Chuck Carnevale | Lutz,Florida
2007 GGA Alumni of the Year
To progress from the world’s worst golfer to being the next featured alumni of the world’s best golf school is quite an honor.I’m further humbled to join the great guys who preceded me.
My name is Chuck Carnevale, a/k/a EDMP, and I live in Lutz, Florida, near Tampa, with my wife Julie, daughter Chaz, and son Colton, all of whom are also Graves Golf Academy alumni.I’m 5’10”, 190 pounds, 59 years old, and therefore, desperately trying to shoot my age.In addition to my wife and kids, I share my home with three dogs (two Labs and a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier), three cats and about 100 mallard ducks, all of which require daily feeding by me.
I was also recently honored by Graves Golf Academy as they featured my story about golf and my dad in their July E-Tips Newsletter, Issue #55.This is the story about how I got started with Graves Golf, and therefore, I respectfully refer anyone interested in learning more to that issue.I would like to use this space to elaborate on my passion for golf and the exceptional progress I have made thanks to Graves Golf Academy.The passion I have for the great game of golf is deeply rooted in my relationship with my father.The story published in the July E-Tips is one of many Dad-and-I golf episodes.
Like most small boys, my first real hero was my father.Dad was an avid and scratch golfer that hit the ball a mile relative to his era.The sound of his Titleist Balata powerfully launched through the air as his Powerbilt Persimmon driver crushed it unmercifully made quite an impression on my young psyche.As a boy I longed to hit a drive like my dad.Alas and alack, the golf Gods apparently skipped a generation and my skills were ruefully inadequate to accomplish my desires.Consequently, I developed a love/hate relationship with golf.I loved the challenge and hated my total inability to meet it, and most of all, feeling that my dad was disappointed in me.
My dad is gone now, but while he was alive, I was possessed with the need to show him I was a worthy son.Since golf was his passion, in my distorted mind I believed that playing golf well was the only way I could achieve that goal.Consequently, I worked like a man possessed, but alas, to no avail, I even went as far as to put in my own driving range on my property and would often be out hitting balls for an entire weekend.Hour after hour I launched my conventional swing at those little white balls.After endless shanks, slices, skulls, chunks, and chili dips, drenched and exhausted, I would come inside and virtually collapse into a heap of frustrated weeping manhood.I was truly the world’s worst golfer and convinced that daddy was ashamed.
Then one glorious day I discovered single axis golf, which ultimately led me to the Graves Golf Academy.Suddenly, there was (for me at least ) a more effective way to swing a golf club.What was once a seemingly impossible task was being well executed with greater and greater frequency and ease.The glorious journey to the feeling of greatness had finally begun.
From the teachings and tools that Todd, Tim and the Graves Golf Academy gang provided me, I soon became an accomplished golfer.With good fundamentals learned at their schools, plus the help of their videos, training club and the fantastic PVC drill, many golfing milestones that I once believed unattainable became my normal game.For example, one glorious day this summer I found myself in the zone and shot a lifetime low round of 68.Although I still shoot a lot of rounds in the low to mid eighties, I’m also breaking 80 more and more often.
As fate would have it, golf has turned out to be a very important part of my business life as well.My wife, Julie, and I are co-founders of a money management firm whose primary customers are financial planners, stock brokers, investment consultants, attorneys, CPA’s and other professionals, most of whom play golf.It’s amazing how much respect you receive when you sport a decent golf game.Even though our firm registers one of the best track records in the nation, I have closed as many or more deals due to my golf game than our record.Perhaps my dad’s inspiration had divine intervention behind it.
What it all boils down to is this:I believe I represent living and undeniable proof that the Graves Golf Academy’s swing like Moe method of golf is a better way to play.Please do not assume that I exaggerate in calling myself the world’s worst golfer.With the conventional method, I absolutely was.I practiced incessantly and tirelessly for 30-plus years, a boy then a man obsessed, and never came close to breaking 100.In just a few short years of swinging like Moe I now have game.I even won a golf tournament this summer sponsored by a regional bank’s stock brokerage division.
