Renslow: Solutions for two common concerns |

Renslow: Solutions for two common concerns

Please accept my apologies in advance for a shameless plug.

For 25 years, I have been playing and teaching others about this great game and I’ve also learned a tremendous amount along the way. One of those things is that you need to feel comfortable and confident in order for the game to be fun.

So many people come to me with one of two (or both) concerns. First, we’re afraid that we’ll be paired with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods on the first tee.

“What do I say?” “How do I act?” “What in the heck do I do?”

Or, second, we just don’t feel that our golf game is consistent enough. A dozen swings produce a dozen different results and it would change our game to develop a swing that could produce similar results.

Solving the first issue is a relatively quick fix. Several years ago, I had a number of school teachers in a summer group golf class. My instructional programs include stories and insider information on the golf industry and culture of the game. This encompasses everything from why a golf ball has dimples to using the game as a tool to increase your income.

The group urged me to wrap this collection of fun stuff and invaluable information in a tidy, portable package. My book, “In the Loop: A Crash Course in the Golf Culture” was created. It contains nuggets and morsels that golfers need to enjoy the game and get an invitation to play some golf from their boss or some new friends.

Granted, we all want to become better players. But, for us recreational golfers, in some senses this is true – it doesn’t matter how you play, it’s how you look!

Now, concerning our second issue – playing a more consistent game of golf. Simply put, get together with a local PGA professional and map out a plan.

One of the unique things about this game is a common thread, a mind set, that believes a day will come with a piece of information will change their game forever. Golf is not a mystery, there are proven paths to a repetitive swing. Yet, this is a process, like skiing or perhaps martial arts.

The path and the plan require a knowledgeable guide. Even the best players in the world don’t try it themselves. All of the top players, Mickelson, McIlroy, and Michelle Wie are under the watchful eye of a trained professional and you should too.

It’s no fun to spin your wheels and wonder why your golf game is not consistent. The next time you’re in the pro shop, just ask about golf lessons. Your local PGA pro is ready to turn a frustrating (Mark Twain called it a ‘good walk spoiled’) day into a fun round of golf.

John Renslow is general manager and director of golf at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at

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