John Strege headlines his post, “Paralysis by analysis? Graham DeLaet finds two pages of an amateur’s swing keys during pro-am,” and I recall it was the late and very great Bobby Jones who gave birth to the expression, “Paralysis by analysis”.
Also included in John’s post are photographs of the two pages of notes, one of which contains what’s called an acrostic; something similar to an acronym but with a meaningful message for your memory.
G – Grip club
A – Aim (Square club face to the top)
S – Stance Ball Position
P – Posture (Athletic Stance)
I’m not sure why the ‘G’ is included since it’s a given that you’ve got to grip the club.
As to the ‘A’ there’s another one in the footnotes, “Ass out (Bend from waist)”.
The not so fast part
I suppose that with some practice one could come to grips with the gasping process very quickly but not with the Page 1 process which is headlined “2 Actual swings”
“Slow one piece turn to 11 am,” and then before step 2 there’s the word “Pause” contained within a circle. But no mention of the duration; a very brief pause or something reminiscent of Dr Cary Middlecoff
“Slow transition +Feel Loose Arms + Hands”
“Whip thru the ball”
There’s a reminder wedged between the slow transition and the whipping; “At Top of Swing”
“Hands not Low; Not high,” follows on from memory clips 1 and 2 and more follows however by this time I’m already confused and not prepared to give any more (swing) thought to it.
The question remains
In his quest; I have to assume the notes were written by a man since no woman would do something so daft plus the handwriting was distinctively male, I’m left asking if the man in question intended to discard the notes having realised he was being overly analytical.
Checking my facts about Bobby Jones I discovered that back in February I wrote, “Wrong! A Google search reveals that in The Ultimate Golf Book by Charles McGrath & David McCormick, “The most intriguing of the swing professors was Ernest Jones, a one-legged English World War 1 veteran whose, “swing the club head,” theory and, “paralysis by analysis,” catchphrase sold thousands of books”
Now there’s a thought for the anonymous note taker, “Swing the club head,” and save the paper and the possibility of paralysis by analysis.
Link to John Strege
Quote of the Day
“Whatever I’m working on, I like to keep one swing thought in my head when I’m on the course.” – Adam Scott