Monday, March 06, 2006

Seven Truths??

Today, after posting my double review (see most recent "Review" entry), I picked up my current issue of Philadelphia Golf Styles, and found a cover blurb advertising "The Seven Truths." As that sounded Zen-like — perhaps similar to what I've been covering here — I eagerly flipped to the article.

In the interest of fairness and complete disclosure, here is the essence of it. The author is Wayne DeFranesco, a PGA teaching pro with a 38-year history with the game. The full title is Searching for the Truth, and the sub-title or lead quote (Jim Carroll) is, "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted."

Here are Wayne's seven truths:

  • If you're not that good, the only way you can buy improvement is to pay someone who really knows what he's doing to teach it to you.
  • If you don't invest the time, you simply cannot get better.
  • It's just as likely that any swing device or infomercial product will make you less competent.
  • You need to become a better putter. Someday, if you ever learn how to hit the ball well, your putting will reveal itself as weaker than you think.
  • Ignore the television announcers. Whatever they say about a golf swing has no relevance to you.
  • Get stronger. Strength is under-appreciated, while flexibility is vastly overemphasized.
  • Never stop learning. Nobody's figured out this game yet, including you and me.

I can't disagree with any of the seven, but the first and third are worth comment.

I think the key word in the first is "buy," and the key question is whether it is ever possible to buy a better game. I think the lead-in quote says it all; in the end, you'll have to discover it for yourself.

As to the third "truth" and my reviews:

I agree with DeFrancesco's truth itself, and that is the reason I'm afraid of Tour Tempo.

Your opinions??


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