I had a lesson this morning with Julie at Minor Park. I didn’t have anything in particular I wanted to work on but we discovered my wedges and short irons were pulling. I was aiming to the right and turning my shoulders too quick, resulting in a pull 10-15 yards to the left. We fixed my issue with aim. What was left was the fact that I was trying to hit the ball instead of swing the club. It gave me a lot of tension in swing. So Julie had me work on removing the tension in my upper body by focusing it in my legs. I tense up my legs on purpose and that lessens the tension in my arms and shoulders. I also focused on swinging easier. My ball flight straightened out and went much higher. I’m really pleased with the results. It is far from automatic, but I my misses aren’t any worse than before, so it is already better.
I’ll get to test out the changes tomorrow at the AmTour tournament at Falcon Lakes. Wish me luck.
Things look a little different here at patrickemerson.com. My old hosting service came up for renewal a couple of weeks ago and I considered how I was using my websites. In case you hadn’t noticed, my posts have been infrequent. It wasn’t worth the annual fee to retain my old hosting service. I have moved to a new service that is less powerful but cheaper.
I am also changing my approach to my blog. I will post things I want to share and avoid certain topics. I will not talk about politics. The Internet is a political echo chamber. If you have the same ideology as me, none of my posts will be news to you. If you have a different ideology nothing I say will change your mind. And if you are an independent, you probably don’t pay enough attention to politics anyway.
I will not post anything about my family members in show business. They certainly don’t need promotion from me. When Michael got the part on Lost my readership grew considerably, mostly people hoping to get some info that isn’t available otherwise. I was never comfortable with that especially when some of them grew to expect sometime out of me. So no scoops from me and I probably will never mention them again.
My posts will be about other things that are important to me: pop culture and golf. I used to have a website for the Iowa Hawkeyes but I didn’t have the time to commit to doing it well, so it is retired. I will be starting a new site just for golf, talking about equipment, courses and the tour.
I’m not bringing over my historical posts from the old hosting service. This is a fresh start. I will be playing with the design and features for the site over the next few weeks until I find something I like. Stay tuned.