What A Fool Believes
Indeed. On and off the links..
Happy April Fools' Day all :) "Le Poisson d'avril" en français; whaa.. you don't speak French, or any other languages apart from English? I understand. Pity, though (much like learning a new shot on the golf course) 'tis such a big and broad world full of different tongues - and what a fantastique opportunity right now to learn a different method of human communication!
But back to the fools, and what 'they' believe. Alas, are we not all part of the 'they' at times, and terribly foolish ourselves? Impressionable. Vulnerable. Susceptible. The snake-oil salespeeps for your golf game, and smoother sailing on life's daily sidewalks.
Voyons, alors (let's see, then). Click above on the flying fish + passenger (wow, I knew the airlines were hurting, but really?), and rock a little Doobie Brothers this fine first eve of April. Then, wing on back my way for some ideas and insight on how to cull through the hoaxes, and identify huckstery from genuineness.
"She musters a smile
For his nostalgic tale"
Your golf guide just 'mustering a smile' for all your golf-oriented nostalgic tales - or is she or he actually listening to your stories, feels and requests, without a preset model already in mind?
It's what happens in the CS Remote Coaching offerings: authentic coaching based on your needs, with consistent feedback and clear communication. No hoax here folks; click below for details.
Longing for fresh sports stories? I understand... Author George Plimpton penned a brilliant one for the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated. Some fools (many, actually) believed the tale Plimpton spun, of the young man who could toss a baseball at 168 mph, through his Tibetan mind/body mastery.
Click above for the curious piece on Sidd Finch - #9 in the rankings of the Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time. You'd be foolish not to.
"But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away"
A golfer with no arms? What kind of April Fool's heresy is this you say? None at all, boys & girls...
Tommy McAuliffe lost his arms at his shoulders when he fell across train tracks in front of an oncoming train in 1902. End of his golfing days? Quite the contrary.. McAuliffe is said to have averaged in the low 90's for 18 holes, with a personal best of 85.
Click just north for a fantabulous newsreel report entitled "The Golfer with No Arms," produced by British Pathe in 1932. Shout out to my man J. Hallett for bringing this inspiring golfer to my, and now your, attention.
Love the sound of that crisp wedge shot, did you? Obviously, McAuliffe was not a 'big hitter' per se. Ah... but why not if you absorb the on-line banter of those who claim (alas, more hoaxes - bad information, actually..) that creating speed in the golf swing is all about 'rotating the pelvis and torso + flattening the shaft.'
The arms - if you are so lucky to have them, friends - just 'along for the ride...' Indeed: 'what a fool believes he sees...'
Yet the wisemen of instruction, those who have viewed the golf swing in 3D motion capture specifically - and hence been able to see the inputs of the movement - do have the power to reason with the 'rotate and flatten' fools. Understand that your arms work incredibly hard, especially coming down: lead arm pulling, trail arm acting much like that of a baseball pitcher. Force my friends, not fairy dust.
It's a big part of why our "no excuses" (what, may I ask are yours?) armless golfer didn't hit it a ton. You, however, can add some speed and zest to your swing by holding the club a bit firmer (oh, you have hands as well - such a lucky one you are this April Fool's Day 2020!) and swinging your arms faster, back and through (that's right: back faster as well), all the way to the finish.
My remote coaching programs are now available - still accepting students. Foolish not to take advantage of this opportunity :)
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The development of an optimal practice regime for you, your needs, and your schedule. Ideas and referrals in the equipment domain - those sticks in your bag, and your physical body. A competent, comprehensive and on-going loop for learning, regardless of where you are on the planet.
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“If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.”
- - Welsh proverb
~ CS ~