Now, I’m Asking You

I’m up late tonight.  I actually went to bed and just couldn’t get my mind to stop.    I kept thinking “If I could do some things over again I would….”  To be honest I was uncomfortable.   I was recalling all of the mistakes I have made and missed opportunities.  If there is one thing I don’t like thinking about its about how I could have done better.  “If I would just have given 100% things would have turned out differently.  I  find that singular thought almost unbearable.

Before I get too far into this blog, here is my personal email Toddg@moenormangolf.com.  Please feel free to email me any of your thoughts if you have them. I enjoy your ideas and comments.

Ok, so looking back at the past is futile. I get it.  That’s why I am up writing this blog.  Mostly because I want to give you and Moe 100% and I want you to give me your thoughts.

I was talking to my brother earlier tonight and I said to him the same thing I have said for years – “I would rather fail teaching Moe’s Single Plane Swing than be successful teaching the conventional golf swing.”

That seems like a bold statement but actually its perfectly logical to me because I know one very important thing – that every conventional golfer will eventually need to simplify their swings motion.   Every conventional golfer will need Moe’s mechanics someday if they want to play golf in the future.  However, there is the problem with this scenario.  Most of these conventional golfers will quit playing golf before they hear about Moe and the Single Plane.

That is what keeps me up at night.  

Heck, I’m one of those people.  If I had never met Moe I would have quit the game.  Moe’s swing gave me hope and a chance to keep playing the game.  Because of Moe, I even loved to practice. Moe’s swing (having a model) made it fun to learn and master.  I learned to love every moment of playing golf whether on the course, hitting a few wedges or just hitting into a net.

I’m not trying to sell you on Moe’s golf swing.  Actually, if you are completely happy with your game and enjoying playing – I probably would recommend that you keep on playing and not change a thing.

I lose sleep because there are over 1 million golfers that quit playing every year.  A portion of those golfers love the game but are frustrated.  Golf isn’t fun for them anymore.  The thought of someone loving and enjoying the game but so frustrated that they stop makes me very sad because they never tried Moe’s swing and found what I found.

So here are my questions for all of you (who I consider my family).

  1. What can I do to help more,  is there anything that I can do to help you? 
  2. How can I reach more people who are frustrated and want to quit?  
  3. What is more important – enjoying playing or enjoying practicing?

The reason I asked the 3rd question is because one thing I have discovered for all golfers who love golf (and have achieved a high level of skill) enjoy practice as much as play.

Here is my final three question and maybe the most important of them all.

4. If you don’t enjoy practicing, what would help you enjoy practicing more? 

5. If you DO enjoy practicing, why do you enjoy practicing?

I used to ask people “Why do you play golf”. I found that people play for many reasons.  I learned that there is something I would rather know to get to the heart of why they play.  Here is my final question and its a doozy…

6. If you aren’t reaching your potential with your golf game, why don’t you quit?  

Ok, I’m heading to bed now.  When you read this blog today, please spend 10 minutes to send me an email at my personal email address Toddg@moenormangolf.com and let me know your thoughts.

Thank you. Goodnight.

 

Comments

8 comments on “Now, I’m Asking You”
  1. Ric Creamer says:

    Todd, I really have interest in all of your questions in your blog. Love your commitment to Single PLane Golf and Moe Norman BUT being 72 and living on a fixed income in Ca. is hard to do and making choices what to do with my money is difficult. Love the game of golf BUT can’t afford it. So I will just continue to read all your posts and what’s going on at GGA. keep up the good work , life is good .

    Ric Creamer

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    1. Todd Graves says:

      Ric, if you have any ideas on helping you even with a fixed income let me know. I’m open to suggestions and have some ideas myself. Feel free to email me toddg@moenormangolf.com.

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  2. Bruce Kelso, Champaign, IL says:

    I’ve heard that nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. You’ve demonstrated that you care deeply and are passionate about the game. Me too! You help me a great deal by sharing your experiences with Moe and by providing the tools to get better, like the single plane trainer, which I use every single day. I mean it EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hitting those positions is like magic. I know that if I hit them, it will pay off in very low scores.

    As far as reaching other people, I tend to think the club manufacturers do more to hurt this game than anything. As long as players think they can “buy” a game, they won’t spend the time on the range or practicing to get any better just buy that new driver or that new set of irons or putter. And none of them are likely fit correctly.

