I lastly did it!
After months of arduous work, which included shadow swings on the World Information studio, hitting balls in an empty canine park, dropping a bunch of reduced-distance follow balls and dozens of hours on the driving vary and on programs all through southern Ontario, I hit a golf ball over 300 yards.
In my earlier two periods with Stew Bannatyne from Modern Golf, I hit most likely a dozen balls over 290 yards, however simply stored arising in need of that 300-yard barrier. I used to be anxious I wasn’t going to get there.
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I simply wanted to place every little thing collectively and, as you may see within the video on the high of the publish, I used to be in a position to try this. And my celebration with Stew jogs my memory just a little of the seashore hug in Rocky III between Rocky and Apollo Creed.
I couldn’t have performed it with out Stew and his instruction. There have been many instances the place it felt like I used to be taking a few steps again and really getting worse, however Stew was at all times there with the proper piece of recommendation to get me again on observe.
Since working with Stew, I’ve elevated my high driver distance by virtually 60 yards (from 244 to 302) and my high swing pace from 108 miles per hour to 113 miles per hour.
Within the session the place I hit the 302-yard drive, I most likely hit about 50 driver pictures complete. And my common distance of these 50 was 276 yards and my common swing pace was 111 miles per hour. Each numbers are effectively past what my high effort was initially of the 12 months.
My driver accuracy remains to be fairly inconsistent — I nonetheless have a two-way miss on target, so I don’t carry the motive force out as typically as I ought to. However I’m hitting my three-wood off the tee between 240 and 260, which is sufficient distance for many holes on programs beneath 6,500 yards.
I discussed in final month’s publish that I broke 90 for the first time. I used to be capable of break 90 two extra instances over the previous month! Nevertheless, I additionally had a few rounds within the excessive 90s, as my brief sport remains to be maddeningly inconsistent.
Hopefully, Stew’s placing lesson within the video will assist me out. Talking of Stew, the ultimate episode of the collection will air subsequent month when Stew and I’ve a student-versus-teacher 18-hole showdown at a course but to be decided (I can be getting a stroke a gap).
One in all my high-90s rounds this month was alongside the old-timers’ group I’ve the four-year guess with (details in this Global News story).
I didn’t win any extra beer and, worst of all, I’m compelled to finish this publish with the next message from the group:
“And at last, I need to ship a shout out to the Thursday Leaderboard guys at Saugeen Golf Membership in Port Elgin, Ontario. A few weeks in the past, they confirmed me that I’m not able to play with the massive boys simply but!”
Mike Arsenault is a digital broadcast journalist and a number of ‘World Information Weekend.’
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