Monday, February 8, 2010


I have never met David Leadbetter but I can guarantee he couldn’t pull off that hotel corridor shot again for any money. Name your odds.

Are you thinking of taking lessons from Dave or perhaps buying one of Dave’s golf instruction aids? Feel like you’re ready? To take that hyper-leap from “decent golfer” to a land where only scratch golfers roam? The place where your pants and shirt need to be smartly pressed at all times? The holy hell where everyone you know is looking for strokes?

Write to my blog at to let us know how it all worked out. Oh, the humanity!

Doubtless, and I say this in all seriousness, there will be success stories. Chances are, and I also say this in all sincerity, you won’t be one of them. As a matter of fact, if you ask your pro, and I’m assuming Dave will agree, over 80% of golfers have the dreaded over the top swing. Furthermore (a word I never use but promise to in the future) they will tell you that without lessons and constant practice, YOU always will.

Getting back to Dave’s success stories, what a thrill to return from a trip to the Leadbetter Academy or the Haney Ranch or the Harmon Arms (I don’t actually know the proper names of any of these places) with a new arsenal of weapons to unleash against your fellow members and anyone who stands in your way at tournament time. Oops, there I go using second party. By “you” I’m not referring to YOU. Let’s acknowledge that these triumphs will be happening to someone else, not YOU.

In case you are wondering whether Frankie C from Over The Top Golf here in St. Lucie County could produce similar results given really, really talented players to work with, my answer is that I don’t know. Maybe I could but what’s germane to this article is that those guys already have and must be respected as great teachers. They are where you go if you’re already very good but would like to be great.

But if your aspirations are not as lofty and your goals remain within what you’re capable of doing you might want to consider other options. Remember my earlier reference to lessons and constant practice? That’s ground zero in making this decision. Dave, Hank, Butch and the rest of the professional golf-swing teaching world will recognize your lack of ability within seconds, possibly even as sooner. Still, they will attempt to instruct you as if your next stop will be a mini tour or the qualifier for a local senior event. You’ll come home, pull off some impressive shots for a while, and then because you don’t practice and/or keep up with your lessons it will all disappear only to be replaced by confusion.

What you need is what I needed. A method that optimizes your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. Since there wasn’t anything out there I went ahead and created it, thank you very much. Over The Top Golf is perfect for YOU simply because you are probably like me. You want to have confidence standing over the ball. You want straight shots and you want them to go farther. And you want a golf swing that you can adjust and fix yourself when necessary. It’s your own swing plus five easy set-up changes. Not rocket science and definitely not what you’ll learn from Dave. But maybe it’s just what YOU need to be the best YOU can be.


Keywords for this article: golf, swing, over the top, lesson, instruction, eBook, Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, golf instruction, golf swing, Hank Haney, scratch golfer, the dreaded over the top swing
Revised 09-03-2012