Well, summer is upon us. The U.S. Open is history, and there is a ton of golf this season ahead of us.
A certain, well-known "Major Champion" has two wins under his belt, but we all still watch with baited breath as to his " Major March."
Is Jack Nicklaus' record safe or will we see it fall in our lifetime? Webb Simpson had a terrific week at Olympic, but keep in mind he only has two other wins.
There are so many talented young players that many seem to get lost in the depths of worldwide talent out there. Think about players like Charles Howell, Ross Fisher, Boo Weekley, Sergio Garcia, Ryo Ishikawa — the list goes on and on. Where are they?
Who will emerge next? Will we see another truly dominant worldwide force in golf again, or is there just so much talent that parity is the course of golf's future?
The two players who have exchanged the world No. 1 over the last 18 months — Luke Donald and Lee Westwood — have one major between them. That doesn't seem possible. P.S., both No. 1 and No. 2 in the world exited very early from Olympic. Is our ranking system flawed? Should we revisit and refine the process?
On another subject, the PGA Tour has decided to do away with what we knew as tour school, the way a player qualified to play on the PGA Tour. Clearly, the main objective was sponsorship dollars. The question becomes is it best to hold back a young superstar and make him spend a year on a Nationwide Tour before he can set foot on the big stage? What if we had done that with Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus? We would have in fact altered golf history.
I understand change can be good. However, I don't feel the powers to be revere golf history books as much as they do their check books.
TP's Tip of the Week: Golf is a target game, and the ball is placed in general terms at midpoint of the motion. In other words, when the clubhead reaches the ball, the motion is only half over. Players who direct their focus to completing their motion to full finish are swingers. The short, choppy finishes are hitters. I believe swingers last longer.
I like to encourage complete, tension-free motions to full, balanced finishes. I see this thought of completion producing the best results. The ball is simply a midpoint.
Reminder; A great tip when taking a golf lesson or any motor skill instruction — "One inch is a mile." Don't try to overdo or over-try. Golf instruction takes time and repetition. Don't go to extremes. Often slight changes in your physical movement will cause huge changes in your shot patterns.
Tom Patri gives lessons at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, and is at Friar's Head in New York from May-December. Patri is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Visit Patri's website at www.tompatri.com, www.facebook.com/TomPatri or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.