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March 22nd, 2005, 4:47 pm #1

Is this author a Blake disciple?

Book of the month

The 7 laws of the golf swing

Jason Cowley
Sunday October 3, 2004
The Observer

In 1972, Mindy Blake, a former captain of Wentworth golf club, published The Golf Swing of the Future (Souvenir Press), in which he lamented the failure of so many professional players to concentrate sufficiently on their technique. 'To understand golf,' he said, 'you need the kind of mind which is good at mathematics and physics. Golf is purely a matter of technique.'

He remarked on how even the best players hit the ball in different ways from each other and how each had his own eccentricities and inconsistencies of swing. 'The study of the basic technique involved in hitting a golf ball efficiently, cleanly and accurately is still in its infancy.' Quite so.

Blake was a prescient writer and his book is fascinating to read, because today golf has become little more than a game of technique. With the aid of video and specialist coaches, the modern player has evolved a golf swing that has a smooth, bland uniformity. They all hit the ball in the same way. The maverick with his own particular idiosyncratic swing - Eamonn Darcy, say - has largely disappeared.

Nick Bradley has worked closely with David Leadbetter and talented professionals such as Justin Rose. He is a kind of golfing entrepreneur: coach, writer, motivational speaker, sage. This, his first book, offers the best and most imaginative guide to hitting a golf ball that I have ever read. Superbly illustrated and written in precise, epigrammatic sentences, this book offers its seven laws of the golf swing with scientific rigour.

Having read his book, I recently spent a day with Bradley at Mill Ride golf club in Ascot. I am an enthusiastic if occasional golfer: I can hit the ball well with my woods, but have little control over my irons. When I was a boy it was quite the reverse: I could use my irons but not my woods. I have never had a lesson. I hold the club in the way that feels most comfortable to me. What could Bradley do to improve my game in that one afternoon? Could he turn me from a golfer who scrambles to make double bogeys into a respectable 18-handicapper?

When I arrived at the club he asked me to hit some balls with a seven iron. I shanked the first three shots, the fourth skimmed along the ground while the fifth was struck well. He looked at my stiff posture and how I held and swung the club. Within five minutes, I had a new grip; within another 20, I had a new swing. We discussed 'arm alignment, the 'line of fire' and 'perfecting the upper-body pivot'. Then we played some holes.

I parred the first, a demanding five; struck my ball straight into the water at the second; I missed a putt for a birdie on the long par-three third; and then I settled into my old routine of scrambling for double bogeys. But I had enjoyed my day with Bradley and hope, if time and patience allow, that I shall follow, if not all, then at least some of his seven steps. Whether that will lead me back to the golf swing of the future as prophesied by Mindy Blake remains to be seen.

· The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing: Picturing the Perfect Swing by Nick Bradley, with a foreword by Justin Rose, is published by BBC Books at £16.99
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March 22nd, 2005, 9:01 pm #2

and get back to you. I saw the article and congrats for spotting it from a distance.
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March 23rd, 2005, 1:50 am #3

Is this author a Blake disciple?

Book of the month

The 7 laws of the golf swing

Jason Cowley
Sunday October 3, 2004
The Observer

In 1972, Mindy Blake, a former captain of Wentworth golf club, published The Golf Swing of the Future (Souvenir Press), in which he lamented the failure of so many professional players to concentrate sufficiently on their technique. 'To understand golf,' he said, 'you need the kind of mind which is good at mathematics and physics. Golf is purely a matter of technique.'

He remarked on how even the best players hit the ball in different ways from each other and how each had his own eccentricities and inconsistencies of swing. 'The study of the basic technique involved in hitting a golf ball efficiently, cleanly and accurately is still in its infancy.' Quite so.

Blake was a prescient writer and his book is fascinating to read, because today golf has become little more than a game of technique. With the aid of video and specialist coaches, the modern player has evolved a golf swing that has a smooth, bland uniformity. They all hit the ball in the same way. The maverick with his own particular idiosyncratic swing - Eamonn Darcy, say - has largely disappeared.

Nick Bradley has worked closely with David Leadbetter and talented professionals such as Justin Rose. He is a kind of golfing entrepreneur: coach, writer, motivational speaker, sage. This, his first book, offers the best and most imaginative guide to hitting a golf ball that I have ever read. Superbly illustrated and written in precise, epigrammatic sentences, this book offers its seven laws of the golf swing with scientific rigour.

Having read his book, I recently spent a day with Bradley at Mill Ride golf club in Ascot. I am an enthusiastic if occasional golfer: I can hit the ball well with my woods, but have little control over my irons. When I was a boy it was quite the reverse: I could use my irons but not my woods. I have never had a lesson. I hold the club in the way that feels most comfortable to me. What could Bradley do to improve my game in that one afternoon? Could he turn me from a golfer who scrambles to make double bogeys into a respectable 18-handicapper?

