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Golf has often been called a cruel game. Logically speaking, it can be a puzzle that has an elusive solution to it. Sort of like those moving pictures in a frame featured in a Harry Potter movie.
After all there are many who has mastered the game for a time who stated they knew it was only on rent. Getting better sounds easy enough but the devil is in the details. Making it happen is in part what fuels the golf industry. Equipment companies offer solutions through new production introductions that once upon a time were intended to be a plug and play application for everyone regardless of their handicap or skill. Club fitting is the best way to address equipment needs, but candidly not everyone signs up for it.
Meanwhile, any members of the PGA of America would happily offer their services on the lesson tee. The reality is that not too many recreational players actually go down this path. For those that do, it seems that they don’t stay there for very long.
The golf industry is full of training aids, self help tips and more to try to cure whatever ails you. The process itself can be overwhelming. Implementing something new takes time and after all what everyone is really searching for are lower scores. Rarely within the surplus of self help topics the golf industry provides and promotes is there something specifically focused towards finding the lowest score on any given day the weekend warrior can try to accomplish.
Someone is out to change that. Stan Utley knows a thing or two about getting the most out of any given round. You don’t survive on the PGA Tour for over twenty years any other way. He has also cultivated a niche following as an instructor, especially on the short game, specifically on putting. If you want further validation, consider Jay Haas, Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood and Paul McGinley to name a few have asked for his help. He has also helped Dudley Hart who won the PGA Tour comeback award in 2008 after missing most of the year while tending to his ailing wife, who had lung cancer. If these guys think Utley can make them better, why wouldn’t the rest of do the same? Sports Illustrated named Utley “the hottest instructor in golf” offering further validation to his credentials. He also became an author and published The Art of Putting and The Art of the Short Game to share his thoughts on the topic to those he wasn’t able to meet personally.
Utley has turned his attention towards getting the most out of your game, especially on those days it seems impossible. We’ve all been there otherwise there would be a few more knocking on the door of the PGA Tour for a job! According to Utley, improving is just as much about strategy—picking the shot at the right time—as it is about technique.