Currently, I still practice my golf game every day.However, thanks to Graves Golf Academy, instead of a frustrating emasculation it has become a peaceful meditation.In fact, I have just come in from a practice session on my synthetic chipping/putting green (yes, I still am a man obsessed with golf) only instead of a frustrated heap of weeping manhood, I’m beaming with pride.I just sank five out of twelve forty foot chips (thanks Tim) and left the other seven as tap-ins.Man, this game is fun when you have skills.
By the way, what really makes the game of golf fun is to be able to play the game.Prior to Graves Golf Academy golf to me meant – can I get the ball into the air and traveling somewhat in the direction of the green?After swinging like Moe, hitting the ball is no longer the issue.I am actually playing the game as it’s intended to be played.My mind is now focused on questions like:Do I need to be on the left or right side of the fairway for my approach?Can I carry that bunker or should I hit my three wood?Where on the green should I land my ball?Shoot, I can even attempt to work the ball, fade or draw.Man, that’s golf as it is meant to be played.Of course, I don’t pull every shot off, just more often than not.However, maybe someday, if I just keep practicing the fundamentals as taught by TnT, who knows what I might accomplish. Finally, in my heart of hearts, I know that Daddy loved me in spite of my golf game.However, I believe he’s looking down today with pride on his son the accomplished golfer.Thank you Graves Golf Academy for giving me game, and thanks to all of you for listening.
Dan Bassett | Meriden,Connecticut
2006 GGA Alumni of the Year
Hello everyone. I’ve been asked to put down on paper my experiences with my self and my golfing life so all you GGA alumni and soon to be alumni can get to know me and maybe see yourself in my story somewhere. So here goes. My name is Daniel J Bassett Jr. My friends call me Doc. I live in Meriden , Connecticut and have for my whole life, which as of this past June 30th is 40 years. (man, where has it all gone?). I am 5′ 10″ and I weigh about 182 lbs. I am married to my childhood sweetheart Lorraine . We have been married almost 13 years and have been with each other for 23 plus years. She is the only thing in the world that gives me as much pleasure (and anguish?) as golf. She has been through it all with me. From my crying about not being good enough to play with the “good” guys to my crying about being called a sandbagger all the way down to my low of 9.0 handicap. (Seems like I do a lot of crying huh?) Anyway my story is probably the typical story you’ll here as the Alumni letters start rolling in.
I didn’t start playing golf until I was about 24 years old. I worked the night shift and the guys that worked there at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft would go golfing in the summer and bowling in the winter. Being a competitive person who was excelled in the “main” sports in school, I couldn’t wait to show these “geezers” what a “real athlete” was. (Incidentally I’m now older than those so called geezers were then.) I started and played for my high school baseball and basketball teams so how hard could this game where the ball doesn’t even move be? Well it didn’t take me long to figure out that this game was harder than anything I’d ever done in the past. I mean with those other sports I just excelled without even trying. I use to think it was only my competitiveness that was the difference between me and others, thinking I did well because I “wanted it” more than they did. I liked golf right from the very start but I just couldn’t “get it”. We kept handicaps for our leagues and tournaments and although I took lessons and practiced my butt off I just couldn’t break 90 and most times didn’t break 100. The lowest I ever got my handicap was 24.2 back then. (I still have the card because I was so proud I had finally broken the 25 barrier.) I really didn’t know why I couldn’t stop that darn slice I had back then but man it was the biggest slice anyone had seen. I still haven’t seen anyone play that bad since. I mean I even use to slice wedges, I had to try to aim way left to make up for the slice of even my most lofted clubs.
Well as the years rolled by I became more and more frustrated with the game and eventually it became one of those things to do while me and my buddies drank and goofed off on the course. I really use to resent the fact that being as competitive as I am inside, I just couldn’t seem to play this game good at all and soon I just stopped playing. I got heavy into softball and adult league baseball games where I could be competitive and do some winning and grinning. I would still play golf a few times a year but hated the fact that this game, what I use to think was a “sissy game ” growing up, just could not be played in any kind of seriousness because I just really stunk at it.
