Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuning out the noise!

Tuning grandpa's radio, in the kitchen of the old farm house in Perry, Iowa, was more a matter of tuning out the noise than tuning in the music or commodities market place report. While some music might be heard, the accompanying noise made enjoying the program aggravating.

The mind can only focus on one thing at a time. More than one thing . . . and the heart beats faster, the palms sweat, circuit breakers snap, and smoke puffs from the ears and nostrils.

Tuning in the golf swing is impossible if there is too much noise. Too many tips, too much to think about, performance anxiety, impending doom and embarrassment, the golf ball . . . are all deadly enemies of the effective golf swing. Did you notice the very powerful adjective EEEEFFFFFECTIVE golf swing?

Tune out the noise and listen to the music in your golf swing, the rhythm/tempo, the smooth power, the marvel of fluidity, and the "thoughtless" beautiful cascading waterfall and artistic presentation of a 2 second phenomenon.

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Golf Instructor

Hi there Jim. I'm emailing from down under to let you know that I "Fired da Bum" and guess who that is. Yes it is me. You see, I have been studying the golf swing for over 20 years and also became an accredited coach through the World Golf Teachers Federation completing a Masters a couple of years ago. I've been teaching with lots of success on a part-time basis and my objective is to finish off my working life teaching full-time. Always keen to learn new approaches/ideas etc.

I've studied Harmon, Hogan, Leadbetter etc. etc. and have also tried to apply a number theories to my own game with some success, but not the consistency that is required to play at a high level. Because I have a passion for teaching I found your website back in 2005 and it struck a cord with me at the time so I bought your DVD. I must admit that when I first looked at it I thought "oh this is just another theory on the golf swing and I can come up with my own answers" - Wrong!!!!

I played to a handicap of 3 going back a few years ago based on my own style and understanding of the various components of the game. So you can see that I have the confidence to take my game to the next level if I can just find the answers. However, over recent times my game has been going backwards. More than likely because, as you advocate, my brain is saturated with so many swing thoughts that I'm not swinging freely.

Out of frustration I thought I would dig out your DVD and take another look at it. To my surprise I suddenly understood/clicked with your philosophies on the golf swing. Probably because I'm a lot wiser now after teaching full time for 8 months at a 5 star resort in Nth Queensland. Anyway, I decided to give your drills a go. My classic problem was a slice and I always thought that my swing plane played a major role in this but I now understand the role that the hands play is the prime determinant leading to an open club face at impact.

I have only been practicing your methods for a week and Jim I cheated today and went out on the course for 9 holes. Apologies, but my excuse is that the weather was too good not to be on the golf course. Anyway, I applied your swing thought methods, just let the ball get in the way and comfortably played each hole to come in one under the card. I know that this was not just a lucky day out because I hit every fairway and green in regulation. I haven't done that for years. My thanks to you.

You can bet that I will be sticking with it and also passing it onto my students. If you are ever looking at starting a school in my neck of the woods I'd love to talk with you about any business opportunities. I'll keep you informed as to my progress. I'm excited about getting to the best level I can achieve and I'm sure that this will happen if I stick with your methods.

I have no hesitation in recommending them to any seasoned players or newcomers -just trust it and it will happen!!

Des Heffernan ( Accredited Golf Teacher - Australian Golf Teachers Federation, Adelaide - South Australia )

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Understanding Golf

Submitted by one of my students:

ONLY A TRUE GOLFER WILL UNDERSTAND THIS : Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it. Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. If you're afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there..

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents' luck. It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt. For a 10. Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts It's not a gimme if you're still away. The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three. When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again. Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard. To calculate the speed of a player's downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; i.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. Hazards attract; fairways repel. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are....that's why I get so many calls to play with friends.

If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life. Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week. It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse). It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don't get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing Brain Surgery !!!!

Jim McLellan

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Golfer's Crying Towel!

Our pro shop consisted of a concrete block structure built on a slab at the site of an old city dump. This modest primitive structure housed a U-shaped counter designed to sell buckets of balls for our driving range customers. A medium bucket was 50 cents, large was 75 cents, and extra large was 1 dollar. (My Dad was a great salesman. Notice the absence of a small bucket). Additionally, we sold tickets to play our par 3 course. On one wall there were usually 2 or 3 sets of clubs for sale, (I remember selling about one set per month, if we were lucky), a small snack bar and a few tables...which were never all full at the same time.

The West windows provided a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains from Pikes' Peak to Mt. Evans to Long's Peak and several other 14,000 ft+ peaks. Many were snow capped year 'round including days when Summer temps reached 100 in the city . . . less than a two hour drive away.

Unfortunately, one of the rituals we were forced to endure was being the recipient of horror stories from golfers who had just completed their rounds. Many had to describe every shot from the first T to the last putt! They informed us that the more they read about golf and the more lessons they took the worse they did. I heard these stories for years. Some readers wonder why I'm the outspoken Anti-Pro. I will guarantee if they had my background experience they would feel the same or more so.

My Mom was a tough Irish lady & had very little tolerance for whiners. After about 2 seconds of some golfer's moaning my Mom would throw them the crying towel and say "Tell your troubles to Jesus, the Chaplin's gone a shore!" You would have liked her.

Jim McLellan

The Anti-Pro/The Maverick

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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Emperor's New Clothes

Perhaps you will spot some similarities between this prophetic story and today's golf instruction. Mr. Andersen's story may also apply to our upcoming presidental election.

The Emperor's New Clothes
by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75)adapted by Stephen Corrin in Stories for Seven-Year-Olds. London 1964

Many years ago there lived an Emperor who was so exceedingly fond of fine new clothes that he spent vast sums of money on dress. To him clothes meant more than anything else in the world. He took no interest in his army, nor did he care to go to the theatre, or to drive about in his state coach, unless it was to display his new clothes. He had different robes for every single hour of the day.

In the great city where he lived life was gay and strangers were always coming and going. Everyone knew about the Emperor's passion for clothes.

Now one fine day two swindlers, calling themselves weavers, arrived. They declared that they could make the most magnificent cloth that one could imagine; cloth of most beautiful colours and elaborate patterns. Not only was the material so beautiful, but the clothes made from it had the special power of being invisible to everyone who was stupid or not fit. for his post.
"What a splendid idea," thought the Emperor. "What useful clothes to have. If I had such a suit of clothes I could know at once which of my people is stupid or unfit for his post."

So the Emperor gave the swindlers large sums of money and the two weavers set up their looms in the palace. They demanded the finest thread of the best silk and the finest gold and they pretended to work at their looms. But they put nothing on the looms. The frames stood empty. The silk and gold thread they stuffed into their bags. So they sat pretending to weave, and continued to work at the empty loom till late into the night. Night after night they went home with their money and their bags full of the finest silk and gold thread. Day after day they pretended to work.

