Omoluwa unfolds secrets to hitting the ball ‘fat’
Sir Lucky Omoluwa used to be a foremost professional golfer before he became an A-list business tycoon who presently sits atop Pinnacle Communications.
As Resident Pro of the Kaduna Golf Club in those early years, Omoluwa subtly coerced people, especially those in the military to play the game. When he succeeded in bringing in something close to a multitude to the course, a fresh crisis erupted.
Those who wanted to play did not have the equipment to play with. Omoluwa, who at the moment was a member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf Club, quickly rose to the challenge. He simply ordered for 40 Dunlop golf sets so that those who wanted to play could have an unfettered access to the game.
Thereafter, Omoluwa moved deeper into the game. He quickly joined with eminent people to ensure the birth of three golf courses - the one at the Command School in Jaji, the one at the Nigeria Defence Academy and the Minna Golf Club. Then he felt satisfied he has done his bit for the game he holds with high passion.
These days, Sir Lucky will saunter around the fairways of the IBB Golf Club in Abuja and swallow all the freshness of that course and in fact the natural air a well laid course could bring forth. All of a sudden, and indeed out of nowhere, he would show some signs of pains when he sees golfers suffering on the fairways just because they could not imbibe little secrets that make the game such fun.
He is indeed horrified that the simplest thing in golf that is driving it long, is still being fluffed by so many golfers. He moved to correct this by unfolding secrets behind long drives.
Hear him: “It’s so simple to hit a shot fat or long, all you have to do is to catch the ball in the center of the clubface, and it will go far. This is because the center of the face is where maximum energy transfer occurs. The easy way to hit the sweet spot is to “maintain your levels. As you swing to the top of your backswing, your eyes, shoulders and hips must each establish a plane in space. They synchronize and rotate within their own plane, which itself operates inside the larger plane created by your swing.
“If in your downswing you significantly shift any of those three areas off plane, you’ll “lose your level,” which moves the clubhead closer or farther away from your body, leading to mis-hits. The most common ways to lose your levels in the downswing include excessively sliding your hips, dipping either shoulder, or turning your upper body too early. To effectively maintain your level, envision an alignment stick extending through the top of your head and out the bottom of your spine at address.
“Your goal: swing your hips, shoulders, eyes and club around the stick, from start to finish. Practice without a club at first; fold your arms a cross your chest, and simply rotate your shoulders, hips, swings with a club, then full swings. You’ll soon see-and feel -more ball speed off the face, and more metres.”
Sir Lucky Omoluwa