During the winters I played on a state championship dart team and the guys would play golf together in the summers and I would get my butt kicked by my teammates. I mean they were no Jack Nicklaus’ or Arnold Palmer’s but they were in the high 80’s low 90’s while I would hover around 100. I would practice, take lessons and it seemed I just got worse. Then in the bar one night during a dart league game I saw an infomercial about Natural Golf and I remembered the Golf Digest article that was in the infomercial. So the next day I went up into my attic to try to find the magazine that I had seen the night before. I found it and inside it had an article about Moe Norman and it had a side piece that said “You can learn to swing like Moe”. So I just tried to do what it said in the article: Hold your right hand out in front of you and turn it at a 45 degree angle and then pull the back of your hand to your forearm and then put the club in it like that. It went in to a few things so I went to the range and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was actually hitting the ball straight-sort of. But the huge banana was gone, gone, gone! At that time I belonged to an executive course that had a par of 30. I was usually around 43 to 48 on that course for 9 holes. The 2nd day after hearing about this Natural Golf thing I went out and shot 33! I just couldn’t believe it. From then on I was hooked on the Moe Norman swing.
I ordered the Lifetime of better golf package, which I thought was a great name because it seemed like my golfing life had been turned upside down. I got in touch with a Natural Golf instructor by the name of Fran O’Keefe who was teaching up in Maine . In the early days of Natural Golf, I’m talking about 1998 which is when I first started with Natural Golf, it was hard to find an instructor. But I did and I agreed to go up to Maine for the weekend with my wife, who loves Maine having vacationed there as a child, and spent the time learning all I could about my new direction in golf. I thought Fran was a good instructor and other than being a Red Sox fan we got along good. I took to this new “simple” swing very easily. All the sudden I’m beating my friends, sometimes, and having fun. In the early days of my involvement of Natural Golf I really enjoyed the learning and the new playability of my new golf game. I was very happy.
The following year Fran left to move to Florida and I had to find a new Natural Golf instructor. In the mean time I got all the tapes I could find on Moe Norman and Natural Golf. I was playing well at my Executive course; I got a hole in one in my 2nd year and this got me into Natural Golf’s Hall of Fame. Man things were looking good to me, Natural Golf was a miracle! In July of 1999 I shot an even par 30 three separate times and a 29 once. I shot 80 at the course I play now that August, and shot my lowest 18 holes with a 65, 35 -30. In September I won the Miner Hills Inaugural Club Championship. Can you believe it? Two years before I could barely break 100 and now I’m shooting rounds of 5 over par and winning club championships. Things were looking good. And then just as suddenly I started to play bad again. I don’t know what happened, things just started to not work the same. I was looking for a new Natural Golf instructor and found one who had recently took up residence in Connecticut . (All this time Peter Fox was living in Connecticut , but I didn’t know it) After I started working with the new instructor, who I though was good, I started noticing some differences in the way he taught Natural Golf and the way Fran taught Natural Golf and what the tapes and Moe were saying. I had a feeling something was going on here and I didn’t know who or what to believe. First of all, I had more time studying Natural Golf than he had, which probably doesn’t mean anything now that I look at it but at the time it really did and I would question everything he was telling me to do. He gave me the impression that he only made money off me if I bought clubs, that Natural Golf got all the school money so there was a big burden I felt to buy another set of Natural Golf clubs,( I had already bought a set from Fran). But I didn’t want to make the only instructor I had in Connecticut mad so I ended up buying another set of Natural Golf clubs and hated them. And my game kinda hung there at about an 18 handicap. I had gotten it down to about a 14 when I was playing good but then it went up to 18 and I couldn’t get back down.