Now the Emperor was eager to know how much of the cloth was finished, and would have loved to see for himself. He was, however, somewhat uneasy. "Suppose," he thought secretly, "suppose I am unable to see the cloth. That would mean I am either stupid or unfit for my post. That cannot be," he thought, but all the same he decided to send for his faithful old minister to go and see. "He will best be able to see how the cloth looks. He is far from stupid and splendid at his work."

So the faithful old minister went into the hall where the two weavers sat beside the empty looms pretending to work with all their might. The Emperor's minister opened his eyes wide. "Upon my life!" he thought. "I see nothing at all, nothing." But he did not say so. The two swindlers begged him to come nearer and asked him how he liked it. "Are not the colors exquisite, and see how intricate are the patterns," they said. The poor old minister stared and stared. Still he could see nothing, for there was nothing. But he did not dare to say he saw nothing. "Nobody must find out,"' thought he. "I must never confess that I could not see the stuff."
"Well," said one of the rascals. "You do not say whether it pleases you."
"Oh, it is beautiful-most excellent, to be sure. Such a beautiful design, such exquisite colors. I shall tell the Emperor how enchanted) I am with the cloth."
"We are very glad to hear that," said the weavers, and they started to describe the colors and patterns in great detail. The old minister listened very carefully so that he could repeat the description to the Emperor. They also demanded more money and more gold thread, saying that they needed it to finish the cloth. But, of course, they put all they were given into their bags and pockets and kept on working at their empty looms.

Soon after this the Emperor sent another official to see how the men were ,getting on and to ask whether the cloth would soon be ready. Exactly the same happened with him as with the minister. He stood and stared, but as there was nothing to be seen, he could see nothing.
"Is not the material beautiful?" said the swindlers, and again they talked of 'the patterns and the exquisite colors. "Stupid I certainly am not," thought the official. "Then I must be unfit for my post. But nobody shall know that I could not see the material." Then he praised the material he did not see and declared that he was delighted with the colors and the marvelous patterns.
To the Emperor he said when he returned, "The cloth the weavers are preparing is truly magnificent."

Everybody in the city had heard of the secret cloth and were talking about the splendid material.
And now the Emperor was curious to see the costly stuff for himself while it was still upon the looms. Accompanied by a number of selected ministers, among whom were the two poor ministers who had already been before, the Emperor went to the weavers. There they sat in front of the empty looms, weaving more diligently than ever, yet without a single thread upon the looms.
"Is not the cloth magnificent?" said the two ministers. "See here, the splendid pattern, the glorious colors." Each pointed to the empty loom. Each thought that the other could see the material.
"What can this mean?" said the Emperor to himself. "This is terrible. Am I so stupid? Am I not fit to be Emperor? This is disastrous," he thought. But aloud he said, "Oh, the cloth is perfectly wonderful. It has a splendid pattern and such charming colors." And he nodded his approval and smiled appreciatively and stared at the empty looms. He would not, he could not, admit he saw nothing, when his two ministers had praised the material so highly. And all his men looked and looked at the empty looms. Not one of them saw anything there at all. Nevertheless, they all said, "Oh, the cloth is magnificent."
They advised the Emperor to have some new clothes made from this splendid material to wear in the great procession the following day.
"Magnificent." "Excellent." "Exquisite," went from mouth to mouth and everyone was pleased. Each of the swindlers was given a decoration to wear in his button-hole and the title of "Knight of the Loom".

The rascals sat up all that night and worked, burning more than sixteen candles, so that everyone could see how busy they were making the suit of clothes ready for the procession. Each of them had a great big pair of scissors and they cut in the air, pretending to cut the cloth with them, and sewed with needles without any thread.

There was great excitement in the palace and the Emperor's clothes were the talk of the town. At last the weavers declared that the clothes were ready. Then the Emperor, with the most distinguished gentlemen of the court, came to the weavers. Each of the swindlers lifted up an arm as if he were holding something. "Here are Your Majesty's trousers," said one. "This is Your Majesty's mantle," said the other. "The whole suit is as light as a spider's web. Why, you might almost feel as if you had nothing on, but that is just the beauty of it."
"Magnificent," cried the ministers, but they could see nothing at all. Indeed there was nothing to be seen.
"Now if Your Imperial Majesty would graciously consent to take off your clothes," said the weavers, "we could fit on the new ones." So the Emperor laid aside his clothes and the swindlers pretended to help him piece by piece into the new ones they were supposed to have made.
The Emperor turned from side to side in front of the long glass as if admiring himself.
"How well they fit. How splendid Your Majesty's robes look: What gorgeous colors!" they all said.
"The canopy which is to be held over Your Majesty in the procession is waiting," announced the Lord High Chamberlain.
"I am quite ready," announced the Emperor, and he looked at himself again in the mirror, turning from side to side as if carefully examining his handsome attire.
The courtiers who were to carry the train felt about on the ground pretending to lift it: they walked on solemnly pretending to be carrying it. Nothing would have persuaded them to admit they could not see the clothes, for fear they would be thought stupid or unfit for their posts.
And so the Emperor set off under the high canopy, at the head of the great procession. It was a great success. All the people standing by and at the windows cheered and cried, "Oh, how splendid are the Emperor's new clothes. What a magnificent train! How well the clothes fit!" No one dared to admit that he couldn't see anything, for who would want it to be known that he was either stupid or unfit for his post?

None of the Emperor's clothes had ever met with such success.
But among the crowds a little child suddenly gasped out, "But he hasn't got anything on." And the people began to whisper to one another what the child had said. "He hasn't got anything on." "There's a little child saying he hasn't got anything on." Till everyone was saying, "But he hasn't got anything on." The Emperor himself had the uncomfortable feeling that what they were whispering was only too true. "But I will have to go through with the procession," he said to himself.
So he drew himself up and walked boldly on holding his head higher than before, and the courtiers held on to the train that wasn't there at all.

Hans Christian Andersen was born on 2. April 1805 in Odense (Denmark). He was son of a poor shoemaker and could hardly attend school. His father died when he was 11 years old. When Hans Anderson was the age of 14 he ran away to Copenhagen. In 1822 he went to the Latin school in Slagelse. He died in Copenhagen 4. August 1875 in the age of 70 years.

Jim McLellan

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

"As A Man Thinketh"

I remember the exact date a friend of my wife gave us " As a Man Thinketh,__ I was 30 something. It changed my life, forever. I have recommended this book to several friends and the effect has been the same for them. The book is very inexpensive and is a quick, enjoyable read. It should be required reading for each and every human being. Look on EBay, Amazon . . . etc. Let me know how it changes your life!

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Younger Next Year

" 'Tis more blessed to give than receive," is an expression some may regard as corny . . . but it works for me. It is much more fun for me to give someone something and see the smile on their face, or receive a success story about how the joy of one's life has increased because of my golf instruction, than it is for me to get something, . . . a gift that I don't like in the first place, such as a tie, for Christmas, with ducks on it.

Having covered that, I must share something with you that will, indeed, change your life. it has mine. The book___ Younger Next Year: A Guide to living like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD . . . and it is awesome. The book reaches far beyond the typical garden variety book on improving ones health because it works! We have the audio version and listen to it at home and in our car. It is so informative and fun to listen to that we are not in any hurry to get to our destination as we travel by car.

