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|Moe Norman has a legion of followers dur to his creation of Natural Golf. (Courtesy photo)|
When legendary golf teacher Moe Norman came up with the premise for Natural Golf, he likely never dreamed of the interest and controversy it would create. Norman's creation promises the simplest swing in golf, and he has plenty of devoted followers who swear by the "uncomplicated" method.
And while some critics and golf purists have taken aim at Natural Golf, it has grown into somewhat of a cult for its followers. Norman, who brought a bigger-than-life personality to his instructions, died in 2004, but his followers still consider him "The greatest Ball-Striker of all time."
"Why am I the greatest ball-striker? Because I have the least moving parts," said Norman.
Here is what some readers had to say to following an article on Norman that appeared in BadGolfer.com.
I had my first golf experience today, ever. Never swung a club beyond putt-putt. After one day of private lessons in the Natural Golf "concept" I was driving perfectly straight at nearly 200 yards.
Taking a golf class is embarrassing when you are 31 years old. What would have been more embarrassing? Having to play a round, as you call it, and hitting the ball like the other guys with expensive clubs, shoes and stogies. I am a computer nerd that hasn't exercised in over five years beyond walking to a vending machine. I would and will recommend Natural Golf to any of my other sunshine deprived brethren who need to learn how to start playing golf.
I will also recommend it to anyone I speak with that says they have trouble. Well, let's face it, I don't know any golfers but I am sure that I will be meeting some soon.
If you've ever seen any footage of Moe hitting the ball you would have seen golfing greatness.
I took up Natural Golf a few years ago and my game has dramatically improved from high 100s to low 80s and this month I broke 80 twice from the gold (7,000-yard) tees. My handicap has dropped below 10 for the first time in my life. My back feels great. I can easily play two rounds per day.
Natural Golf has been the best thing to happen to my golf game ever. I hit it so far and straight that my golfing friends have nicknamed it "un-Natural Golf." If you want to play better golf, just play Natural Golf.
(Note: I am not associated with the Natural Golf people in any way - just a huge fan of NG and Moe Norman)
Natural Golf is fantastic, easier to learn and more reproducible. In tennis, which I also play, there are many swings and grips. Why not in golf? Natural Golf is a good alternative and should be taught more often because it is much easier to learn.
I started playing golf when I was 6 and played until high school when I switched to tennis. After I was injured, I came back to golf in my late 30s. After two years working on my conventional swing, I was about a 22 index.
Then, one day, after a particularly horrible round with pro Kevin Sutherland in a charity event, I went home, ordered the Natural Golf tapes and changed my swing. After two years, I am now a 14 index and have broken 80 three times. It works.
-- Liz Gordon
August 7, 2006
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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