GOLF: THE RIGHT WAY TO SWING
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