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Breakfast at Tiffany's

"Timelessly stylish looks" is what legendary French couturier Hubert de Givenchy designed (passing on to the next fashion realm last week), perhaps best typified by Audrey Hepburn's little black dress worn in the 1961 classic film, whose title I borrowed for today's missive.

Damn - if looks could kill, mademoiselle Hepburn... Kinda like worrying about what your swing looks like - instead of how it works.  Or what those #'s on your techy devices spit out whilst standing on perfectly flat surfaces with a bunch of 'do-overs' and zero consequence - compared to what's happening out in the chaotic, random and ever-changing golf park.   

Like Givenchy, your golf ball is more concerned with the timeless requirements of adjusting for, adapting to, and accepting the human and environmental conditions du jour.  Your plug and play devices, and practice regime, address those oh-so important elements?  If not, your golf game might well resemble some thrift store rags, instead of an exquisite black dress.

What to do?  First, click on the stunner above, take a listen and a look, then come back my way for some guidance that will make your golf game a bit more 'fashionable,' shall we say...

"Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day"

The tune won an Academy Award for "Best Original Song."  Composed by Henry Mancini.  Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  Performed above on her windowsill by (the girl of my dreams ;)) Miss Hepburn. 

Wider than a mile - like those driving ranges you practice on.  Easy to get into a groove out there, isn't it?  And feels so good, downright intoxicating: driver after driver, 5-iron after 5-iron, ingraining that new/optimal move, right?  Uh, not quite... 'grooving' patterns on the practice grounds with repetitive ball-whacking will help neither in the transfer of the skill to the playing field, nor in learning that lasts. 

Prefer to spend your precious practice time in styleAvoid grooves (I know, it's counter-intuitive).  Switch clubs often (isn't that what happens on the course?).  Simulate a round of golf (whenever possible).

Need some additional style on the links?  My designer peeps from Nike Golf ventured to Italy not long ago for inspiration, to bring you the collection below (click on J. Day for a peek):

"Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,"

AH with partner-in-crime George Peppard, above.  'Two drifters off to see the world' - like you and all those who stroll off the 1st tee.  You've got your journey from 1-18 all planned, mapped out, and organized, huh?  Then suddenly, quite unexpectedly, a little bump in your road appears: a dicey lie (don't get many of those on an artificial mat, do you?), a bad break (maybe it's just a challenge in disguise...), a long wait ('cause something unforeseen and out of your control in front of you has transpired). 

What's your reaction?  Grumble, complain or whine?  I understand.  Does that help?  I think not... what if you prepped yourself for the inevitability of everything, so those bumps were less bothersome?  Your choice.

Oh, and that 'same rainbow's end' that you and every other golfer are after?  Why, it's getting your golf ball to behave, of course.  And the challenge is finding the way that fits you the best (like Givenchy's dress did Hepburn) to swing the club and play the game - not whatever trendy model is currently in vogue. 

Need some help in the aforementioned?  Shoot me a note to start the conversation: 

Jon Tattersall

And longtime colleague Jon Tattersall can help as well - getting you to hit it better with what you've got - to start with.  Jon will be with me for several days next week, as the keynote speaker at the Oregon Chapter PGA Spring Teaching and Coaching Summit at Royal Oaks CC on March 28, and available at Eugene CC on March 29 & 30 for individual or small group instruction.  Don't miss the opportunity to spend some time with one of the very best in the business.  Let me know if you'd like to partake in any, or all.

Jon's a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, has coached winners on the PGA, LPGA and Tours, NCAA medalists, as well as Ryder Cup winning team members, a Player of the Year, a PGA Tour Vardon Trophy Winner, and an Open Champion.   A rock star, basically.  Yet humble, curious and approachable - what a deal, right?


"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."

- R.I.P. Stephen Hawking



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