I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of sifting through this years seemingly endless political campaign rhetoric and listening to all the prep-rally type speeches. Although the issues are clear, the solutions are not. Each party spins the issues and solutions to suit their own means. There is no way of knowing what is the truth and what is not. Most of the campaign speeches I have listened to so far have contained little substance. What I finally decided to do was to consider what I think are facts about any candidate running for president. Then choose the 3 or 4 issues that are the most important to me and listen closely to what the candidates have to say about them during the upcoming debates.
Things to consider:
1. People that run for president are rich and require a exorbitant amount of money to run a campaign.
2. Nowadays, any large business is run on a Global scale if it wants to survive. A candidate with global investments and interests should not be an issue and just takes away from the real issues at hand.
2. Those that provide campaign money and lobbyists have more influence on the candidates than you or I do.
3. Neither candidate can relate to the middle class or the poor no matter what they say.
4. A person of middle class or poor will likely never be able to run for president.
5. Most campaign promises cannot be kept without debate and approval of the Congress.
6. Candidates will never go against what people are fans of or believe in the most. For instance, during the GOP convention Clint Eastwood did more than a pretty good job of slamming president Obama. Yet, the very next day Obama came out and said how much he liked Eastwood. He obviously was not going to take a chance on loosing votes from Eastwood fans.
7. Candidates with tell you what you want to hear about the top issues and then tell you why the other candidate can’t solve them.
8. Politics and religion do not mix and do not belong in a political campaign. I would be happy to give my reasons if anyone is interested.
Keeping the above in mind, and the fact that I am a senior, the most important issues to me are the deficit, Social Security and health care. Those are the issues I will be paying attention to during the debates. The issues that interest you may be different. Choose the ones that are most important to you, pay close attention to what the candidates have to say about them and forget all the rest of the rhetoric.
As I was watching the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida this weekend I noticed that many players were gripping down on their clubs. They gripped down on everything from wedge to driver. I thought that there must be a good reason for them to do this or they wouldn’t be doing it. I did a search on Google and was surprised at the number of articles that it returned on this very subject. In the nutshell there are two positive ideas that you might convince you to grip down on a golf club. The first has to do with psychology and the second has to do with physics.
Years a ago when metal headed drivers came out they were tested against wood headed drivers. Astonishingly, they went the same distance. On the other hand, the metal head drivers were much more forgiving. This allowed golfers to swing harder and faster creating more distance with straighter shots. Gripping down on a club makes the club shorter and as we all know shorter clubs are easier to hit. So, having more confidence with a better outcome may be one reason to start gripping down on the club.
Gripping down gives you more control. It is easier to make solid dead-center contact. All research continues to show that the single best way to gain yards is to hit the ball in the center of the face. A miss of just one half-inch can cost you 7-9% of your distance. There are not many golfers I know that would rather hit a longer rather than a shorter club into the green. The only thing that makes the higher number clubs more accurate is that they are easier to master at their shorter length. Again, better control and solid contact allows you to swing a little faster so that you don’t have to sacrifice distance.
The Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass required distance and control. Those that were able to do that were more successful. I believe that gripping down had something to do with it. I am going to try it next time out. Please let me know if you do and how it worked out for you.
Following are a few more ideas on improving your performance on the golf course. Part one of this series can be found here.
Forget about bad shots – Accept the outcome of a bad or imperfect shot and then forget about it. Don’t try to figure out what you did wrong. Especially, if you are otherwise playing good. Instead, use the time before your next shot to focus on what you are going to do next. Use your time on the course productively and your performance will improve.
Improvements usually come in small steps – Don’t always use your score as the only measure of improvement. One round may consist of all bogeys and double bogeys resulting in a certain score. The next round may consist of some pars, bogeys and maybe one or two really bad holes that results in a similar score. Although the resulting score is similar, the fact that several pars were made shows improvement. It also shows that what needs to be worked on is consistency. This takes time, patience and a lot of practice. Strive to make one more good shot or putt then you did in your last round and you will show steady improvement.
Keep your cool – Here I am going to refer you to the two part series that I posted on improving your golf score by improving your mental attitude. Part 1. Part 2.
Find your rhythm – What I am referring to here is the rhythm of your pre-shot routine. By developing a constant rhythm in your pre-shot routine, you will inadvertently develop a good rhythm for your swing. If your round is deteriorating and you see that your pre-shot routine has changed (it usually speeds up) take steps to get it back in order and your swing will improve.
Make a mental checklist – Unless you are a professional it is almost impossible to correct a problem with your swing on the golf course. Make a mental checklist of areas that need work and put emphasis on those things the next time you are on the practice range. Mental checklists give you a frame of reference and clarity of purpose for improvement.