I have played golf ever since I was 25 years old. If you do the math, that means I have endured a certain level of frustration for all of 38 years.
The frustration of consistently poor play.
Over the years I have conquered SOME of my golf demons. But my two biggest bugaboos have stayed with me for a long, long time and threatened to remain with me forever. Those two bugaboos are - an unconquerable inability to strike a ball for good distance and an inability to drive the ball straight with the 'Big Dog'.
Yesterday afternoon I took advantage of a PGA Program which encourages you to make an appointment with a PGA Pro for a free 10 minute lesson, fill out your form after your lesson and send it in to the PGA for a drawing which will award a 3 day golf package and a set of clubs to the winner.
I called a Pro I know a few days ago and set up an appointment for yesterday afternoon, on my way home from work. I know this Pro for a few years, so when I made the appointment I told him there was one thing and one thing only I wanted to work on - that problem with the 'Big Dog'.
To make a long story short - he did, and the results were beautiful.
I'm a left handed person, but I swing rightie. I feel everything with my left side, not good for a right handed swing. He saw what that did to my swing, showed me how to correct what i was doing wrong, and left me with a bucket of balls and the admonition, "Work on it". And I did. And it was beautiful.
I may actually, FINALLY, be able to play a respectable game of golf - because the thing wrong with my swing when on the Tee, cost me DISTANCE as well as that big assed slice I've been fighting all these years. So I'm going to be able to kill two birds with one stone. Accuracy and distance. Those words .... so rare.
I think that now I might actually be a much happier man. Or, at least, a better golfer. And being a better golfer will make me a happier man.
After all, you have to take it where you can find it.