I think it was about a year or so with my second Natural Golf instructor and he moved to Florida as well. So here I was again looking for some help for my game but definitely not ever going back to the old ways, I was definitely sticking with Natural Golf. Then in I think it was about in 2000 or 2001 I saw in one of the Natural Golf magazines that Todd Graves was going to stop playing on tours and he was going to concentrate on teaching schools. I was so mad. All I kept thinking about was how all the rich guys and company CEO’s were going to get the guy from the tapes to show them how to do it.
You see, I’m a sheet metal journeyman, and construction workers are not the type of guys you think of being able to afford the Natural Golf Signature School with Todd Graves . I conjured up a bunch of well to do gentlemen getting the best over us working types once again. But as I read deeper into the article it said that Todd Graves Signature Natural Golf schools were just about the same price, maybe a bit more but I don’t think it was much because I knew it was within my means, which aren’t much. I perked up a bit but then I thought how in the world am I ever going to go, my wife would never be on board with this, Damn! So I sulked around a bit for a couple days and my wife finally says “What’s your problem?” I said forget it, “You’ll never understand.” Long story short she says, “Of course we can go”. She has family down in Florida and we hadn’t seen Mickey in awhile so she was on board. Awesome!
So the first Little Moe Invitational Tournament was my first meeting with the Todd & Tim Graves . I had a couple hour lesson at one of the schools they were teaching and it was great! From the very first time I was being taught I knew that it was a good fit. The one thing I never had to do was question the directions. I mean, if Todd says it, then it is. How could I argue with the guy who learned straight from Moe and was called “Little Moe”? There was no wondering if I’ve been with the Natural Golf / Moe swing longer or if this guy knows what he’s talking about. I mean he’s the man. So the lesson and the clinic’s at the Little Moe and I was off and running again with my game. My scores started to come back down again and it was and is just awesome.
Steve Clay | Akron,Ohio
I want to thank everyone at the Graves Golf Academy for all their support in my journey to better golf. So, I guess I should start with a little Bio of myself.I’m 5’7″ 190lbs. 45 years of age and have been in the Plastics industry for 25 years. WOW! Where has time gone? I have raised 3 good kids who are just starting their own lives and I’m sure will be happy in whatever they pursue. I have a great Beagle who gets more spoiled everyday and a lovely Fiancé’ that tolerates me going to the range as much as possible. I feel blessed and have no complaints.
Anyway, my journey also started with Natural Golf back in November of 2001. I was completely blown away on the video and was amazed to see how simple looking the Golf swing was. After a month of banging the hell out of balls, my friend and I took a 1 day school lesson and had a great Time with the Instructor ( Bob Chaffe ), he explained the fundamentals well and I had a great time but had a better time seeing my friend smash the ball 230 yards like an arrow. It was really the first time he ever hit the ball they great. After a couple more months of banging balls and watching the LOBG video a hundred times I wanted to meet the guy in the Red shirt. Well, lucky me I found out they were coming to Cleveland and seized the opportunity. What do think was the first thing Todd and Tim started to change, Have you guessed? YEP! THE GRIP. Hell, I thought maybe I might impress them a little with my ball striking and what a EGO deflator. I sure found out what it really looked like when Pros hit the ball.
Even back then their instruction was awesome. I would say and not to sound negative but, their instruction TODAY is way better but, they were still good back then too. It’s that their presentation has improved and the way they show it. I came away that day with a new found love of the game and told the Graves Brothers that they have definitely adopted a new student. I’ve made a commitment to come see them every 6 months for further lessons and have done so.
My second meeting was at Mystic Dune Golf Course where by chance was Moe Norman’s last trip to Florida , and what a great thing that I got to see the master doing what he loves best. Moe made it look so easy and talked while he was doing it. He was having a great time with all of us. Moe was 73 at the time and was hitting the ball 250 to 270 with such purity it was just unreal. By the way, it was very cold that day, somewhere in the low 40s, freezing. This is where also I met 3 great people that deserve a mention because in my eyes I call us the Fab 4. They are Dan Basset ( Doc9 ), Ray Serres ( Razor ), and Fuzzy Briggs ( Fuzz2moe ). We have been friends since, even if we only see each other once a year.
