I've just received the latest edition of Ken's excellent Men's Golf newsletter where he quotes John Garrity's Top Ten In Golf Fiction from his book, Golf List Mania.
How the Swing Reflects the Soul
Taking in hand my copy of Michael's book which I hadn't read in some years and reacquainting with Shivas Irons the Scottish golf pro. I searched for Michael's, "New Age mumbo-jumbo," and yes I could see why some would call it so, especially when they read, "How the Swing Reflects the Soul." A rather New Agey expression in keeping with something we may have read in The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Shivas Irons reminds us, "Ye see, the basis for a change in the way a person plays the game must be laid in his entire life…ye bring yer entire past into every shot. It's all written there in yer bones and muscles and nerves. Ye take a man who aye looks down the fairway before he's e'en turned into the ball, why I'll show ye how he does it in everything else if life."
Of Hogan and "True Gravity"
"There are other terms in Shivas's private vocabulary which are roughly synonymous with " true gravity." For example "feeling force," "heart power," and the Sanskrit philosophical word chit, which is sometimes translated as "consciousness force."
It may be called New Agey however the following passage relates to the historic Hogan and Fleck 1955 U.S. Open. As seen through the eyes of Shivas.
"Many players have a natural sense of their inner body and true gravity…He said that Hogan was centred in the "fourth and sixth chakras," psychic centers near the heart and between the eyes. He emanated a presence that could felt by any sensitive observer…"
"Almost like a monk," said Shivas.
New Agey perhaps but go find better words to describe Ben Hogan's intensity, dedication and devotion to practice.
"The greatest breakthrough, Shivas said, was taking your own sweet time to reach the goal, be it par or enlightenment, working all the while with the attitude that any sudden opening comes like Grace, that is given when the time is ripe and not before."
Here's the link on Amazon to Golf In The Kingdom
Quote of the Day
"Golf is first a game of seeing and feeling. It can you the stillness of mind and sensitivity to the textures of wind and green." - Michael Murphy