When I arrived at the club he asked me to hit some balls with a seven iron. I shanked the first three shots, the fourth skimmed along the ground while the fifth was struck well. He looked at my stiff posture and how I held and swung the club. Within five minutes, I had a new grip; within another 20, I had a new swing. We discussed 'arm alignment, the 'line of fire' and 'perfecting the upper-body pivot'. Then we played some holes.

I parred the first, a demanding five; struck my ball straight into the water at the second; I missed a putt for a birdie on the long par-three third; and then I settled into my old routine of scrambling for double bogeys. But I had enjoyed my day with Bradley and hope, if time and patience allow, that I shall follow, if not all, then at least some of his seven steps. Whether that will lead me back to the golf swing of the future as prophesied by Mindy Blake remains to be seen.

· The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing: Picturing the Perfect Swing by Nick Bradley, with a foreword by Justin Rose, is published by BBC Books at £16.99
Richard has said his wife accuses him of playing 'boring' golf--down the fairway and on the green hole after hole after hole. I'd say his swing qualifies as 'smooth, bland uniformity', like the modern swing that the book reviewer, Jason Cowley, complains about. Ironically, if Mindy's swing were adopted more generally and there were Blakeites everywhere, there might be a clamor against 'smooth, bland uniformity'. Well, smooth anyway--the Blake swing is certainly not bland but a thing of beauty and grace when properly executed. Richard's and Julian's swings are a pleasure to watch. If everyone could hit the ball down the fairway and on the green with boring regularity golf would be so....so....boring. Hmmm. Golf is fun only if one hits most shots into the rough, a lake or a bunker? I'd rather be bored like Richard and Julian.

Actually, if as a result of universal adoption of the Blake swing (1) straightness and (2) consistent length became truly routine for ordinary golfers, instead of making golf courses longer, course architects would have to make them narrower and more difficult. Courses would be more like U.S. Open courses. The game would be played by ordinary golfers as it was intended--with precision, skill and intelligence. Mastering the reflex swing is a demanding, long-term task. However, if instruction in it were being offered universally, equally as available as conventional instruction, I think level of play really would be higher everywhere.

The reviewer hooked me with the phrase 'scientific rigour' (Brit. sp.), and makes it seem like a good read so I will buy a copy. My search indicated it won't be published in the U.S. until August 05 but is available now through abebooks.co.uk for about $30 including shipping. SD
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March 26th, 2005, 3:39 am #4

view. Wouldn't this be best to promote Blake's method?

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March 28th, 2005, 12:03 am #5

Why don't give us a link to a video of your swing? I will post the link in the forum header.

Cheers,bdog
Regards,
Bob
Lexington, Ky.
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March 28th, 2005, 12:42 am #6

<embed src="http://www.neptune.com/users/coachz/vid ... 234055.wmv" autostart="true">Julian Zabielski
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Eternal Life


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March 28th, 2005, 1:49 am #7

Why don't give us a link to a video of your swing? I will post the link in the forum header.

Cheers,bdog
Richards on here without/ having to pay for it!!!!
That sounds fair!!

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March 28th, 2005, 2:08 am #8

I don't have your video anymore. Plus, I don't have the skills to post a video here;perhaps you do? Thanks,bdog
Regards,
Bob
Lexington, Ky.
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March 28th, 2005, 2:13 am #9

.<embed src="http://www.neptune.com/users/coachz/vid ... 234055.wmv" autostart="true">

Julian Zabielski

<a href="<a href="http://www.learnskullandbones.com</a" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://www.learnskullandbones.com</a" target="_new" rel="nofollow">[url=http://www.learnskullandbones.com</a</a>&gt]http://www.learnskullandbones.com</a[/url]&gt</a>;
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March 28th, 2005, 2:17 am #10

I don't have your video anymore. Plus, I don't have the skills to post a video here;perhaps you do? Thanks,bdog
<embed src="http://www.neptune.com/users/coachz/vid ... 234055.wmv" autostart="true">
Julian Zabielski
[url=http://www.learnskullandbones.com&gt]http://www.learnskullandbones.com&gt[/url];
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March 28th, 2005, 2:41 am #11

that is not good!!!! but I seem to hit the ball well
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March 28th, 2005, 2:59 am #12

<embed src="http://www.neptune.com/users/coachz/vid ... 234055.wmv" autostart="true">
Julian Zabielski
[url=http://www.learnskullandbones.com&gt]http://www.learnskullandbones.com&gt[/url];
Please check your message, it doesn't work on my end. Check the URL in the link you posted.
Thanks,bdog
Regards,
Bob
Lexington, Ky.
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March 28th, 2005, 3:07 am #13

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Julian Zabielski

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PH. # 281-659-9360
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March 28th, 2005, 3:12 am #14

Thanks,bdog
Regards,
Bob
Lexington, Ky.
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March 28th, 2005, 3:18 am #15

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