To get back to some of the story I started out as an 18 handicap and now down to a 6 and still improving. I feel the only thing stopping me from scratch is putting ( I bet Tim is smiling right now). I may not be the best ball striker but I can get it around the course good enough. Just like Tim and Todd said “You can be a scratch ball striker but if you putt like a 20 handicap you’ll struggle to score low”. No offense to the 20 handicappers. But I would say a great deal of you 20 handicaps putt better than I do. My average putts per round is about 33 to 36.
To sum it all up the Graves Golf Academy is a class act and Todd and Tim really care about each and every student that comes to see them. They have given us all the tools by way of video, telephone and schools and most of all their undivided attention when we ask for help. Can anyone say they can call Leadbetter or Harmon or some of the other Hollywood instructors on a whim, probably not. So I think we should feel lucky. So, to end my brief story Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Todd and Tim Graves and all the GGA staff . YOU HAVE A CLASS ACT SCHOOL AND AN AWESOME LEARNING REGIMEN. See you at the Moe Memorial.
One last thing; To all of you that I have met because of the Graves Golf Academy have a great upcoming holiday to you and your families.
Thanks to all, Steve Clay
Steve Bedell | Brecksville,Ohio
My name is Steve Bedell and as the stroke play winner of the 2006 Moe Memorial, GravesGolfAcademy has honored me as their next featured alumni.A quick bio: I am 53, married to Susie for 19 years with a son, Stephen, Jr., 15 and daughter, Christine 12. The next several years will bring much anxiety and trepidation as they progress through their teen years, begin driving and mature to young adults. We live in Brecksville, Ohio, a southern suburb of Cleveland. I am part owner with my brother and another friend of a rubber manufacturing company in nearby Stow, celebrating our 21st year in business.
I had played golf since I was a teenager, never taking the game too seriously, never establishing a handicap. In my 20’s, if I didn’t oversleep and miss my tee time, I would take the verbal razzing of my older playing partners as being “nothing more than a 90 golfer.” I broke 80 once or twice, but my score was mostly closer to 90 or above.
As I approached my 50’s I decided that I would take golf more seriously and target qualifying for the USGA Senior Amateur when I turned 50. I didn’t realize for several years that the USGA recognizes a senior at 55 years old, not 50. I established a handicap, took a few Conventional Golf lessons, and joined a group of buddies playing 18 holes most every Saturday and Sunday morning. My handicap dropped (and held) to a 7, breaking 80 every once in awhile. The family would always vacation in Myrtle Beach I had one objective and that was to break 80, and …… I never broke 80! I left Myrtle each summer frustrated. Upon our return from Myrtle in the summer of 2001 I saw the Natural Golf Infomercial on the Golf Channel and ordered the LOBG tapes. I received instruction from the closest NGCI about an hour away in the fall. I took several lessons from him but couldn’t justify spending $75 per hour from someone who couldn’t hit his 9 iron 110 yards. My handicap dropped to about a 5 though so I wasn’t about to give up on the NG swing. I ordered the series of tapes “Fault and Fixes”, “Short Game”, and “Driving for Distance” for Christmas. where I would golf at least 4 times that week.
In the summer of 2002 I decided that I would attend the NG intermediate school that was being held in Cleveland (I believe this is the same school attended by Steve Clay, one of the previous featured alumni). Arriving late(Natural Golf did not inform me that the location had moved from a southern suburb to a northeast suburb) who was the lead instructor but Todd Graves himself–“‘Little Moe” , the main man of my Christmas NG videos and LOBG package. A whole new perspective was presented–the driver as the most important club in your bag, charting wedges, practice A vs. practice B, target orientation, fold-fold for pitch shots, multiple clubs for chipping. Of course, Tim Graves was there and what do you think he discussed–the STATISTICS of the various levels of handicaps. For anyone who has been to a GGA school, you know that these statistics are always followed by Tim’s area of expertise–the SHORT GAME.
