Well my season is coming to an end up here on Eastern Long Island soon. After a bit of R & R in the Keys I'll be back, recharged and ready to rock 'n roll at The Quarry on Dec. 1.
I'm looking forward to getting back home to Naples. This will mark my 12th season in Southwest Florida its hard to believe it's been a dozen years already! It will be good to see so many of you who have become not only students of mine, but dear friends.
On a separate note, is this kid Rory McIlroy special or what?
We have really been blessed in the last 20-plus years watching not only some outstanding golf being played by wonderfully talented players, but some incredible history not to mention some crazy storylines playing out.
It has been a wonderful era in golf.
Golfers such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Retief Goosen, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, plus so many more — I could not mention them all. So many characters as well.
The birth of Woods, the death of Seve, some crazy cups both Ryder and Presidents, some exciting majors like Rocco Mediate and Tiger at Torrey Pines, as well as some heartbreaks like Scott this summer at The Open.
Arnold Palmer's birthday this past week caught my attention, as did a young American amateur female — 15-year-old Lydia Ko — this past month becoming the youngest ever to win a ladies professional event! What a time span!
Golf is very healthy with excitement worldwide these days. To be a really informed fan, your eyes have to be wide open across the globe, or almost weekly you'll be saying "Where did he (or she) come from?"
The fact is the talent pool is deeper than ever. This in itself makes being a golf fan in these times oh so much fun.
The next few weeks are a Tour Championship, a FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup. Hold on tight, here goes! I wonder if that Rory kid and that Tiger guy will be factors?!
See y'all soon in Naples.
TP’s Tip: Students often say, “Well, I saw that out-of-bounds right and hit my ball dead left, and I was scared of the lake on the left and pushed my drive dead right.” I’ll answer by saying, “When you drive down the highway at 65-70 mph, do you look at the guardrail or do you look at the road? Make a mistake on the road and you die, make a mistake on the golf course, you may at worst lose a shot or a ball.”
Keep your emotions in perspective and play golf without fear.
Your focus has to be on what you want, not what you don’t want. If I say to you, “Whatever you do, don’t think about your left big toe,” what do you think about? Exactly. On each and every golf shot you prepare to hit, simply tell yourself exactly what you’re aiming at — nothing else.
Tom Patri gives lessons at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, and is at Friar's Head in New York from May-December. Patri is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Visit Patri's website at www.tompatri.com, www.facebook.com/TomPatri or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.