One of the best overviews can be found at This man is an authority on the subject of health and fitness and I've been a fan of his for decades.

Younger Next Year is available for both men and women and can be found at several places on the WWW . . . Amazon, EBay, their site, will love it! Let me know what you think!

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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Friday, October 3, 2008

A Golfer's Soap Opera!

Adhering to the stringent policy of protecting the identity of my students I submit the following saga employing the utmost discretion and anonymity.

The dedicated reader may remember a past post entitled Breaking News. To avoid redundancy, you may want to turn back the pages of this blog for review.

This particular golfer approached, dare I say desperately pleaded with me___ to view his swing, via video tape, analyze and offer suggestions. I agreed to do so for FREE.

I will admit that there was something in it for me. That something was the satisfaction of seeing a pile of clay turn into a magnificent sculpture. I became involved in this mission personally and up to my eyeballs, with great hopes for the student and the obvious thrill of seeing how I could transform his golf swing. But more importantly, to inspire you___the reader___and all other golfers that were about to witness the complete transformation of a golf swing, in a short period of time!

The first video arrives. The back swing was far short of the recommendations on the DVD, the left arm was bending way too much, the head was moving all over the place, there was no
display of power in the swing, there was no forward press, the back swing was way too fast, and the follow through was pathetic. There's more but you get the drift.

I, or should we say WE, went to work.

Step by step the swing was transformed into something quite striking. After only one week the swing was hardly recognizable from the previous swing. He emailed and asked what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that a video of his new sensational swing would be perfect.

Videos were emailed 2 and 3 times a week. The transformation was stunning. The back swing became full, the left arm straight, the pace of the back swing became slow and deliberate, the forward press set the tone for a swing that was waltz timed tempo based, there was real power, the swing looked relaxed, natural , and in the hands of a fine golfer. The follow through would need some tweaking and the metamorphose would be complete. The small egg would morph into a soaring Eagle, the nondescript bud would turn into a gorgeous Orchid, the 97 pound weakling would become Mr. Universe.

My wife joined in the excitement of seeing, before our very eyes, the remarkable difference.

"OMG," said she, "is that . . ._____? Doesn't even look like the same golfer."

In a few short weeks the swing was completely reworked and became a thing of beauty with power and consistency to spare. The swing was 90% there! Then FLASH ! . . . followed by BOOM! . . . lightening & thunder strike!!

"Jim, I have a blister." So? I thought, Do I hear a violin playing "my heart cries for you?" I had dozens and dozens of blisters. Babe Zaharias and Ben Hogan got blisters that bled. They wrapped their hands in gauze and continued to practice.

"Jim, I practiced for 2 hours, I'm pretty tired." Ben, The Babe & I practiced for 8 hours some days, and got tired, but who cares. I'm your golf coach not your Mommy, I thought!

The race car was starting to leak oil. Yikes, is the right front tire starting to wobble?

"Jim, some say that Sam Snead was double jointed and that's why he had a full swing." Front and left rear tires have the major wobbles. More oil leaking, right front wheel rips loose and bounces, dangerously over the fence & directly toward the horrified, screaming fans in the grand stands.

Hang on golf student, the checkered flag is in sight. OMG, the yellow flag just came out and is flapping like Old Glory in a hurricane.

"Jim, someone came by and told me I could hurt my back with my new swing." Sweet Baby Jesus . . . Major oil leak, bottom of race car shooting flames, gas leak, engine blows, black smoke belching from exhaust pipe, two more wheels fall off, sparks fly 30 feet in the air, car pieces fly off in all directions.

After a few short days of climbing Mr. Everest, he sat down on his backpack. He "beached himself' like a whale, shot himself in the temple playing Russian Roulette, and sabotaged a golden opportunity to have a swing to die for, a swing in the 1% class of all golfers, a swing others would stop to watch and drool over. Split seconds from Grrr-rabbing the brass ring he falls off of the Carousel.

I had such high hopes for him and the untold golfers he could inspire with his example. I am seriously disappointed for him, but more importantly for all golfers who could bear witness to how easy and quick it is to build a pretty, powerful, effective and consistent golf swing in a few short weeks. I saved the videos, showing his remarkable progress!

As the World Turns, the Soap Opera reveals the true character of this cast member. It turns out the passion I perceived was only lip service. The stuff that makes golfers very good or great simply wasn't there. When he told me he would do anything to have a great swing, he was simply reading his lines in the Soap Opera script.

No good deed ever goes unpunished. It's his loss, but my sadness at seeing someone so close, caving in at the last moment is huge. Perhaps if he was paying for my advice he would have valued it more dearly. Who said life was fair? "What a crying shame", as Mom used to say!

Jim McLellan,
The Anti-Pro, The Maverick!

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Golfer's Crap Shoot!

Take lessons from 10 different "PGA certified, pasteurized, & homogenized" golf pros and get 10 different views on how to swing a golf club. Wouldn't you think that at least 2 of them would agree on 1 THING?

Read 10 different golf books from supposed authorities and none of them agree on any THING. Wouldn't you think that at least 2 could agree on Some THING?

Read 10 different golf magazine tips from hot shot golf instructors with a new toup, over-bleached teeth, pink slacks & canary yellow shirts and discover how to ruin your game in 1 article.....10 different ways!

Watch 10 different DVDs and get 10 different views on how NOT to swing a golf club. Wouldn't you think that feedback from customers would have put them out of business by now?

Do you catch the "catch".? IF they knew HOW THE GOLF SWING REALLY WORKED ... doesn't it logically follow that they would agree on SOMETHING? But since they don't, the uninformed golfer continues to buy more and more of their endless supply of addictive junque! The CATCH is__ they DO know what the golfer will "fall for" and how to get their money. Being successful in the sales of golf information doesn't require good golf instruction, just good marketing.

No wonder golfers throw clubs, break clubs, sell clubs, get frustrated and confused and quit. They find little joy in our game instead of a LOT! Keeping the naive golfer/customer confused is how the golf instructor and other predators survive. In that group of "bedfellows" one might find starving sharks, con-artists, drug pushers, medicine men, carnival barkers, wall street shysters, political scoundrels and eventually your friendly neighborhood nut house.

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What's More Important?

What's More Important!
The horse or the carriage? The passer or the receiver? The husband or the wife? The instructor or the student?

We ship orders to every state in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany,Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Austria,
China, Japan, Iceland, Greenland, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, Bahamas, Thailand, Belgium, South Africa, Singapore, Costa Rica, Poland, Denmark,Philippines, Norway, Finland, Italy,Malaysia . . . every country on our blue-green globe with the exception of the North and South Poles.

We sell more DVDs to foreign countries than the USA. We sell more DVDs to California, Texas, Florida, and New York than all the other states combined. We currently sell more DVDs to the United Kingdom than to the United States of America.

