** ANSWER TO QUESTION # 2 ** Yes, I know, but we are even, because I don’t agree with them either. I don’t follow the crowds; I do not believe something just because everyone else says it is so. At one time most of the world’s great minds, as well as tradition, and anyone else you could have talked to believed the earth was flat. If I lived at that time I would have disagreed because God said that He sits on the sphere of the world. Guess who would have been right? It was not the crowds; it was the few who were willing to stand up for truth. A good example is how many teaching golf professionals, as well as the crowds believe and teach that when you start your back swing you should pronate or turn the club so that the toe is pointing up. They say that the blade is now in a square position. But if you did the same thing with a putter, they would tell you that your blade was open. This sounds like the earth being flat is still being considered. If something is said enough people will start to believe it and even teach it. You can believe anything you want, but I will not go along with it. The truth is that when you are turning the club to have the toe up you have opened the blade. When taking the club back in a true one-piece move, keeping the blade looking at the ball, you now have a square blade not a closed blade. A closed blade would be if the face of the club were looking inside the ball like in the middle of the ball position and your feet. I could give many more examples but they will all be covered in the future in this section of most frequently asked questions! I heard a well-known Golf Professional say one time that all teachers of the game are saying the same things, just saying them in different ways. But, I say to you that many are saying things in different ways but we are not saying the same things. Some say that having the toe of the club up is square, I say it’s open; some say don’t let your head move, I say let it go back; some say move your ball position back in your stance with higher lofted clubs, I say keep the ball position off the inside of your front foot with everything unless the lie dictates different; some say hit down on the ball to get a divot and spin, I say the divot is not suppose to be behind the ball but get your hands ahead of the ball through impact and the divot and spin will take place; some say getting your hands ahead of the ball will block the shot but I say compression. I could go on and on but I am sure you understand that we are not saying the same things. You may now ask, how do I know whose teaching is right? If I am going to spend the time, money and hard work through lessons, I do not want to be working on the wrong things. This is a very good but hard to answer question. I will do my best to give you some food for thought. First, you want to find a teacher who was at one time a scratch golfer. Next it would be a good thing if the teaching professional golfs the same way that he teaches. He also should be able to reproduce any bad shot that you are making in the same way that you made it. For example, there are many ways to slice a ball. If you are slicing because you are not getting your front shoulder back enough on your back swing making it impossible to swing on an inside out path then the pro should swing with his shoulder short and slice the ball as you did. In this way you can be sure that he really knows what you are doing wrong and how to correct this problem. The teaching professional should also be able to film your swing so you too can see if what he is saying is really happening. Good teachers will not only show you what is wrong in your swing but what is causing it to be wrong. For example, one may show you that on your back swing you have a flying elbow and a cupped wrist. The pro may give you drills and work hard with you trying to get that elbow hanging down and that wrist square only to find out that the cause of the problem was having your head over your front foot on the back swing having a reverse spine angle causing your elbow to be pointing up and the elbow pointing up was the cause of the cupped wrist. The pro should have you change what is causing the problem, not wasting time on correcting the effects of the cause. You want a professional that will be patient with you remembering what he went through in his learning process, and one that really cares if you succeed. If you do not know where to find such a teaching golf professional then come to Dave’s Custom Golf Place and you can find him there.