GOLF: THE RIGHT WAY TO SWING

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

If you have ever played golf in St An­drews, Scot­land, you will have un­doubt­edly vis­ited Auchter­lonies Golf Shop in Golf Place. It’s a won­der­ful store in which to browse, small rooms packed with equip­ment, ap­parel and in­ter­est­ing gol ng gifts, and per­fectly sit­u­ated about 100 me­tres from the rst tee of the Old Course. The Auchter­lonies were a fa­mous St An­drews gol ng fam­ily.

When I was last there I got chat­ting to one of the sales­men, a vet­eran golfer, the old­est per­son work­ing in the store, and cer­tainly the most an­i­mated. Be­fore too long he was giv­ing me a golf les­son on the shop oor. He main­tained that the golf swing was ex­actly the same mo­tion a per­son would use when skip­ping a stone across wa­ter. Per­haps I looked scep­ti­cal, be­cause he took me up­stairs to a room where you could swing a club and hit balls into a net. He again demon­strated the move to me, and asked me to copy him and hit balls. I must say the im­age worked.

I was re­minded of that when I read a new E-book ( Golf:The Right way to swing) by KZN pro­fes­sional Richard Lyon, where he ad­vo­cates the same ad­vice on the cover: “If you can skip a stone across a pond . . . you can play much bet­ter golf.” I’ve known Lyon for many years, and he’s al­ways been a per­son with his own de ni­tive view of the game. Some years ago he upped sticks from Jo­han­nes­burg with his wife Ta­nia and moved to Eshowe in Zu­l­u­land, where he was in­volved with the pro­mo­tion of the Eshowe Hills golf es­tate. He now has a web­site called Zero Non­sense Golf (zn­golf.co.za).

Lyon doesn’t al­ways con­form to con­ven­tional think­ing, and that’s what makes this book an in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing read. Plus, it has the po­ten­tial to be very help­ful to the av­er­age golfer. It di ers enor­mously from most in­struc­tion books.Typ­i­cal is this state­ment, “An in­or­di­nate amount of non­sense has been, and con­tin­ues to be, spo­ken and writ­ten about the golf swing – much of which comes from peo­ple who ac­tu­ally be­lieve what they are say­ing.” He con­tends that the golf swing is no more com­pli­cated than run­ning down a ight of stairs.

“If you want to swing like Louis Oosthuizen, this book is not for you,” says Lyon. “If, how­ever, you are look­ing for a swing that pretty much looks af­ter it­self, I can help.”

The E-book is avail­able as a PDF for R90 through www.zn­golf.co.za, and will be avail­able in paper­back later this year for R249. The first eight chap­ters of the book can be viewed free through Lyon’s web­site. – STU­ART McLEAN

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