Tee It Forward

Crooked Lies - Golf Practice Mat

Under the Microscope

“Tee it Forward” comes under the microscope. Its bearing has the intent to enhance speed of play on the golf course. Will it work? Who will listen? Could it be there is rhythm and timing in ones swing and there is speed of play that follows with timing and rhythm too? How does one calibrate ones distances to the target in club selection and length of shot making? To calibrate and determine the nature of “….should I play from the forward tees on a golf course or from the “tips today?” Choices could be effective for the total good. Be aware of the collective and self when determining one’s choices. Some want to be successful in their scoring shots, others test the courses challenge and disregard their ability to score by accepting maximum length of any and all golf courses! What resource has player development in mind?

Should one play from the tips? If one thinks distance is the only challenge that golf offers, could it be that you could start in Chicago and hole out in Milwaukee! Realize the golf game is only open-ended at one point. Golf manufacturers maximize sales promoting the driver. All other golf clubs are boxed in by design. How does one hold to their correct tee box, or any of its varied boxes, as golf manufacture’s push us out of the “box”? The only thing competing with the ‘driver’, golf balls, and distance factors as advertisement on TV during golf tournaments is Cialis, with their four hour rounds! Golf could advertise how to play in less than four hours and you need not see your doctor to do it!

What is “the scoring shot”? Maybe the term “the scoring shot” means to separate–not to include. Could it be that reaching a par five or par four hole in less than regulation figures, or ones short game is cleaning up the long game with par saving shots, or one putting for an eagle is a ‘scoring shot’, because beating par is the name of the game. But, you may add by asking , “ How helpful are ‘scoring shots’ on par five holes when a par 70 golf course has only two par five holes?” High school golf coaches have said, their players have had great distance in state competition, straight and long. It was that 100 yards and in which is questionable, and work needs to be done. Finding what club actually works includes flight patterns, trajectory, and calibration for distances. One should know how to lay back and where to strike a full wedge!

When phrased, “My team’s inconsistency with scoring shots is the only thing preventing them from being elite players”, one may ask, “How had golf coaches intended to enhance ability?” Or, when the longer golf shots, which miss the green in regular- tion because they’re further from the green, it becomes obvious why the wedge game is sixty percent of the action in golf.

In the game of golf there need be a consistent frame holding the parts together because there is so much diversity in golf, and there are many parts to be fine tuned, which include the player, clubs, balls, and even the playing field’s design. An art form such as golf will be the player painting the canvas with many tools!

Golf course architect, Ben Crenshaw, former PGA Tour player and Masters Champion refers to golf course design as painting a canvas He says, “One must walk the land to get a feel of its shape.”

Recently I had been to a links course. It had featured the men’s Wisconsin State Amateur and was an interesting addition to host golf in our Kenosha area. However, the links course, and the coaches, and the local school golf teams may be unaware that consistency and inconsistency have not been formatted in a connected sense because golf‘s peculiar distinction is that the course and the range are separate entities. Could it be that through the experience of calibration i.e., (flight patterns, trajectory and distances) cause unification? By true measurement, for players and facilities alike, can we dispose of separation? Can players attain complete development, practicing on range and the lesson tee?

Most golf ranges have ‘consistency’, no lie variables only flatness. If so, is that what one should look for? Could it be that consistency is to the point of ‘swing’ only, but not including terrain, thereby giving a false opportunity of having consistent shots off flat lies? But what of your consistent score? When one confronts inconsistent lie variables on any and all golf courses, and not knowing the flight pattern of a hook or downhill lie, or the changes of swing path (flat or upright motion) because of variable lie angles – how does one educate, train, and learn such things? Is there a place that teaches whether (to tee it forward or not) by knowing calibra- tion through a golf range’s education system that may further ones development to make correct choices on the golf course?

Calibration is unique and available at Transcendental Golf, which has a short course and a long course of nine holes each - two practice courses on a golf range, featuring a training aid, “Crooked Lies” for both courses. Crooked Lies is a learning device of 360 degrees of all lie angles. However, golf ranges, (some still call “driving ranges” - those in love with their driver and separate themselves from the other thirteen clubs) ask,

“So, why impede reality with inconsistency?” A variable lie angle contributes a factor of calibration. Could it be that learning flight patterns, trajectory, and distances may become an effective way of solving speed of play problems? Will calibrations benefit and determine whether one tees it forward or backward for facility and player?

One who plays golf knows the destructive nature of the game by golf’s divot (turf flying), especially when executing the short games wedge shots. My friend, Tom Wilcox formally from Sunset Ridge in Chicago, Illinois, moved to Arizona, built a course and range, and did “crooked lies” on natural terrain, mirroring the “Crooked Lies” of Transcendental Golf, which are both. Tom said, “Why not practice the reality? Develop players for the total game of golf.”

The PGA’s Wanamaker Cup, 2012, had been contested the week of August 7th, 2012, finishing Sunday, Aug. 12 th. “It’s a links golf course. Undulation and angle make the challenge extreme. Why not practice reality?” asks Jason Dufner, a PGA Tour favorite.

Over thirty years ago, George Becker, Bradford HS golf coach said, “Our golf team gladly travels across town to execute all golf shots in training for golf’s variable lie angles, Jack. That’s one reason why Wisconsin golf coaches picked you - Teacher of the Year -1978.” Now, over thirty years later I’d joyfully trade ‘kudos’ for increased golfer awareness by accepting golf’s total challenge on the course and golf range setting a path of calibration.

Confusion can and does abound with an inconsistent formula of separation. My book, Golf: Find Center – Enter the Circle is an attempt to heal the wound of separation. Become inclusive by understanding golf has many colors and brushes. Mix your primary colors. Find your creative self.

Transcendental Golf’s nine hole golf range/golf course’s score card:

(1) Challenges tee shot accuracy: example – Hole #1 distances will vary 460-400-360

(2) If one chose’s 360 as their distance, and hits a drive 200 yards-select a club from 160 yards on a “crooked lie”.

(3) Calibration from varied lie angles includes: flight patterns, trajectory, and alignment procedure.

Learning speed of play and creativity through calibration plus measurement could be understanding the total art of golf is experienced by connecting the range and course.

The Srimad Bhagavatam, canto 2, ch.6, says, “Just as the gold ornaments are one in quality with the stock gold, but the individual gold ornament is never equal in quantity with the stock gold... The stock gold is never exhausted even if there are innumerable ornaments emanating from the stock because the stock is purnam, complete.”

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