I think I am a world class Golf/Alexander teacher. I don't get much chance to demonstrate that except in my divine practice sessions. My advice is one with Harvey Penick: practice the short game.
Notes to my golf student
Just some clarification on all that.
Most putters just think about the line and don’t think enough about pace (how hard to hit it).
To get good at putting, you must learn to think 80% about pace. Be obsessed with pace. You want the ball to end up 6" behind the hole when you miss. Over 10 feet this is almost always. Not 2 feet or 4 feet past the hole. Not 6" short.. Line is mostly about pace anyway.
When you are anywhere near the green you want to scheme to use the less lofted club. “Put it on the ground as quickly as you can.” You don’t have to have the first bounce on the green. Sometimes you do and you get a more certain result if you do. But look to bounce it up whenever you can.
The two best golfers from Austin are Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. Both of them as well as most of the other good ones from here studied with him. Crenshaw is the best putter out there.
Working on less than a full shot is the way to learn this game. “Practice the short game.”
It’s all about feel and confidence and having a good short game is the definition of confidence and feel.
Note to my Alexander teacher
Dear Jane, 1. Maybe I'l just share some of my insights on the golf. I good book, I think, is "The Little Red Book" by Harvey Penick, an Austinite. It happens to be the most popular book on golf. He is sort of my guru, as well as Ben Crenshaw's, Tom Kite's, many famous Austinite's and Texans. He says practice the short game. Golf is mostly about contacting the ball cleanly and being flexible and always adjusting to that. Not putting too much effort into it and missing that point. It's harder to miss that point working on less than a full shot. I use the image of an ax murderer as to illustrate what not to do. It's easy to go out there and just hurt yourself and others. Some people misunderstand and think it's about delivering a vicious blow. Trying too hard is almost the norm. One must find the middle way. The proper amount of effort. It's called feel or playing more by feel. Developing feel. Then you take that feel to the full shots and one is so far ahead in terms of being able to learn. And one is learning the right things. Practice altogether is where one can really integrate the teachings. It’s all about feel and confidence and having a good short game is the definition of confidence and feel. Personally, I like to take a short walk between strokes on the practice tee. That really opens things up. It is so helpful to learn the game a little bit if you are going to teach it. Learn putting. Putt on the rug at home. Learn chipping. You can do it in the yard. Best Wishes, Craig
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