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Happy Thanksgiving from Wayne D.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and especially the subscribers to WayneD.com. You don’t know it, but you a big part of what has encouraged me to continue to strive to understand the swing and to come up with better ways to get you to improve. You are also instrumental in keeping me playing and practicing, which makes sense because I have always believed that to truly know what you are talking about when it comes to utilizing a golf swing as opposed to theorizing about one you must not only care about it but you must do it and keep score. Theories tend to go out the window when your heart rate doubles on the first tee and there is out of bounds left and bushes right. You never know if what you are practicing works until you put some heat on it. I know this first hand as my stroke average this year is hovering around 75, but if you catch me at any moment other than when I’m in the middle of a bad round I will tell you that I am “working on it” and am “getting there”. But isn’t that the point? We are all working on it, and since no one is really “there” (well, since the decline of Tiger), then we are all “getting there”. I confess that it has crossed my mind several times when I am over par and not hitting it any good at all that I might enjoy doing other things and that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if I would just give it up and stop competing. But a few IPA’s and a night’s sleep will always reboot me and you will find me either standing in front of a mirror during my morning workout coming up with new ideas to try on the range, or sneaking in a few shots between lessons, at lunch, or at the end of the day. I feel as though I owe it to all of you who use the site to struggle along with you and to report in on my results, although I probably don’t write as much as I should. My core belief is that if Hogan could figure out how to keep hitting the ball great with a broken body then I don’t see why I can’t figure out how to do it as well, especially since I have the chance to practice more now that I am two years removed from my last back surgery. I know that I must figure out a swing that will put less stress on my back, otherwise my performance level will remain poor and my swing will never look or function the way I want it to. I still feel like I have some good golf left in me, even though the past 6 years don’t indicate that. But my knowledge of the game is increasing all the time, and I feel like I have a chance to improve, and as I continue to strive for that I know I can continue to provide you with interesting and helpful content. Every teacher has his or her preferences as far as information and the ways to convey it, and I feel that I have raised my level as I have worked on the site. So, to all of you who read this, keep banging away! My best wishes go out to you, your families and your friends, and I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving.
 
Wayne D.

15 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving from Wayne D.

  1. Charles November 24, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well, Wayne! I recently had a period at the range where I wondered why do I bother with this game? After some reflection, I got over my issues and started discovering the game all over again. I really enjoy the website. I always say I’ve learned more about the swing in the last couple years as a website member than all my previous years of golf put together.

  2. Mark November 24, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Although I live in the UK and we don’t celebrate it I think I am ok to wish everyone on the site Happy Thanksgiving.

    I have only been a member of the site for about 6 months but as Charles says I have learnt more about the golf swing from Wayne in that time than the previous 40 years since I started playing at the age of 10. I did get down to a handicap of 1 but god knows how when I look back at how I used to swing. Now off 4 but it is starting to go back down in the right direction since subscribing to Wanyne’s site.

    I don’t always do it but at least I know now what I should be doing. What I do find frustrating is how you feel you are doing something but when you see yourself on camera yiou still have the same old bad habits but it is definitely getting better.

    Anyway, thanks Wayne for all your brilliant output, keep competing and telling us all about it.

  3. Rea November 24, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    Your site is great and have learned a great deal from your continued thirst to improve !
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. David W November 24, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving to Wayne and family and to all the members. I am thankful for discovering Wayne and this forum as it has helped me improve and accomplish goals that I was about to give up on. The journey’s herein are inspiring and truly touching as we travel together in search of our best. Enjoy!

  5. Tom November 24, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Wayne, you provide understanding and hope in a joyous endeavor that is often plagued by confusion and despair. You have been an excellent golfer for a long time, but you have become a great teacher. For that, I am very thankful.

  6. Wayne November 24, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks guys. Your participation is the lifeblood of the site and I truly appreciate the time you invest.

  7. Mark November 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Eloquent as always Wayne. Mark from UK, where are you from?

  8. Carlo Alberto November 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Great stuff Wayne . I can perfectly relate to what you are saying. I feel I improved as a player ( even though it ‘ s hard to change and sometimes the old bad habits come back ) and I improved a whole lot as a teacher . As you say …I am getting there … or at least a little closer. Happy thanksgiving !

  9. Mark November 24, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Mark, I live in a small county called Leicestershire and play at The Leicestershire Golf Club. I know you are big contributor to the website and have taken an interest in your comments. Today was the 1st contribution I have made but hopefully I will pitch in a bit more in the future! I might even send Wayne a video when I get a bit more confidence. Where do you live?

  10. John November 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Happy thanksgiving to all.

  11. Mark November 25, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Mark, Gloucestershire. We’ll have to get together for a game sometime.

    It’s a little ironic we’ve gatecrashed a Thanksgiving tribute. It’s actually a celebration of kicking us Brit’s out. They can’t get rid of us that easily :)

  12. Mark November 25, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Opps sorry Mark I wrongly assumed you lived in the States, hence my ‘small county called Leicestershire’ comment, thinking you will never have heard of it! Well we are not too far away so as you say we must have a bash and bore each other to death about WayneD’s swing theories! We’ll wait until we have got the sun on our backs.

  13. Mark November 25, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Most Americans are estranged Europeans. Easy mistake to make :)

  14. Phil November 25, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Wayne, and to all my fellow members of the “Wayne D community”. This, for a couple years now, has been one of my “staple” websites that I visit almost every day. I’ve stated this previously, but I’m thankful for the positive spirit and classy decorum of everyone who comes to the site. For this reason it is the only website in which I ever post anything on a forum.

    Like you, I do believe I’m making slow progress. My tournament scoring average did creep down a bit this year so, thanks to your online lessons, I do feel like I’m headed generally in the right direction, any short-term frustrations notwithstanding. I know it’s still a long way out, but I’m very much looking forward to meeting with you down in FL!

  15. John November 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks Wayne. As I have said once before, I simply can’t perform all the good swing components which you advocate but you helped me to understand the tendencies I have in my swing and to work with my limitations. For that I am very grateful. I also admire your consistency and the weight you give to actual facts and evidence. You are not another one of these teachers who is teaching the latest fad.
    As for competing – keep going as long as you enjoy it. I still love to compete, even though I am now giving away 7 years in the Senior Amateur events. I recently lost a state Seniors Championship by 4 shots and came 5th overall and doing things like that keeps me going and forgetting the aches. Just after that, I came back to my home course and missed a 10 footer for 69. Hit every fairway and 15 greens. So you never know when lightning will strike in this game and that’s why you keep going.

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