We send the same instruction to every county, every student. Our instruction is the standard. The student is the variable. The degree of success is totally dependant on the student's dedication and devotion to that instruction. The instruction alone will make little difference. The instruction and a dedicated student have had a huge impact on countless golfers, many of whom, we will never have the pleasure of meeting.

The various possibilities for golfers and instruction are these . . . Bad instruction-good student. Good instruction-bad student. Bad instruction-bad student. Good instruction-good student.

Most of today's golf instruction is flawed and may, unfortunately, end up in the hands of a good students willing to do their part, only to discover that their game is worse off. The only winners are the sellers of that instruction. There is also the scenario of the golfers who have within their reach some fine golf instruction, either ours or the rare gifted golf instructor, who are unwilling to do their part.

Personally, I have seen the complete spectrum. It doesn't matter where our instruction goes, the results are the same. A small percent really work at it and do extremely well. Most work at it some with noticeable improvement. &&& then there are those who think that just having our instruction sitting in a pile with their other golf instruction DVDs will somehow make a difference, as they rush to buy more instruction thinking that the secret is in the reading or viewing of the information alone.

The rare students who are fully dedicated to reaching their potential, with the proper work ethic, who follow my instruction (to the letter) make my life (and theirs) an absolute joy. Live everyday like it will be your last. Someday it will be!

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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Monday, September 15, 2008

My Personal Challenge

My personal challenge is NOT to climb Mount Everest!

At 29,028 feet (8,848 meters), Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Known as Sagarmatha, or Goddess of the Sky, in Nepal. Mount Everest has a mystical appeal that attracts thousands of hopeful climbers every year. Between 1922 and 2006, Everest has been climbed by almost 3000 people from twenty countries. More than 200 have lost their lives. I have no "mystical appeal" to add to that number.

There are thousands and thousands of doctors, engineers, lawyers, & Indian Chiefs. I have no desire to add to that number, either.
My mountain to climb, my patient to heal, my client to get off Scot free for murder, my skyscraper to build, my sharing the peace pipe with "braves"... My personal challenge is to convenience, the doctor, the lawyer, the engineer, the 10 little Indians that the golf swing is not technical and that too much study is directly proportionate to how badly the golfer goofs.

Now that might sound easy, depending on how you, the reader, is wired. but, But, BUT__ if you're wired "TECHNICAL", to get re-wired will it take a paradigm shift more difficult than climbing Mount Everest, naked, sprayed with water, wind chill factor of Minus that's Oh My Nus -46 degrees, dragging a 360# Olympic Barbell Set behind__ with a 1,000# chain. More difficult than catching a bullet in the dark with your teeth. More difficult than herding cats or nailing jello to the wall. The technical/analytical approach will make the golfer stumble over their own feet in an attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Golf, because they study too much and think too much and make it far more difficult than it really really is.

The more golfers study, the more lessons they take, the more books they read, the more videos they watch, the more hours wasted watching the golf channel, the more likely their frozen stiff bodies will be found at the bottom of a 5,000 foot crevice, come spring.

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Feather Duster

As we traipse through the process of human B-ing, there is an almost unperceivable, invisible, hardly noticed process taking place during every mini-milli-nano second 24/7. That happenstance, routinely overlooked, has Nev--rr been mentioned in any golf material since the debut of ink. Yet, IT, is largely responsible for the massive deterioration of the vulnerable golf swing.

Presenting a test to Mr. & Mrs. Golfer, unless it was a multi-choice quiz, would certainly result in a 100% failure factor. Knowing how to eradicate this demon, this devil, this terminator from the golf swing headed for the ground in a vertigo tail spin, can transform an ordinary golf swing into one that is flight ready at any given dash of time.

The suspense must be resolved before the reader bursts at the seams. The answer must be forthcoming before steam blows the boiler to smithereens. The riddle solved before there is mass panic among the golfing public. Yet, so simple that one would be tempted to smack themselves in the ankle with a sand wedge for not knowing the answer. Ouch that smarts!

The difference lies in the realm of knowledge. Knowledge is power. Those that have this secret in their arrow quiver shoot a much different game than the target misser. The good news is, once the mystery is revealed, all golfers can immediately make a huge difference in their golf. For, without IT the golf swing gets worse little by little until there is nothing left but a can of ugly dust mites! And herein lies a clue to it's identity.

The golf swing is in a continuous state of decay because of a substance abundant on every square inch of dry land_____________________Dust! Dust is settling on the motor skill part of your brain this very second even as you read these words.

So what do we do about THE CULPRIT? Simple, as is everything that comes from the renowned and critically acclaimed McLellan School of Golf! Grab a golf club, step outside and swing for as little as 30 seconds. Swing to a nice smooth waltz (playing in your head), nice full back swing, nice full follow-through, swinging around a nice still head.
Where ever you are, where ever you go,...have a golf club handy. A McSwinger is the perfect tool. If you don't have one, use a golf club of your choice. Have a club in the truck of your car, at work, and anywhere you find yourself. Before you leave for work dust off your swing for 30 will have a huge impact on the quality of your golf swing!

There are 2,880-- 30 second periods in a day! Can you spare one? If you can, it will make a tree men dust (punny) difference in your golf swing. Now, if you wait 24 hours you will find a small amount of dust has settled on your swing. Hey, why not keep it dust free by adding 2 or 3 feather dusting periods randomly spaced throughout the day?

During commercials on TV, hop on your feather duster and ride outside for 30 seconds of feather dusting bliss. Inclimate weather? Got high ceilings, no chandeliers? Scoot the kids and pets out of the way and swing for 30 glorious seconds. Watch out for divots in the rug. Before you hit the hay and hug your teddy bear latch on to a feather duster one last time. During slumbersville your motor skills will be grooving some silky smooth new pathways for the swing you are dreaming about!

Know a brain surgeon willing to cut open your skull? You will discover new wiring circuitry in the cerebellum floating in precious oils. There will a positive difference that will manifest itself into the physical reality of that one in a million golf swing, the one that golfers stop to watch (and drool over) at the local driving range. And this trick doesn't cost one red cent. Thanks to your Good Buddy, Mr. Nice Guy.

Jim McLellan

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Eliminate Stress

Monday, September 8, 2008

David and Goliath

Some time ago, I sent one of my golf instruction articles to a golf magazine (of all things). This delightful lady called to say how much her staff enjoyed my alternative approach to golf instruction. She was HOT to publish the article and wanted my final approval. Further she stated how the article made complete sense and was entertaining and humorous to boot. To finalize the fine print she asked how long I had been a PGA professional. I told her that I had initially been a PGA pro but had dropped my membership for various reasons. The conversation suddenly became rather chilly as ice crystals formed on my telephone receiver. Said she, "Oh, we don't publish articles in our magazine unless you are affiliated with the PGA."

Another time ago, I sent a 30 second, paid for, advertisement to the Golf Channel. In the clip I mentioned that the golf swing was quite simple, only took two seconds and was too fast to think. I also mentioned that golf instructors made the golf swing too difficult. The spokesman at the GC informed me, in no uncertain terms, "We won't be running your clip Mr. McLellan, for the simple reason that it might offend some of our PGA instructors."

