While the summer of 2019 may not quite have matched up to last year’s heatwave, there have still been enough sunny days to inspire optimism.
It would appear that every time Karl Morris makes the trip north from Manchester to Archerfield, he is greeted by East Lothian sunshine. Last week was no exception.
Karl had travelled up to Scotland’s Golf Coast to join me in filming a video to compliment our latest book, The Lost Art Of Playing Golf. Both of which will be available to purchase later this year, as will a video version of our best selling book, The Lost Art Of Putting.
Accompanied by the expert team of Craig and Michael, videographers for Sports Publications, along with our colleague and student for the video, Oli Morton, we struck gold with the weather.
Working with people who truly know their craft is always a pleasure. So much so, it doesn’t actually feel like work. Working in beautiful surroundings in Scottish sunshine makes the process all the more pleasurable.
With blue skies and exceptionally presented golf courses, the only potential variables were the people in front of the cameras. No pressure there then!
While I don’t imagine Hollywood agents will be knocking on our doors anytime soon, I do believe we created some educational, enjoyable and entertaining content. Our aim is to provide golfers of all standards with a book and video that might encourage them to view golf through a different lens. To offer an alternative viewpoint. If what you are currently working on isn’t providing you with the results you feel you deserve for your efforts, perhaps a change is in order.
The golf coaching industry has traditionally led us to believe that if we make a ‘technically good golf swing’, that will enable us to become better golfers. Unfortunately, years of experience would suggest that isn’t the case. Far from it.
Questioning the status quo might not win us too many friends among the coaching masses but we can live with that. The opportunity to actually speak to, work with and learn from some of the best players in the game, rather than observing and opining from the sidelines, has allowed us to build coaching programmes based on facts rather than opinions.
When Karl and I wrote The Lost Art Of Putting, our initial plan was to put our collective thoughts down on paper. Yes, we actually used notebooks and pens! We then realised that if we couldn’t read our own handwriting, it might be best to transfer our scribblings onto our laptops. Technology can be a wonderful thing.
The success of our first collaboration and the feedback we receive on a daily basis from our students and readers around the world, inspired us to delve deeper into our memory banks and the latest scientific research to write a follow up book. Hence The Lost Art Of Playing Golf.
What has been lost? Artistry, creativity, imagination and dare I say the sheer enjoyment of playing this great game.
Hopefully, if you love the game and it’s true history and the real reasons it is so globally adored, you will join us on our mission to help golfers of the world to connect or reconnect with the game we fell in love with when we experienced our first sweetly struck golf shot.
Golf participation numbers may be in decline in certain parts of the world, however, there are other areas where it is very much on the up. While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do hope we can potentially inspire newcomers to the game and empower existing golfers to enjoy their experiences of the game more than ever before.
To find out why the future of golf is bright, different but bright, explore The Lost Art of Golf website.