Fifty years after my golfing friend, Jerry Warren, set the NCAA scoring record for kickers his competitive streak drove him to golf Moe’s Way.
Last week, he shot his career-best 67 during our Saturday morning skins game.
He told me later that the feeling he had making birdies on 14,15,16 and 17 as his body began to tingle in a way he only experienced once before in sports—the day he booted the NCAA record-breaking field goal for North Carolina State against ACC rival Clemson.
I got his exciting Moe’s way personal best story a week later, having missed that skins game by lollygagging around Myrtle Beach surf that Saturday morning in an anniversary toe dip.
We’re often teamed together, so my pride in his accomplishment would have been heightened as my eyewitness. Why? ‘Cuz about a year ago, I guess Jerry got tired of watching me plunk it down the middle and asked about Moe’s way.
So, I gave him an old copy of A Lifetime of Better Golf quickly pointing out some of the improvements Todd has made in The Single Plane Solution and gave him my copy of that DVD.
That’s it. Jerry went on to do it his way—sort of like Moe’s way, I guess.
High-performance athletes seem to have the ability to assimilate and execute given their drive, talent, and personal motivators. Jerry sure did, and now I’m chasing his butt.
Be careful what you wish for, I guess.
Here is Jerry’s story in his own words:
Using Moe Norman’s swing for the past 15 months, my handicap has dropped from 10 to 4.5.
I shot my age last August, 70 (1 under) and shot par for the first time.
Last Saturday’s 67 was another personal best.
Birdied No one from 15 feet.
Then hit a tree on par 5 No 2 bouncing into a hazard — missed six-footers for par-bogey.
Hit a seven iron on 3 to 4 feet birdie.
Hit a nine iron on 4 to 2 feet birdie.
No five sand wedge to 6 feet for birdie.
From 25 feet on 6 I managed to 3 putts for bogey.
Chipped up on 7 and missed 4-foot swinger for bogey.
Topped tee ball on 8, missed 15 footers for par.
The 15-foot birdie putt on 9 ended up a tap-in for my only pair on front 9.
Even par on front.
On 10 had a six-footer across edge ending in par.
On 11 had a ten footer I miss read and parred the hole.
On 12, had a 15-foot side hill downhill ending in par.
13 was a 30 footer that stopped close for par.
Par 5 14, a chip from the edge of green spun out of hole resulting in a bird.
Par 3 15, hit to 6 feet for birdie.
Par 4 16 I hit to 4 feet for a bird.
Par 3 17 I hit to 2 feet for a bird.
After four birdies in row Par 5 18 awaited.
I was tingling, so I cautiously hit to 30 feet in 2, and then three put for par.
Four under on the back.
That tingling anticipation reminded me of the same feeling as I went on the field at Clemson in 1967 to kick a record NCAA field goal.
Thank you, Moe.
Gerald “Jerry” Warren