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A natural golfer

I was looking through my Iphone having a clear out of old pics and vids, when I found this one, so I thought I would share it.

http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/adrian_george1/media/IMG_0043_zps5310c824.mp4.html

Ok so now you have seen the swing let me tell you a bit more.

This was taken at the start of September of my mate hitting his 3 wood off the tee as he wanted to see what his swing looked like. I think it looks pretty damn good to be honest. He only started playing 5 months before this video was taken.

Never played in his life and never had a single lesson, he just fancied having a go as quite a few of us play at work and so does his dad (12 handicap). His dad gave him a few pointers like I have and he has watched a few videos on YOUTUBE.

His first handicap of 22 was given after 4 months. Broke 100 for the first time in his 6th round. His best round so far from the yellows (par 71 SSS69) is 83 with an 11 on a par 4. If you take his best front and back 9 together then his best combined round is 76 :eek:. Got him to play off the whites (Par72 SSS 71) one day to see how he handles it as it does play a lot harder and he managed to get round in 84:eek:oo:.

This lad in my eyes has got some serious natural talent.
 
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I hate him. Actually that's not fair and I applaud anyone that has an inherent ability to perform any task or sport to a reasonable ability. Sadly I'm not a natural and everything I've achieved in a sporting environment has come as a result of lessons or coaching, and a lot of practice or training
 

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I'm staying out of this because I'll be one of the hated ones. :mad:

It's interesting though, that my dad was the same (but not quite as good as me) and my brother wasn't naturally sporty. My uncle wasn't particularly naturally gifted either.
I have 2 sons. One of them is the same (but better than me) and the other seems to have no natural aptitude for sport.

So 3 generations of brothers. Each generation has one that picks up sports well and one that has to work at it.
 

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If we were all naturally gifted to play golf we would all play Cat. one. ie natural ability plus coaching and practice. Unfortunate we are not which is why the vast majority are high handicappers.
 

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If we were all naturally gifted to play golf we would all play Cat. one. ie natural ability plus coaching and practice. Unfortunate we are not which is why the vast majority are high handicappers.

I don't think you need natural ability to get a low hc. It helps, but I think you just need time and intelligent practice.
 

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Stance is too narrow... fix that, get him to have his head behind the ball (secondary tilt away from the target) and hands more forwards thru impact and he might be a good player... the longer he plays like that - the more damage he will be doing to his swing.
 

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Stance is too narrow... fix that, get him to have his head behind the ball (secondary tilt away from the target) and hands more forwards thru impact and he might be a good player... the longer he plays like that - the more damage he will be doing to his swing.

Cheers James I will tell him. This natural swing he has just works so well and he is a really consistent striker of the ball. His lack of experience and throwing shots away is costing him. I would not be surprised if he is single figures or very close this time next year. He just has a habit of trying things that end up costing him shots.

He is going to get some lessons over the winter, ready for next year. Does not take Einstein to work out that he is my doubles partner next year....:whistle:
 

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I think the correct term would be a push fade. He hits it with a good smack. 150 yard 8i and knocks his drive about 20 yards behind me.


just looking at his set up, had me thinking hes fading it.


what happened with that actual shot. sounds like he didn't like it with that shout!
 

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just looking at his set up, had me thinking hes fading it.


what happened with that actual shot. sounds like he didn't like it with that shout!

He didn't listen to me.....lol

Dogleg left that is normally a 4i for him to get onto the corner. He decided to go with a 3w and try to follow me over the edge of the driving range to cut the corner. I told to make sure he aims far enough left for his fade and he didn't and as soon as it left his club it was travelling towards a big bunker on the far side of the dogleg.
 

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:rofl:

its funny, it takes a spilt second for a golfer to know exactly whats going to happen. I know the feeling oh so well.
 

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He swings like someone with poor flexibility there is no coil at all. If he starts having lessons all the natural talent might evaporate because at the moment he has something that repeats for him. When you start trying to do as your told the million and 1 swing thoughts happen and you make a hash of it.
 

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If he starts having lessons all the natural talent might evaporate because at the moment he has something that repeats for him. When you start trying to do as your told the million and 1 swing thoughts happen and you make a hash of it.

^^^^ This
Hope it doesnt for his sake BUT , i saw my swing on video , was horrafied how bad it looked , went for lessons to get a nicer swing and hopefully get lower ..Had 3 lessons , game went walkabout for months for the very reason lyden gave above too many thoughts , back with my ugly swing playing ok ..

Got to where i was with no lessons , will work hard on what i have to get lower , if i dont ever get any lower at least il still be enjoying the game with what i have
 

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He swings like someone with poor flexibility there is no coil at all. If he starts having lessons all the natural talent might evaporate because at the moment he has something that repeats for him. When you start trying to do as your told the million and 1 swing thoughts happen and you make a hash of it.

He has good flexibility, he does that insanity training. He just keeps the swing simple and hits it with his arms. He just has a laid back attitude towards golf and does not let himself worry about hitting a bad shot.
 

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I found something similar when rooting through my YouTube account.

The first swing video I ever took of myself.

Video was captured in 2011 (July), after I started playing in the summer of 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUqN8Tt9Jes

It looks nothing like this now :mad:


hope you have not changed it too much. it looks like you could knock wedges all day with that swing. flat yes, consistant contact, absolutely.
 

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hope you have not changed it too much. it looks like you could knock wedges all day with that swing. flat yes, consistant contact, absolutely.

More postural changes to be fair (More relaxed). The swing plane is steeper, but not Furyk steep. Tempo is still the same too.
 
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