Valu­able check-up

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

I had my loft and lie an­gles checked re­cently and was amazed by how much they were out com­pared to when I bought them.

I’ve had my clubs for a few years and was fit­ted for them at the time. I play once a week and go to the range once a week. Your clubs take a bit of a bat­ter­ing over the course of a sea­son (es­pe­cially on the mats at the range) and this re­ally af­fects your loft and lies. So I took them to my lo­cal pro­fes­sional, who ad­justed them to suit my swing. What a dif­fer­ence.

If you are hit­ting balls at the range and find cer­tain clubs seem to be go­ing the same dis­tances, this is prob­a­bly the prob­lem. It doesn’t take long, can be done while you wait and will def­i­nitely im­prove your game, es­pe­cially from 150 yards and in. It only costs the price of a cou­ple of rounds of golf and the ben­e­fits are well worth it. Ja­son Bush, via email far­ci­cal sit­u­a­tion if John­son had led by one on com­plet­ing the 18th hole. Stuart Martin, Bar­ba­dos Dustin John­son went on to win the US Open by three shots at Oak­mont that some­times our abil­ity as hu­mans to be bril­liantly co­or­di­nated ev­ery day fails us. Whether a co­me­dian, an au­thor or a jour­nal­ist, some­times the abil­ity to write clever, in­sight­ful prose deserts you.

Sur­geons are known to de­lay op­er­a­tions when they don’t feel quite with it. Some days your fin­gers on your com­puter key­board skip across with­out a mis­take; other days you make clunky stabs at the keys. One day you seem to trip a few times, and then it doesn’t hap­pen again for months.

We can’t swing a club at 100mph+ and get the ex­act co­or­di­na­tion that golf de­mands ev­ery day. Nor can pro­fes­sional golfers. It’s not a weak­ness in the mind of the player, just plain hu­man anatomy. Hamish Reid, Peters­field

Editor’s re­ply:

Hamish, just be­cause some­one is la­belled a ‘choker’ on one oc­ca­sion, it doesn’t mean that’s al­ways the case. Clearly Spi­eth is very strong men­tally, given the fact he’s al­ready a two-time Ma­jor Cham­pion, but he’s not ex­empt from feel­ing pres­sure and, as any pro­fes­sional golfer will tell you, pres­sure can af­fect your de­ci­sion­mak­ing and abil­ity to ex­e­cute shots. Do you gen­uinely be­lieve the sit­u­a­tion had noth­ing to do with his duffed chip on the 12th? His ball barely reached the hazard! Danny Wil­lett was play­ing great golf, and that fa­cil­i­tated pres­sure, which played a signi cant role in what hap­pened. As you say, some­times our abil­ity as hu­mans to be bril­liantly co­or­di­nated es­capes us. Why? A num­ber of fac­tors, but emo­tional strain is a key one. To call it lazy jour­nal­ism is some­what mis­guided.

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