Some of you may know the story of Preston Tucker who built a wonderful automobile of the same name in the late forties & was "squeezed" out of the car business by the big three. More on this maverick in another post.

. . . and then there is my good friend John Richardson of Northern Ireland who in one short year went from shooting 103 to scratch, (that's par). Although his spectacular accomplishment surpasses today's household name golf professionals, John is finding that there are many aloof "real golf instructors" who dismiss John as not having the qualifications to teach. They were unable to do what John did and they are telling him he needs to become certified before he gets "Real". Give me a break!

The "good old boys" network whether in Washington DC, your local court house, city or state politics, large manufactures, or the all mighty PGA, abhors mavericks for THEY are a REAL
threat to their shakey Status Quo. Great ideas always come from outside the box.

Wind up the sling shot, David. . . "The bigger they are they harder they fall."

Jim Mclellan
The antiPro/The Maverick

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Head Turner

A full back swing with a still head is the hallmark, the corner stone, the under pinning for a great, rare and sought after, super duper golf swing.

In order to keep the head from being pushed up by the left shoulder at the top of the back swing__, here's a tip worth it's weight in platinum.

At the address, turn the chin a few degrees to the right. You will be looking at the BACK of the ball with, predominately, your left eye. NOW, when you swing to that nice slow and full back swing you will have room for your shoulder to tuck_ very nicely_ under you head.

This wonderful tip will encourage you to swing back farther promoting more time to gradually increase your club head speed by the time you reach the launch pad (impact).
Win: A free McLellan Golf DVD ($54.90 value). ...for the first responder with the correct answers!
1). Name of lady in the picture,
2). Name of moive that made her famous,
3). Name of leading man.

Jim McLellan

The Anti-Pro/Maverick

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Golf Exam . . . Pass or Flunk?

Ready for a golf quiz, a test, an exam(ination) with only 3 questions? How do YOU measure up with others who share your passion for OUR game? Now, for the good news... Get them all correct & you get an A+, on the dean's list, valedictorian of your class, and a new "hello officer" shiny red corvette from your proud parents.

Just 3? What's the catch? Not only is there NO catch but I have already given you the correct answers! How can it be easier than this? Well, it is...I'm going to allow you to grade your very own test paper!

All 3 correct answers dish out 100% and you pass with flying colors. Miss 1 and you get 66.666% and you flunk, fail, F! Miss 2 and your score is
33.333 % seriously failing with serious consequences. Miss 3 and your score is Zero, the same score as some of our politicians.
No need to be nervous. You have had weeks, months, and perhaps years to prepare for the big day. If you are NOT totally ready, you are welcome to go back and study the information for as long as you like. You may also bring the answers with you to class, just in case you get rattled and forget.

What can go wrong at this point? How many golfers can pass this test, some wonder. Later in this piece I will share with you how you compare with other "students" in your class.

Question 1: Is your back swing at least parallel, is your left arm reasonably straight, do you have a nice relaxed hip and shoulder turn as they follow the hands to the top of the back swing,
is your swing higher than your head, is your back swing nice and slow___lazy with little effort?

Question 2: Has your head remained still to the top of the back swing?

Question 3: If your finish full and complete, club beyond parallel, hands high, are you looking over your right elbow, is your right foot straight up and down (on your toes), with only enough weight on it to support your balance?

To score yourself simply video tape your swing. You may be surprised that what you THOUGHT you were doing and what you are actually doing can be shocking.

So, how did you do? Fewer than 1% of all golfers get all 3 right & score an A.
Almost no one gets 2 correct and the vast majority 95%+++ get not 1 of the 3 correct. That's a ZERO.

Very simple...get 3 right and break 80, take your playing partners money, spend no more money on golf lessons, break no more clubs, you are nice to your wife and kids when you return home & you live happily forever after. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Jim McLellan
The Anti-Pro/Maverick

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Roller Coaster Golf Swing!

A picturesque description of the golf swing comes to us from one of our star students.

Bob T. (protecting identity) age 49, Quality Assurance Manger, Bristol, Rhode Island, sent some wise words we can all apply to our golf swings.

In describing my swing Bob writes, " . . . It only makes sense that a short swing will encourage a jerky move back to the ball. I was watching a roller coaster go over the top recently and thought of your swing. Slows to a crawl, then slooowwly speeds up and hits top speed at the bottom. When you get it right, it feels like your swing has been released from bondage!"

Bob nailed it and that's exactly what my swing feels like when it's firing to the MAX.

Another analogy I have used is the back swing is very slowly cocking the gun, the downswing is squeezing the trigger (not a quick pull) very g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y so the gun f-i-n-a-l-l-y fires at impact. For this reason, the swing looks effortless, yet there is explosive power as the ball takes off like a rocket.

Bob continues. ". . . My head was filled with tips, illustrations, diagrams, photos and text from any instructional material in sight, UNTIL NOW! Thanks for releasing my swing formerly held hostage by all of the above!"
"Also, your response to my email is appreciated, the part about 'following the hands to a nice high position' was a revelation. For me, hands high with a still head tended to make me lift my left arm and disconnect it from my body (like you showed in the video), but allowing my body to turn to "follow my hands" has me winding up nicely. I wasn't thinking about my left arm mind you, but I could FEEL that it wasn't "stretchy" as you say. I think that would have worked well in the video, unless that is too technical (we don't want THAT!)"
"My Dad born 1911, and long since gone, taught me how to swing, and his philosophy was 'don't swing nice and easy, swing nice and smooth.' After he was gone, I fell into the instructional trap and my swing looked like a spastic jumble of magazine pictorials pasted together. Frankenstein comes to mind, pieced together from old magazine instructions!"

" My roller coaster observation? That's just another way of saying what you say anyhow - 'Don't apply the power all at once.' I stole that from you, because you told me to steal your swing in the video."

"Keep on, 'not instructing' golfers Jim, because you don't instruct, you simply show us what a great swing looks like and let us copy it. I'll bet that's how the great swingers (Snead, Hogan, Jones) of yesteryear learned. They stole it!"

"My own thought on the golf swing is that it is a 2 part thing. Rhythm and Tempo. I know what tempo is (pace) and yours is great, but to me, rhythm is all the parts moving in sync, and after years of instruction, that was contradictory to this, I finally discovered that fluid and stretchy is the way to good rhythm. No more HIT THAT POSITION as the teachers say."

"Personal note: thanks for your prompt responses. I was away from golf for many years (after losing my Dad, Mom and 5 yr old son in a short time) and I am rediscovering the joys of the game. I taught myself an instrument also (guitar). That's where I got the tempo and rhythm thing from. Thanks Jim, "

Bob T.,

Partners with The Anti-Pro

Jim McLellan,

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yogi Berra

"You can't hit and think at the same time"! Yogi Berra

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hatfields and McCoys

The female golfer has two distinctly different parts of the brain. Neither can perform the function that the other specific part of the brain is designed to do. These parts are called the cerebrum, for thinking, located in the front part of the brain and the cerebellum, for motor skills, located in the back part of the brain.