    I certainly enjoy playing and putting to good use what I’ve developed in practice, but I also love to hit balls on the range both before the round and afterwards. I guess I’m looking for the perfect swing, at least I was, but I’m done looking. I’m close to reaching my potential but am sort of running out of time as I’m turning 65 this year. That’s the way it goes. I play better now than at anytime during my life. Thank you Moe and thank you Todd and Tim.

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  3. Todd Graves says:

    Thanks Bruce. I like to hit balls as well. I use it as a good meditation – its a placed to relax and improve. I always wonder if that is something that should be more “focused on” that practicing is not a chore – that it is a meditation or a stress reliever.

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  4. Les Greenhalgh says:

    Todd love Moe’s system and the fact Graves Academy strive to bring the game to everyone. I would love for Graves to come to UK would enjoy being the catalyst to help you and Graves reach more people. I feel sure their would be a ready audience here in the UK.

    I find so much pleasure in both practice and playing but if I were honest it has only been since I have found the consistency of impact/strike watching ball flight and confidence in my own game Graves has provided so much already and when I practice I think about some of the Moeisem’s and realise just what a clever fella Mow was.

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  5. Todd Graves says:

    Thank you Les. I can’t wait to come to the UK, Hopefully Soon,

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  6. bdivenuti@aol.com says:

    So here are my questions for all of you (who I consider my family).

    What can I do to help more, is there anything that I can do to help you? You are doing fantastic. I have been following you for years and believe in your emphasis on the simplicity and not the complexity (which many conventional swing systems engage in and therefore, the poor results, including 1 million golfers quitting per year, according to the USGA). I played for years with a conventional swing and won tournaments and awards, including Puerto Rico Junior Open, later club championships, trying to qualify locally for US Open and US Amateur and playing in the Eastern Amateur and Porter Cup when I was young. However, I always had anxiety when I teed it up because I had no idea what my full swing was going to do that day in terms of consistent ball striking, hitting fairways and greens. With the single plane swing, I have a model, your instructional materials and training aids to move me closer to the consistency I am desiring, as you have said the 360 golfer. I am very encouraged with the results, getting a lot of attention from my fellow golfers and having a lot of fun in seeing progress. I cannot think of anything specifically you can do to help more. The only thing I would suggest is for people to keep a detailed journal of the progress of what is working and not working. In other words, to take a professional viewpoint on improving and not be a dilettante. As you have said, commit 110 percent and not just put your toe in the water and say it did not work. If one applies the knowledge you have provided, one will get results. How can I reach more people who are frustrated and want to quit? 1) Ask those who are successful with the system to refer others and compensate for the referrals. 2) Get on the Golf Channel and blow up the established conventional swing theories. “Make Golf Great Again.” What is more important – enjoying playing or enjoying practicing? I enjoy practicing more, however, I need to play more to evaluate my effectiveness of my practicing.

    The reason I asked the 3rd question is because one thing I have discovered for all golfers who love golf (and have achieved a high level of skill) enjoy practice as much as play. Here is my final three question and maybe the most important of them all. 4. If you don’t enjoy practicing, what would help you enjoy practicing more? I enjoy practicing. Playing is just an extension of my practicing and preparation for my playing. 5. If you DO enjoy practicing, why do you enjoy practicing? Because I see incremental progress occurring. I do take yours and Moe’s advice: Practice with a Purpose. Therefore, I practice with a purpose and after the practice session, evaluate whether I have made progress on the purpose I have established for that practice session. Also, I keep a journal of the progress in order to refer to it for the next practice session. Be professional in your preparation and do not be a dilettante. Dilettantes are not successful. I used to ask people “Why do you play golf”. I found that people play for many reasons. I learned that there is something I would rather know to get to the heart of why they play. Here is my final question and its a doozy… 6. If you aren’t reaching your potential with your golf game, why don’t you quit? Because if success is possible (and I believe following your system with Moe’s swing is possible), I will continue to practice with a purpose to achieve the feeling of greatness that Moe speaks of. Failure is not an option with Moe’s swing. Take responsibility for learning it and if you get hung up, get help with a phone call, email or video coaching. You, Tim and your staff are some of the most helpful people I have known and your efforts are more appreciated than you think. I hope to meet you in person some day and personally thank you for what you are doing in bringing back the fun for the game of the golf.

    Bob DiVenuti Tel. (727) 742-1607 bdivenuti@aol.com

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    1. Todd Graves says:

      You are welcome Bob. Thank you for your note.

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