Great article @Ebs02. This eloquently states how I’ve felt the last 15 years since I graduated.
I wasn’t a great college player, and my coach said I was ‘uncoachable’. He spent time trying to ‘fix’ my swing which had better results before the fix, and he taught old school strategy and taught a tactical approach vs the grip it and rip it of my youth. It wasn’t all bad coaching, as I was pretty stubborn and thought I knew more than I did.
I remember being shocked around 2013 when a young kid with a more modern driver was smoking it past my R7 Quad, which was by far the longest driver I’d had up to that point but had become ancient.
I’ve worked to get more fit in my 30’s, and now at 37 hit it as long as I ever have. I know that club technology is a huge part of it, but understanding optimal launch conditions has made my swing better too. And the shot link data, along with being a dad and playing only a few weekends a month have helped me temper my expectations and keep my emotions in check. I SEND IT every chance I get and still play aggressively, but with understanding shot patterns and dispersion, I’m much better at picking targets.
While some of the old wisdom is getting debunked by data, I still think there is a great benefit to reading guys like Penick, who have seen massive changes to the game in their time. I’m a better player now than I ever was, but I’m still trying to get better and learn more about the game. Maybe when I’m 50 or 60 I’ll be longer than I am now. Maybe not, but I’ll keep striving.