The male golfer has three distinctly different parts of the brain & shares the same two functions as the female brain mentioned above plus one more. In addition the male golfer has another brain part located in his pants. On and off the golf course the male golfer spends a large majority of his time thinking with this part of his anatomy. In many cases he would be better off thinking with 'IT" rather than the cerebrum as we are about to witness.

When we learn a new task we use the cerebrum. Study this or that by thinking and learn. If we are learning a motor skill the cerebrum communicates with the cerebellum and begins telling it what to do. ASAP the cerebrum is cut loose as the cerebellum takes over the job of performing a motor skill__ driving a stick shift, eating an ice cream cone without jabbing oneself in the eye, and something glorious called the golf swing. Assuming you have the stick shift and ice cream eating down pat lets move on.

The golf swing is given birth as follows. The cerebrum picks up the information as to what to do with the back swing and informs the cerebellum that it has a job to do. The cerebellum lays down a network of pathways for the neurons to ride on. The cerebellum then informs the cerebrum that it fully understands what to do and for it to go away, leave it alone & wait for its next thinking assignment. Some time later, the cerebrum explains to the cerebellum that the golfers head needs to remain still. The cerebellum takes over and gets rid of the useless cerebrum. And so it goes on to the follow-through and the golfer proudly owns a swing with NO thinking involved. Ideally, the part of the brain that runs motor skills is in complete charge......In a perfect world.

Here's the problem. Some fellers are wired with a history of using the cerebrum to learn stuff. . But, and that's a big BUT, they do NOT fully understand that one part of the brain can NOT perform the functions of the other part of the brain. Their history is to throw more and more information at a task to better understand and perform that task. If he's an engineer he matriculates (and tries not to get caught) at the local University learning how to build skyscrapers & suspension bridges__so they don't fall down. If he's a doctor he spends years in school learning what not to cut while performing brain surgery so his patient doesn't end up with the IQ of a tomato. If he's a stock broker he studies all he can about trends, stocks and bonds, and the mysterious super structure of investing so his customer doesn't end up living with the homeless.

Golfers might think that the problem with their game lies in not having enough information. They have a problem so they dig for more and more advice, information, tips, etc. This causes major conflicts between the thinking part and the motor skill part of the brain & makes the Hatfield and McCoy Feud look like love birds. Both parts of the brain can NOT be involved in the golf swing__ AT THE SAME TIME__when it functions at its peak level of efficiency. As a matter of fact, the golf swing is only working correctly when only the cerebellum is involved, exclusively.

I've witnessed top dancers look like beginners and become befuddled once a new move is introduced into their routine. . Because the cerebrum is becoming involved. The cerebrums job in any motor skill has to be__ short lived. Any more time spent "on board" once the cerebellum '"gets the picture" causes earthquakes inside the skull that registers a number 10 on the Richter scale.

There are zillions of golfers with libraries that take up one wall of their massive dens from floor to ceiling. They incorrectly assume that the golf swing requires tons of study and regrettably apply the same procedure to non-motor skill endeavors...real-estate, computers, geology, fixing hearts, building space ships. They make lousy golfers IF they continue to use the same part of the brain that make them smart & rich__in the first place. It doesn't work for golf...never has, never will. It's really quite simple.

May I draw your attention to that round thing you've been secretly working on in your basement?__The one that will revolutionize the world and make you very wealthy! I've got some bad news. The wheel has already been invented. You don't need to re-invent the golf swing, either.... I beat you to it!

Now you know what drives the golf swing and what doesn't. Take this article seriously and use the correct part of your brain if you're truly serious about finding your very own glorious golf swing. Unless, of course, you enjoy sticking yourself in the eye with an old rusty fork, smashing your thumb with a hammer, driving your Harley into a brick wall at 150 miles per or doing a swan drive into a pile of jagged rocks.

Jim McLellan,

The Anti-Pro/The Maverick/Your Best Friend!

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Breaking News

Hey AP, ". . .You're so fine
Change my water into wine
Show me that you're no fool
Walk across my swimming pool. . . "

Just when I started believing I was the Guru of Golf, the Sultan of Swat, The King of the Swing, The answer to the golfers prayer . . . comes some Breaking News. I've got more to learn. And learn indeed, I Did__from a student!

Let's back 'er up to 2004. Said student orders the McLellan Golf DVDs, falls head over heals in love and posts reviews all over the Net. He did it right. Giddy in Golfdom. Perfect! He built a solid and powerful and consistent and pretty golf swing, the envy of the guys and gals at the driving range! He had nailed the 3 key factors in the golf swing . . . everything else followed naturally and automatically, as it should.

He was in full agreement that the golf industry's approach was nuts and didn't work. Whoopee. He felt sorry for anyone who was having a problem with our game. All one needed to do, said he, was to follow the sage advice of one world renowned golf instructor extraordinaire aka Jim McLellan . . . like he did, by Golly. Was he lucky or what? He broke the code, kept it simple, followed no other advice and had video taped his swing and made the necessary corrections. Here's a guy who embraced the 3 key Jewels of Wisdom. Too bad for the rest, said he.

Not exactly. Fast forward to 2008. He writes to say that he is having problems. Problems? Whoops, what's wrong? Did I omit something? Did I say something that I shouldn't? Is there a better way to learn how to find one's best golf? Is this a wake-up call for me? Am I no better than the other pros I cut down, (at every opportunity)? Pa-Leeze, Dear God, I beg you . . . don't send me down below to spend an eternity with "them."

I open my email bag and find a request from the "star" student. "Hey Jim, I need your help, can I send you a video of my swing?"

My wife, who doesn't play golf, walks by my monitor as I play the video for the first time. "Whoops!" she mutters as she continues her stroll.

Expecting to see the 3 key factors in place, I start to faint and reach for the smelling salts. Factor 1, his back swing position stops way before it should. Not nearly high enough or back far enough and the left arm bends. Oh Dear! One down and 2 to go. Factor 2, Follow-through mirrors his back swing, has no purpose, is sloppy and is not in the correct position. Lets see, that's 2 down and one to go. Factor 3 Head not still & bobs around like a cork on a river. What's the score? Zero for 3. Can't get worse than that! Oh Yeah? I also suggest that it is of utmost importance that students video tape themselves and correct any problems. Never did!

So this student had no idea what was going on and was practicing bad habits. Can it get any worse than this, you ask? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here comes another swing eating shark. Mr. "G-Whiz I'm doing everything like you told me" was reading books, watching videos, and following advice from everyplace under ol Sol. Zero for 5. Merdre!Confusion and frustration set in. Paralysis through analysis. Head spinning out of control. Seriously considering quitting the game for good. All because the instructions were NOT followed. Yet, it is so simple.

My most difficult job is to convince golfers how simple our game really is & to Follow the Owners Manual to the letter..(it's only one page). Practice! Get good! Enjoy!