My handicap dropped. I entered the USGA Public Links which was being held at my local course, a 36 hole qualifier played in one day. I was brutal, and back to the high 80’s. In the fall, my handicap had dropped below a 3.4 which made me eligible to enter the USGA Mid-Amateur. The 18-hole local qualifier was in Youngstown, Oh. at a Donald Ross course; not long but tight, with greens that were undulated. In my practice round I shot +2, 74–I was ready. At the qualifier the nerves came, and along with them the duck hooks, it was ugly. A smooth 86 or so.
The USGA sends any competitor a letter disallowing future entries if you don’t shoot within 10 strokes of the course rating unless you can give them state or national tournament results where you have performed. I had none since the only tournaments I played were local and did not meet that qualification. In truth, there weren’t many scores that I could give them anyway. Most were 36 hole events and I would shoot a low first round score, then blow up in the second round.
My journey continued. In 2003, GGA announced their Mail-In Video program. I jumped at the chance. Here was a way to get instruction that was pinpointed to my faults and have it on tape so I could review at any time. My handicap reflected it too–ending the year at a 2.1 index. I attended the 2nd Little Moe tournament in February, 2004 and attended the 2 day alumni school the Monday/Tuesday after the tournament. In June I played in the Ohio Senior Open and finished 6thamongst the amateurs, made the cut in the Public Links which had changed to 36 holes over two days with a cut to the low 30% of the field, and finished 5th in the Greater Cleveland Senior Amateur. My handicap reached a low index of .2 during the summer, but foolishly I failed to send in any more videos throughout the summer and my game stagnated, ending the year with a 2.4 index.
In 2005, I purchased the 7 Principles video series GGA released and again attended what was now the Moe Norman Memorial in honor of the greatest ball striker ever. I have found that those last 2-3 strokes are the most difficult to drop and the journey to scratch really never ends.
It is easy to lose focus and get lazy with the fundamentals. This was proved as I finally used the mail-in video program near the end of the year. Here I have been a student for nearly 4 years and Todd’s pointing out how my trail foot is raising up, I was losing my spine angle in order to give my arms room to swing—a key principal of the Moe Norman model violated. I was ticked at myself and have vowed that this year will be different. I will make use of the tools GGA provides each student: Training aids like the Training Club and Impact Bag, Videos such as the 7 Principles of Golf Improvement and The Mind of Moe Norman, the Mail-in Video program, Monthly E-Tips with drills, and the Chat Room forum. I hope to be able to attend a Build Your Game Camp later this year or next spring. I have already started this program over the winter and, based on the Moe Memorial, results are happening. The USGA Senior Amateur is a fall event and I will be eligible in 2007, my goal is within reach.
GravesGolfAcademy provides everything needed for the novice beginner to the more established, experienced golfer. You won’t find harder working, more dedicated, friendlier, conscientious and helpful people within an organization than with GravesGolfAcademy. The Graves Brothers can start you on the path, guide you along the way, and straighten you out when gone astray, but it’s your journey. I’ll conclude by paraphrasing what a senior student at my last GGA school said: “I have taken instruction all over the country from the so called best instructors and believe me, this guy is the absolute best–bar none!” I believe it and hopefully my game will prove it.
Thanks for listening,
Kevin Hughes | Stroudsburg,PA
2008 GGA Alumnus of the Year
As I sit down to write this, it’s a balmy 28 degrees here in northeast Pennsylvania and another golf season has come and gone.
First of all, I can’t express in words what an honor it is to be mentioned on the same page as the guys who came before me here, they’re all pretty accomplished players and all-around great people as well.
My journey began back in 1976, Dad loved to play the game (although he stunk, it got him away from the business that consumed most of his time). On the weekends, we would go out and knock it around an executive course because I couldn’t handle anything regulation. While getting to spend time with him was precious, I couldn’t handle the thought that there was a sport that I couldn’t gain even a semblance of decency at, and I quit playing in my early teens. The game was just too frustrating.
