FROM OUR GOLF CORRESPONDENT..
It`s been a while since I caught up with Snopper`s unending battle with the royal and ancient game and when I saw him recently, he showed me this sticker that he had displayed on his fridge. It struck me that it might be something significant so I enquired as to its relevance in his madcap golfing world.
And so the truth came out. You see, despite having `played` golf (I use the word advisedly) for about 40 years, it seems that Snopper had only ever had one proper golf lesson in all that time. No wonder then, that of late he had experienced mounting frustration as his golf shots bore little resemblance to their intended targets. In short, he had become annoyed with himself that he was not `performing` to the standard, albeit rather basic, that he had set for himself.
So he decided that the one lesson from all those decades ago perhaps needed upgrading and he has embarked on a series of lessons with a teaching professional at a local club. To say that it has been a series of revelations for him is something of an understatement. His very first revelation was to discover that he has been holding the club wrong; the second was that he has been standing wrong and the third and latest is that he has been swinging the club wrong too. Apart from that he`s been fine.
It remains to be seen what the rest of the lessons reveal but, at nearly 78, he is at least living proof of the message on the sticker on his fridge, although his contention that he might find himself rising in the rankings might just be a touch too ambitious.