Don't follow the Owners Manual___ buy clubs that float.

The good news is, this student, a fine gentleman, is going back to square one and doing it right this time. I expect great results.

Love is lovelier the second time around. I'll let you know. Count on it!

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

One Move Golf Swing

The Secret of the Golf Swing is ONE move!

Yes, there are 3 pictures___your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The far picture to the right is the magic secret position that sets the foundation for the rare/great swing!

Notice the back swing is higher than Sam's hat which has NOT, NOT, NOT___moved! Because his swing is fluid, free flowing, and seamless this hallmark position encourages a full body and shoulder turn. This ONE move golf swing gives the impression of "effortless power"___ Sam has plenty of time to develop maximum acceleration by the time the club head reaches impact.

If the golfer has the ability to be in this stellar position at the top of the backswing, the chances of the rest of the swing being perfect approach 100%!

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Sam's My Man

There are Only 3 Key Factors in a Great Golf Swing. 1) Full-High Back Swing, 2) Still Head, & 3) Full-High Finish. Everything else will follow naturally and automatically, contrary to what you are hearing from the Golf Industry Circus.

Check out Sam Snead on the Youtube link below!

I would say he's got it, wouldn't you?

Jim McLellan

The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Something Stinks

The golf swing is primarily a reflex action that takes place at the speed of the chemical/electrical current that flows through our body. Or if you would like for me to break that down . . . roughly the speed at which lightening strikes the ground.

There are beau coup, faux golf teachers cleverly disguised as some one who is in the business of trading your money for a slim chance that your golf will improve. One high profile trickster suggests that by stopping a swing at 8 various check points you can get better.

For openers, the golf swing is not a stop and go proposition. The only time the golf swing stops is very momentarily at the top of the back swing and at the finish. This flim-flamer has the gall to suggest that the golfer will be well served to stop the golf swing at 8 different points to make sure the swing is still behaving itself. I've never witnessed a swing that stops 8 times that can hit the ball out of the golfers shadow.

The only purpose of this system is to make money for this lame brained instructor as he sells more "golf trips." Here's the coup de gras out in the open. He suggests, no, make that implores that a very important position a golfer needs to monitor is . . . impact. This is an outrageous insult to our intelligence. No one, this side of Krypton, has been able to think at impact. The swing is so... FAST ___ as a matter of scientific fact___ that the ball is actually 45 yards "gone" before the golfer realizes that he has HIT__ IT!.

These shysters mugs are frequently found on the front cover of Golf Ragazines and appear on the Goof Channel. I asked one of our star students what he thought about this instruction, he said, and I quote, "He gave me a migraine that lasted for months."

Sanity Time! Let's say you watched me walk across a room and back and I asked you to do the same. Would it be necessary for me to describe, step by step how to do this? Would it be necessary that I described right foot now left foot, weight shift, the contra swinging of the arms, the muscles involved, proper balance?__OR___ would it make much more sense for you to simply copy what I did, walk "over there" and walk back? Yet as simple as this is___ there is far more involved in walking, not to mention driving a stick shift, than swinging a golf club.

Here's the catch. If the walking coach above simply had you copy what he did, you wouldn't need to come back for more lessons time after time after time, would you? Golf pros make their living on repeat lessons. The more complicated they make it, the more information they shove down your throat. They want you to get the impression that you are getting a LOT for your money. You are! . . . a lot of Horse Shit.

Why in the name of heaven wouldn't an intelligent golfer not grasp the concept that if the back swing position is good and the follow-through position is good that a club head traveling at 100 miles per hour will do just dandy between these two points. Having checkpoints is absurd. The swing is not a freeze frame thing! Checkpoints are impossible for the moving golf swing. Checkpoints my butt!

Instead, a F-L-U-I-D, uninterrupted, golf swing, that has the proper back swing & follow-through positions, follows a perfect path. The golf swing is not parts and pieces where you move this, now this, now that, now this, not that. It is one great big beautiful full, gorgeous, powerful and consistent phenomena that requires NO thinking, and certainly no marketing "foolery" checkpoints.

BeWare if your "walking coach," . . . or your golf pros motif has any similarly to the ones above. NEVER prepay for a series of golf lessons! NEVER! If, during the very first lesson, you smell something fishy, run like hell to the bank and stop payment on your check or credit card. It's your money, honey. Only a Moron would fall for this. Turn your BS filter on high alert & be vigilant . . . they prey amongst us.

Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/The Maverick

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Friday, August 15, 2008

You, The Movie Star

How we see ourselves and how we really are or how others see us can be solar systems apart. How would we look to ourselves, if we could see ourselves as an outside observer? Are we overweight, smoke or drink too much, talk too much or too little, serious or light hearted, skilled or inept, pretty or butt ugly? Shakespeare would say, "it's in the eye of the beholder."

A couple of years ago My wife and I took up, what I thought, would be the very last thing in the world I would have any interest in whatsoever, . . . DANCING! Some readers may have guessed by now that I'm obsessive-compulsive and have to be good at what I do. I suppose it is some sort of a mental illness that drives to me excel at something so that I don't make a complete buffoon out of me self.

We dove into the deep end. Took lessons from some of the best instructors available, bought DVDs, practiced at home, danced as much as 3 and 4 nights a week at various clubs both in town and at actual dance events. We went from being a couple of clumsy beginners to the top dancers at our club. We were hot stuff, or so we thought. We could out-dance most in our club. Club members told us how cool we looked, how much we had improved.

Inflated by all the comments, we decided to video tape ourselves so we too could be amazed.
Quiet on the set, Roll 'em. Turn the music up, full blast, and strut yo stuff.

Three minutes later, and eager to see ourselves as these super dancers, we sat down to be impressed with ourselves. OMG times 10,000 . . . who are these people? We don't look like THAT! We certainly dance better than THAT! Maybe we just don't dance good in front of a camera. Are we being over critical of ourselves__ OR__ are we actually that pathetic? We are moving like a couple of old stick people, stiff as a board, not moving to the music, like we thought we were. We fought nausea. Maybe we're not cut out to be dancers, are we too old? . . . sure looks like it. Should we quit and let the rockin' chair get us?

We decided to not let the camera win. We picked ourselves up off the floor, licked our wounds, ate some humble pie, threw up, got mad and went to work. Stand up straight, move like younger dancers, get funky, let yourselves go, move your body to the music . . . this IS dancing, isn't it?

Correct the problems and film again. Better, but far from acceptable. Correct again, film again. Some better . . . needs more work. Film again . . . hey not 2 bad. Let's compare it with our first filming. Boy, we were AH-FULL, now. . . Some better!

There are some dancers at our club who think they are really cool who dance like two skeletons trying to _ _ _ _ ! They should video tape themselves. If a dancer or a golfer or anyone doing anything (well almost anything) is not video taping themselves they are fooling themselves and will never ever, never ever, get better.