Fast-forward to 2004. I’ve just sold my own business, my oldest son is in high school. The county has a summer rec program where the kids get lessons at a local course, and Scott wants to sign up. You can’t practice without clubs, so I figure I’ll just go to K-mart and pick up a cheap set of rams, so he has clubs if he wants to go hit balls. The clubs take up residence in the garage.
Every day as I go out to the car, I see the clubs sitting there. After 13 years in the bowling business, I’ve gotten pretty good at that, holding pretty close to a scratch bowling average. One sunny summer day, I threw the clubs in the trunk, and headed back to the executive course. I return to the house with ego in pieces, having carded some ungodly number in the 60’s for 9 holes. But, it’s a good diversion, and I continue to go out and contribute to the salary of people unseen who toil in golf ball factories. 20 some years of lay-off have not honed my game in the least. I still do have the skill to be able to hit a ball almost as far right as it goes forward. I really stink, but my expectations are low enough to press onward.
One day, I’m sitting at mom’s house just talking. Dad passed away a few years ago, and I see a box with some natural golf stuff in it. Mom never played, so she let me take it home. I watch the tapes a few times, and back to the course I go. This works pretty well, I can at least hit the random ball straight. I decide to take a lesson, the instructor hit some balls after we’re finished. I can’t help but notice that my instructor doesn’t hit the ball straight. If this Moe guy was so great, and this guy is teaching his method, why can’t HE do what he’s supposed to be teaching me?? Natural Golf has a web discussion board, but almost every thread ends the same – see one of our instructors, or the other ending, buy our clubs or something else from us.
One breath of fresh air there though, a guy named Todd Graves is posting information that seems to make more sense, and he’s not trying to sell me stuff all the time. He just wants to talk about club mechanics. A google search leads me to his website. Seems like ALL his customers are raving about him. This looks like progress.
I mailed in a video to GGA, got some good feedback. Signed up for a camp, went to Orlando, and fought with myself. Just being there wasn’t enough. Hitting a ton of balls wasn’t enough. I wasn’t willing to change, I guess I thought that just being around better players would make me one. It doesn’t work that way. It’s not osmosis.
I’ve been back to school several times, and each year I make more progress. One of the biggest obstacles I face is my own mind. Change is difficult. Getting out of your comfort zone is difficult, even if where you are isn’t where you need to be. Progress involves opening your mind to new things that feel awful, because your mind thinks new is wrong. But every time I go to GGA, another couple pieces fall into place.
From the time I started playing again 6 years ago, I’ve gone from a high 30’s handicap to a 16, completely remade my swing, and advanced to where I feel I can play any course regardless of difficulty. 5 years ago I wouldn’t even consider playing a course that was even remotely tight.
Dad played most of his adult life, and only broke 100 once. One time he was playing in a charity tournament, and his group was SO late getting in, they were contemplating sending out the paramedics, thinking the only reason they were still out there was that someone must have dropped dead. I flirted with 80 several times last year. With this spring’s changes, I know I’ll shoot some 70’s this year. My goal for this year is to get my index down to 13.
You might think that after going to camp a few times, the material might get stale. Not so, every season the GGA guys refine their methods and give you new insights into Moe’s methods. Their instruction keeps getting better, which is remarkable when they were already the best 5 years ago. Their tools (training club for the grip, ABT for setup, alignment and ball position, and DVDs and webinars for those who haven’t been able to get to one of their schools) are all quality stuff and good values.
Above all, these guys REALLY care about their customers. They’re accessible and answer a lot of questions free of charge on their website. The knowmoe site provides a lot of good review and new info on a monthly basis, and again not priced out of reach. The time and effort they have put into their teaching materials and websites really shows.
If you’ve been on the fence about going to a school, get off the fence and go get yourself some game!! If I sound like a raving fan, I AM. I’ve been to 5 of their schools (Chuck laid claim to being the world’s worst golfer, I lay claim to being the world’s worst student) and have never heard anyone say they didn’t get what they paid for.
Since no one is allowed to have a story longer than the good doctor, I’m ending mine now. See ya in the short grass!!