George Bryan Golf Academy
George E. Bryan, III

Before addressing the mystery of distance, a quick PGA Tour Valspar recap.

Terry Chappell, a member at Golden Hills, Andy Faris, a member at Ponderosa, along with David Whittington who graduated Irmo High School and now resides in Summerville, were hosted by Timmy Bryant, another Irmo High graduate who lives on Treasure Island just outside of Tampa.

It was a golf buddy trip to watch my son Wesley play. We played golf at TPC Tampa Bay and Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club while recreating on the Tampa Bay and Treasure Island Beach.

It was quite an occasion and my one big take away was how golf can be a wonderful medium to bring people together.

David, Timmy and Terry’s dad’s, along with the family picture of Tim Krapfel’s family are what lured me to golf. What struck me then is why I still have such admiration and respect for the game, and that is the fact that golf can be a true lifetime form of recreation that all skill levels, ages, or political views can enjoy together.

Notice how I snuck in politics?. Both major parties were represented on this trip and fun prevailed.

Speaking of fun, our buddy group walked every hole with Wesley for this event and while the weather was perfect and the golf course beautiful, it was incredibly difficult. Despite the rigors of high rough, tough targets, and length, Wesley had fun, the most fun occurred on the last 9 holes.

This probably sounds redundant but even though the championship measure is 72 holes, what every player loves is the last nine. That’s what they train, practice and set-up their entire schedule around is the last nine.

After this series is completed, there will be a new one on controlling peak performance in golf. This control is mysterious to most and invisible to others. There are myths and jokes about golf’s elusive or deepest secrets. It’s hogwash though. It is actually very silly and the various ideas in culture create mass chaos which ultimately makes most pursue some complex theorem for performance when actually the real recipe is so simple it is a joke.

But it is and has served as job security and for that I am thankful. My hope for anyone reading is that there is something that can help them in golf.

Wesley plays for fun. He plays well because he plays well at the right time. Timing is the result of a plan. Jerry Bellune wrote a very short and simple article over two decades ago that I used for part of the construct of my business perspective. It was about a man who wanted a house.

I’ll dig up the article and continue with more later.

The diving board is to the diver what a golf club is to the golfer. Just as the board bends then rebounds when the diver imparts pressure with a jump, the golf shaft acts in a similar way. In both cases, the board reacts to the force or pressure exerted by the person. The implements receive the weight and momentum then convert and react with energy added.

So, the backswing is to the golfer what the leap or jump is to the diver. The control of the leap directly influences the reversal force or added energy availability. A small leap onto the board off center is going to cause the board to react differently than a measured leap on center. Just as the diving board offered a variety of performance options, so do golf shafts.

If you were going to be an advanced diver using the springboard, doesn’t it make sense to practice and train on an elastic spring-like surface?

Could practicing on cement, or a surface that has low to no elasticity be of benefit?

For next week’s golf lesson try and find out how a springboard diver trains and be prepared because part of the distance for golf secret is understanding energy flow.

The club shaft is a bit like a diving board and can be an incredible resource if one knows about how it works.