Let me first start by saying that 60 days is certainly a length of time to dedicate to a training program. If you're looking for a quick fix to your golf swing, then the Tathata 60-day Program may not be for you. However, if you're interested in something that will completely transform your game, then this may be what you're looking for.
This program is not for the golfer who intends to take one lesson and walk away playing better. This is more of a whole body and mind overhaul that teaches you the mechanics from the very beginning. It takes time. It takes having an open mind. Every lesson is pretty simple, but you must be willing to dedicate 45 to 55 minutes to each lesson.
About the Program
Bryan Hepler is the founder of Tathata Golf and the guide for this 60-day program. The benefits of this program are that it's easy to follow and I can do it at my own pace. As of today, I've been through 5 sessions in the past two weeks. While, this is a slower pace than I'd like or than the program calendars suggest, it has still been beneficial.
During the first session, I learned quickly that Hepler's way of teaching has a sort of Eastern feel. It's much like being in a yoga session, especially when getting to the mental training. His voice is usually soothing and he tends to repeat the same concepts over and over in each lesson. This actually is really helpful to retain the information.
There are two parts to this training: the body movements and the mental training. During the first few sessions, Hepler takes you through learning all of the "body movements" and basic principles of the mental training. While it's interesting, it can get pretty repetitive and if you're anything like me, then you'll find yourself itching to get to the next lesson quicker.
Each lesson is comprised of these body movements. As you go through the lessons, you'll find these body movements naturally become easier. It takes a few times to get used to them, but over time your body will find them easier to do and you'll become more flexible.
At the end of each lesson there is a quick note from Hepler and a short quiz to take. The quizzes are far from difficult, but work to reinforce what you've learned. Be on the lookout for some really cheesy sayings and "feel-goody" language. Like I said, keep an open mind.
After five sessions, I've completely transformed my swing and am really happy with the results. Now, I strike the ball with confidence and make contact each time. I've even improved my distances by about 10 yards. When I began the training, I was really shaken up with my game. I couldn't even keep score for a couple of weekends because it was so bad.
Within two weeks, I shot under 100 for the first time in the two years that I've been golfing. So far, I'm very impressed with the results, but I believe it's going to take completing the 60-day program and continuing with the training to keep this momentum going.
I already feel that if I take too long between sessions, I'm losing some of the body movements and knowledge from the previous session. So, I'm off to my next lesson!
Stay tuned for more on the Tathata Golf 60-Day Training Sessions.
Update: As of May 2016, I'm really excited to have a partnership with Tathata Golf that gets you a discount and allows me to share this program with more people. Go to tathatagolf.com/goflerbabe to learn more.
I read this article in a Southwest Airlines Magazine several months ago. A man, not quite young for starting his golfing career, decided to quit his job and commit to becoming a PGA pro. But, how realistic is this?
His entire life, claims the article, he has been someone who is very enthusiastic, but not into commitment. He quits everything he starts after just a few tries. Maybe it's lack of interest. Maybe it's lack of attention. Whatever the case, golf is one of those sports that takes much more than just 10,000 hours and some commitment.
He's using the theory that 10,000 hours of practice will create perfection. Perfection is a stretch, but I'm guessing he's also getting some high-end lessons along with extra course time. Did I also mention that this man, named Dan by the way, never played golf in his life before making a decision to begin this journey.
Dan is doing the impossible. While the article is more than uplifting, creating a picture of a man who isn't willing to fail and start from nothing to become great, it's had some time to sink in with me. I've been playing for two years now. That's quite a bit of time to learn and improve, and while I surely haven't had 10,000 hours of practice, I have learned that golf isn't the type of sport you can just learn, practice, and excel at. It's an art.
My swing feels like it changes when I don't get out to the range enough. I feel as though one tiny drop in focus can create a swing-altering habit. I've sort of become a pessimist when it comes to Dan's story because of these nuances. Does Dan truly think he can just pick up golf and become a professional with practice? I know many men who have committed themselves to practicing and learning the golf art and still don't make the cut for the PGA.
Part of me wants to see this guy succeed, while the other part of me wants to believe the difference between shooting in the 70s on the weekends with friends and being a PGA player is talent, natural ability, and passion. I'd be amazed if Dan has what it takes to compete with all of those golfers out there who don't just want to be PGA tour players, it's their one passion in life.
Where is Dan now I wonder? Has he done it or will he do it? I'm on a mission to find out!
April of this year was around the time I started playing more often. While I haven't played as much recently, I'm really excited to start monitoring the changes the in my swing and giving updates on my game. I've been shooting around 100 for the last two months and I'm lurking very close to breaking that mark. Hopefully in the next few months, I'll be able to do it. I know there are several things I need to work on and I'm very open to anyone who has some tips. So bring it on!
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