Finding inspiration and an extra gear… (musings)

I sense golf is a bit like professional music (or stand up comedy for that matter). The 1% make all the money, while the rest of us will keep trying. Not sure why I wrote that, but I think it is fair to say so.

As I look at my performance in the past month or so.. if I ignore the outliers, I think I am starting to plateau. On Shey, I consistently shoot a bogie round (on a bad day 45). Except the last game, all 18 hole games have been in the 90s. But there is something missing. To get to the next level and sub 90s, I need to find some inspiration or find a new gear to step up to. Continue reading


Are Indians taking up golf?

99.99% of Indian in India have no access to golf.  In a cricket mad country, golf has an image of being too elite and unaffordable.  Though India can boast of being the home of the first golf course outside Great Britian – the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the game in India has achieved precious little.  There are only a few Indian golfers out there with Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal being the most prominent one. Continue reading

how to lose 20 yards in 2 days..

While the golf Interweb is full of how to gain 50 yards in 5 days.. my story is the exact opposite.  In the past 2 days as I work with Leighton to iron out my swing, I have lost about 20 yards!!

Yesterday, we worked on my grip.  The move to a neutral right hand took all the power off my irons.  I am now shooting about 20 yards or less than my regular yardage. Continue reading

Changing my grip.. again

Last year, my game took a big leap when I took my first classes with Chris.  He changed my grip, and all hell broke loose.  It took a good few months to adjust to the new grip.   But the last few months have been relatively ok.  However, bad habits have crept in and I am getting a bit more of a (left) palm grip.

I had my first lesson with Leighton – since I need a fresh set of eyes.  OMG!, Change of coach.  The first thing he has done is change my grip to a more neutral postition.  My left hand seems to be taking it realtively well, but my right hand is fighting the change.  Part of my distance comes from the stronger right hand, so a move to a more neutral grip has killed the distance.  My 6-iron going only about 140yards.

I think I will stick to the neutral grip if it gives me any consistency.  The best video I have seen in the past, has been Luke Donald’s masterclass.  The grip masterclass can be found here, but the whole series is worth it.