golferBy Jeff Gilder

I’m a “senior” amateur golfer with a love for good food and beer who hates working out. The combination of those things usually results in the cultivation of a gut. That’s what happened to me. I just don’t like working out any more even though I know I should. I’ve decided to do what I enjoy most. Why not? Life’s too short, and I realize just how short with each birthday. Yep, I even eat my desert first at times.

For a long time I tried to figure out how to work around the gut, then one day I had a revelation of sorts. Somewhere in my past I remembered a teaching pro telling me the key to hitting the ball longer and straighter was a better follow through.  The way to accomplish this was to point another part of my anatomy toward the target on my follow through. Hmmmm. I’ve been trying to swing around my gut and consequently coming across the ball. That’s where I developed that damn slice. It became so bad when I was playing with a good friend of mine one day,  he  proclaimed the next time we played together, he was going to bring a dog to retrieve all my lost balls.

I went to the range and worked on turning my shoulders (and gut) more and guess what..? The slice went away. Yea, It returns on occasion to remind me not to swing so hard. But, I quickly realized by keeping my gut between my arms and turning through contact…pointing my nice gut toward the target actually works. I won’t go so far as to say it looks good…especially when my shirt rides up a little. But nowadays the gut is easier to find than…that other part of my anatomy. Hey, I’m referring to seeing it during my swing. That’s all!

I’m not suggesting amateurs should develop a gut to improve their game. Because truthfully, I’d rather not have mine, but I just can’t stay motivated long enough to get rid of it. Maybe someday, but probably not. I can work hard and loose 10 or 15 pounds, then gain 20 back. I’d take up jogging, but to tell you the truth, I have NEVER seen a runner who looked like he or she was having fun. Rather, they all look like they are in agony  The only comforting thing about my gut is that I know I’m not alone. I see others on the golf course with them…some even nicer than mine. Nor, am I alone with the problems related to trying to swing around a gut.

And ladies, the good news is this tip can work for you too. You just have to concentrate in keeping the girls between your arms and turning your shoulders more on follow through. And if you happen to have a gut, too…well dayum, that’s a huge advantage. FORE!

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