Friday, November 11, 2011


What we have here is a failure to communicate...

Cool Hand Luke

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Some of the things people have said to their golf ball after hitting bad golf shots wouldn't be suitable for this golf  swing instruction article or a golf swing instruction DVD. They were communicating all right and with fervor....however, as in most cases where failure is involved, their anger was misdirected. They were really just yelling at themselves, maybe for learning the wrong golf swing in the first place. Sometimes I'll hear my good friend Jimmy Lynch, in perfect Bay Ridge-ese, saying "you fat bastard"  after hitting a screaming hook. Now he's got the right idea. Many of us, however, would rather take it out on our equipment. We've all seen  broken golf clubs in tee side trash containers. And then there's Luke....

So what's Cool Hand Luke doing in a golf swing instruction article? It's true that communication is important if we are trying to learn something like a golf swing. You've got to try to communicate with your golf pro. But, in the end, the most important one you'll need to communicate with is yourself. How's your current golf swing working out? Want to improve? Can you?

It's not difficult for me to imagine Luke taking golf lessons. Just like he did in the movie, he would have made the lesson his own. For readers who don't play golf, you should know that a golf swing must be executed properly in order to make the golf ball go far and reasonably straight. Without some form of golf instruction to guide you I'm afraid to say that you'll quickly affirm your previous opinion that golf is a stupid game.

Golf Pro

Now Luke, this is the proper golf grip.


Well, boss. This one is a lot more comfortable.

Golf Pro

What's your grip doin' in my golf lesson?


Now - calling it your grip don't make it right, Boss.

Later on there would also be issues with the takeaway, swing path, position at the top of the backswing,  the downswing, position at impact, the follow through and the importance of the correct usage of every one of  his body parts from extremity to extremity. And let's not forget about balance and timing.....

Golf Pro

Any man forgets my grip spends a night in the box. These here lessons you keep with you. Any man forgets his lesson spends a night in the box. Any student talking back spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I'm the Golf Pro. I'm responsible for order here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...


...the box.

Golf Pro 

I hope you ain't going to be a hard case.


[Smiles, shakes head] .

That was the world of golf  swing instruction as we knew it. Until now, that is. We all know how Cool Hand Luke ended. It's for the same reasom the vast majority of us never become Luke, even for a little while.

There are many paths well-traveled that bring us to reasonably satisfactory conclusions. Not everyone will become a scratch golfer but that fact doesn't upset people as much as you'd think. Probably because all of these paths only provide finite results, there's very little potential for unlimited achievement.

Golf Pro

Sorry, Luke. I'm just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that. I don't like it any more than you.


Wish you'd stop bein' so good to me, boss.

Golf Pro

What we got here is... failure to communicate.


Yeah. I guess I gotta find my own way.

It took close to forever but I eventually found my own way. A golf swing so comfortable to do, built on your own chassis, that enables you to perform better than how you're currently doing. Seem improbable? So did eating fifty hard-boiled eggs in an hour.

Luke: I can eat fifty eggs.

Dragline: Nobody can eat fifty eggs.

Society Red: You just said he could eat anything.

Dragline: Did you ever eat fifty eggs?

Luke: Nobody ever eat fifty eggs.

Prisoner: Hey, Babalugats. We got a bet here.

Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.

Loudmouth Steve: Yeah, but in how long?

Luke: A hour.

Society Red: Well, I believe I'll take part of that wager.

Dragline: Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?

Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.

I hope you've enjoyed some memorable quotes that never were in the movie but might have been if it was filmed at a golf course instead of a prison work farm. I also hope that you'll read more of my OVER THE TOP GOLF swing instruction articles, both past and future. Feel free to order my DVD.  Then go out there and shoot a 70!

Also a nice round number.


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Revised 09-03-2012