It's the old class reunion syndrome! We don't look like we think we look. Who's that tubby old dame? . . . Homecoming queen you say, the cute little doll everyone wanted to (blank)? & who, pray tell, is that stooped over codger with the limp? Tressleman Truckhorse?__ the handsome star quarterback with the bulging muscles?, lady killer?, ran like Bambi? No way! I may not look 18 anymore, but I sure don't look like these strangers! Yeah, right.

How do you look when you swing a golf club? Is your back swing nice and high, does your head remain fairly still, and do you have a full beautiful finish? Is your swing stretchy or tight, nice tempo or choppy, athletic or ridiculous, economy of motion or spastic. You might think you look just fine, & maybe you do . . . but there is also a real possibility you should brace yourself for a real reality slap up side the head.

Get the video camera out, buy one, rent one, borrow one . . . but film yourself. Compare your swing to my swing. Are you really doing what you know you need to do or are you lost in "I think I'm pretty cool" land?

If you're not filming yourself, you are getting better & better at being worse & worse. Filming yourself is one of the "secrets" to your best golf.


Jim McLellan
The AntiPro/the Maverick
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Puke factor

The Puke Factor is a term coined by The Anti-Pro. The PF signifies a point at which a person finally gets so disgusted with themselves that they throw-up, up chuck, heave, hurl, toss their cookies, get sick.
The PF is a line in the sand, a place in time and space, an event that alerts us that enough is enough.

You can't get your car into the garage because of all the junk . . . you decide to spend the weekend cleaning it out. You can't find your favorite tie in your closet, for all of the clothes you haven't worn since WW ll, so you buy one of those closet organizers and go to work. You are in the shower and you look down and can't see your Tallywacker, because your gut is so huge, so you start exercising and cut out the chip & dip, banana cream pie, death by chocolate-4 layer cakes, and other Tallywacker Hiders. Whoa, another phrase coined by the AP, The Tallywacker Hider (four syllables followed by two, nice melodic ring don't ya think?) & although sickening, not as bad as the Puke Factor. All of the above reached their PPF . . . Personal Puke Factor, and finally did something about it.

How about the United States of American for which it stands? Stands for WHAT? The USA is 9.5 Trillion dollars in DEBT__ yet we keep throwing money at every country in the world with their hand out.

Need some help with a Trillion. A Trillion seconds ago was, get ready for this, over 36,000 YEARS ago. That, boys and girls was 34,000 YEARS B-4 Jesus was making furniture in Nazareth. Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000. The country has not existed for a trillion seconds. Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds. One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe. & that's only 1 measly Trillion. Multiply that by 9.5 for YOUR NATIONAL DEBT. Show me the money. Time to Puke!

Millions of Americans haul their butts out of bed every morning and go to work to support someone on Welfare with ten kids from 10 different Daddies so she can wake up at noon in time to watch her 'soaps'. And our wonderful Candidates running for the most powerful position in this country and, in the world, couldn't run a lemonade stand. And the citizens of Iraq were starving to death as they watched Saddam and his boys build their 19th Palace as an edifice to themselves. Where is the Puke Factor in all of this?

When does the Puke Factor kick in with your Golf Game? You read golf tips, take lessons, go to golf schools, watch golf on TV and play AT it. Your Lazy Boy recliner gets more time with you reading about golf than you play golf. You have a law suit pending from a home owner off the 3rd fairway, thanks to your slice that smashed their picture window and killed the family pet. Your swing looks like you're killing snakes. You have over 3 sets of clubs at the bottom of the lake on 18. Your score cards in the triple digits. Ladies from the Westhaven Rest Home out drive you. You shanked a 9 iron and "put the eye out" of one of your playing partners. Last Saturday you spent the afternoon in the sand trap on the 14th. Time after time year after year you're pathetic but do nothing about IT. You haven't reached your Puke Factor. MOST golfers NEVER do!

90% of Golfers NEVER break 90! They haven't reached their Puke Factor or just don't care. A mere 10% of golfers can break 90? Isn't that enough to gag a maggot? This game is NOT that difficult. The swing only takes two seconds. Too fast to think. The ball sits there until you hit it, unlike tennis or football or basketball where the ball's flies all over the joint. If you can break 90 or 80 or shoot par, good for you. You're a rare breed. I'll bet you'll agree with me that golf is not that difficult, won't you. You will also agree that most golf instruction will make you worse won't you? If you can't break 90, get real mad, go throw up somewhere, and do something about it. Golf's a heck of a lot more fun on the under side of 90.

Jim McLellan
The Anti-Pro/The Maverick

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Become A Super Putter

Full title: Everything you always wanted to know about becoming a Super Putter but were afraid to Ask.

You've heard the claims . . . Buy this or that product or instruction material and shave 5 strokes, 12 strokes, or 20 strokes from your score card. Send check or Money order to "Bob's Secret to Fabulous Putting," 175 Bull's-eye Road, Pinball, Idaho 13131.

Get ready to get mad if you have invested money in learning how to putt and you still suck. For here my good buddy is a plan, for free, that will make a huge difference in your putting skill. You will discover that the problem isn't the putter it's the puttee.

First you need to fully understand the formula that will produce the putting magic you dream about. The technique is simple. The application requires a degree of dedicated practice. Here is the equation. 10% technique, 90% practice.

Most any grip will work, so pick one that seems comfortable. Pick a stance that seems well balanced for you. Place the ball in the stance that gives you the best results after a little experimentation. Feel like the action of the stroke is coming from the shoulders as per Volume II McLellan Golf DVDs. Keep the head very still, moving only the shoulders, arms and hands as one unit.
Find a putting green where you can putt for several hours. Use 3 or 4 new golf balls, and start with a 3 or 4 foot distance. Begin putting. If you don't make the putt it is because your putts are too short, too long, to the right or to the left. Notice the trend!

Interesting, as you continue to putt you will automatically begin to correct these variables. Keep track of what's going on, notice the trend, and write it down. Notice how after a few minutes you become a much better putter. At the end of an hour you will hardly resemble the putter you were when you started. Swing the putter straight back from the hole and straight to the hole using a silky smooth stroke . . . I like the feeling that the palm of my right hand swings the putter toward the hole.
Feel like you are putting a vintage roller skate wheel (on its edge). Stroke it so it doesn't wobble or tip over!
Practice for 10 to 15 minute intervals and sit down and analyze what's going on. Pick a day when you can spend 3 or 4 hours just practicing putting. You will be a totally different putter at the end of the day and you will definitely see a BIG difference when you tally up your score. Your new skill should help eliminate 3 putting.

Give God deserved credit for building an unbelievable awesome machine that has everything it takes for you to become an incredible golfer/putter. You need NOTHING else than the information found in this article and gobs of practice. Golfers think all they need is more information to play better golf as they sit in their Lazy Boy Recliners and read about IT. Reading about IT, won't make you better. You must take these simple tips and apply them through hours and hours of intelligent/dedicated practice on the putting green. The time invested will put a smile on your face that will be hard to wipe off.

Jim McLellan
The Anti-Pro/The Maverick

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