed by his game. Paul’s long game improved dramatically, but his pitching from 75 yards didn’t follow suit. Not only couldn’t he get it on the green, he was liable to chunk it 10 yards or scull it a 100.
The good news was that the problem was his technique. Paul made the mistake most players do when it comes to pitching: You can’t tilt your spine away from the target and be a good pitcher of the ball.
Once I showed Paul the correct spine position, his technique improved significantly. But fixing the swing wasn’t the end of the story because even though Paul could now pitch the ball in practice, he still couldn’t pitch the ball very well on the golf course. There was one more fix to be performed — the brain fix!
Next week: Part 2 — fixing the brain.