Can you improve your golf game by watching John Daly? Yes, you absolutely can. You just have to know what to look for.
As much fun as it used to be to watch John Daly hit a golf ball – it’s sad to see him now. It doesn’t look as if he’s having a fun time on the golf course – well, I guess the same can be said of most Golfers that are struggling. If you only were able to see Daly during his prime on television when he – ‘Gripped it and Ripped it’, you missed something special because there was nothing like seeing him live and standing next to him as he hit a golf ball. It was incredible!
Nobody in the history of the game – well, at least for as long as I’ve been around – has captured the imagination of Golfers as Daly did in the early to mid 90’s. He didn’t win many tournaments – though nobody has won a more memorable Major Championship (in my opinion) than John Daly at the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick.
Come on – he was like the 14th alternate on the list! The chances of him getting into that tournament were the equivalent of the Arizona Cardinals winning the Super Bowl.
Yet, he’s now golf’s version of Brittany Spears – and is nowhere near either his 1991 PGA Championship or his uber-dramatic win in the 1995 British Open Championship. And maybe 12 ½ years is a long time ago – but boy could that guy hit the golf ball and make golf an exciting game to watch.
But, getting back to your golf game –
Compare the progress (or lack of progress) of John Daly’s golf game to the way your golf game has been going the last few years. Have you been on the John Daly training program where your game has gotten worse (or stayed the same) over this time as others around you are passing you by? Or have you been on the Tiger Woods training program where your game has improved each year and you’re doing the passing?
Two of Golf’s most famous Golfers – one struggling more and more each year; one dominating more and more each year. Who would you want to be at this point?
Do you prepare for the golf course like Tiger or do you prepare like Daly?
If it’s Monday and you know that you’re going to be playing golf on Saturday – what do you do to prepare? Are you like John Daly or are you like Tiger? How much more do you think Tiger prepares for a round of golf versus how much John Daly does?
Now, I know you’re not a Professional Golfer – your income isn’t based on how well you play golf. So you don’t have to prepare as extensively as Tiger does, but if you want to play well on the golf course – you should do a little more than Daly does!
Seriously – if you did some push-ups on Monday, sit-ups on Tuesday, 10 minutes of swing drills (without a ball) on Wednesday, push-ups on Thursday and 5 minutes of swing drills and some sit-ups on Friday – would you be more prepared to play golf on Saturday than if you hung out at Hooters and drank beer each night.
Please know this isn’t an attack on John Daly. I like John Daly. I’ve met him and know people that know him and he’s a great guy. This is more about how someone’s not living up to their potential to play better golf. And although, you might not be parking your RV at Hooters – are you preparing well enough to play your best golf?
Most Golfers that play on Saturday at 9:07 AM – prepare for their round on Saturday morning at 8:37 AM when they get their bucket of balls to bring to the driving range. Yet, Tiger is preparing for his next round everyday.
Are you preparing for your next round yet? Or are you saying – “Well no. It’s winter where I live and I won’t be playing golf for a few more months.”
If that’s you – you’re in luck because you couldn’t be in a more perfect situation – you have about 90 days of push-ups, sit-ups and swing drills to prepare for that first round.
The Monkey prepares to play the morning of their round.
The Player is preparing everyday.
Go ahead, start preparing today and be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life