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I have struggled with the driver since I took up the game as a teenager many years ago. I never really learned how to control the longest club in the bag. I envied the number one player on my high school team, Henry Leon, for his driving ability. Henry was a fine all around player and his driving was most  impressive. A thin, wiry fellow, who had a Ben Hogan quality to him, Henry bristled with confidence, trusting his swing would set him up well to par or birdie any given hole. I, on the other hand, never really trusted my tee ball swing, having to count on decent iron play and superior chipping and putting to land me the number 2 spot on the team and score consistently in the high 70s, low 80s. I was a good athlete but for some reason could not square up that persimmon head at impact. And today, I’m still struggling. I have my good days (like when I shot my recent 77), but most often my driving is inconsistent and unpredictable. And driving, I believe, is the most important key to playing successful and satisfying golf. Driving is what makes golf a sport and not (more…)

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The great intimidators in golf history are legendary: Walter Hagen,  Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer,  Patty Berg, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Wright, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Tiger Woods, and…Eddie, the guy from Ireland I played with last weekend. That’s right: We deal with intimidation even among amateurs on the muni all the time. There’s the guy who plays the black or blue tees while we tiptoe up to the whites. Then there’s the gorilla who cracks it 280 down the middle…just about every time. And the guy who keeps making par after bloody par while we scratch out bogeys. We’re impressed. We’re embarassed. We’re humiliated. We’re intimidated.  “I’m very intimidated,” Ray Romano said to Hank Haney, “by anyone (more…)

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