John D. Scott demonstrates a golf swing that
resembles a baseball swing, which he says is easy to learn,
less strenuous on the body and allows people of all
abilities to dive into the game.
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TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC - Believe it or not, but the man firmly
entrenched in the batter’s stance at Wisconsin Indoor Golf,
W359-N5740 Brown St. in the Town of Oconomowoc, is actually
there to help people refine their golf game.
If you can
swing a bat, says alternative golf instructor John D. Scott, you
can pick up a hybrid golf club and use roughly the same motion
to hit a golf ball with accuracy.
that the reasons a person may choose this style of swing, or
other non-traditional approaches, are varied. Straying from the
traditional golf swing can allow people to get into the game
more quickly, to put less strain on their body and to rediscover
the game after hiatuses due to injury or other reasons.
sat down with Scott to discuss the alternative techniques,
focusing on the baseball swing that can knock balls out of the
ENTERPRISE: What is your history with the game?
been a golfer since 1963. I started when I was 12 years old and
was on the golf team in high school. I actually left baseball
for golf. Then I joined the Navy and didn’t play as often, or at
ENTERPRISE: What drew you back to the game?
SCOTT: I came
back to golf when all of the technological advances started.
There was curiosity about what all of the new technology could
do. I am a baby boomer and physically limited, owing to spinal
issues, so I can’t do all of the twisting and turning that the
traditional swing requires.
seven different swing styles since then. There is one for
ENTERPRISE: How did you discover the
professional baseball player Sean Smith, who is the director of
the STiKS Academy & Sports Training in Oconomowoc, shared the
technique with me. I had been wondering, ‘What if a baseball
player didn’t really have to change his or her swing to hit a
Scott demonstrates the more traditional golf swing,
which he says can put strain on the body
of a baby boomer such as himself.
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right tool, the baseball form does click in and a baseball
player can slug the ball and play the game.
You have time
to think about where the ball is and really focus in on it since
there’s no pitcher.
ENTERPRISE: Does your knowledge of alternative
swings help people get into the game of golf more quickly?
instructors will take a look at your swing and ask, ‘Where did
you learn to put your fingers like that?’ They’ll try to change
your approach to the way they want you to swing. In the world of
alternative golf, that doesn’t matter.
learn the core, then learn more. Using the core of the body to
swing teaches all of the vital motions needed to hit a golf
ball. It is easier to add components to a swing than to remove
remove components from a swing.
ENTERPRISE: How is your golf game?
SCOTT: I’m 63
years old and I can drive the ball 240 to 260 yards using the
baseball swing. This technique takes minimal time to learn and
allows non-golfers to learn the game quickly, and those with
physical disabilities to play the game.
can play the game with their grandchild, proudly volunteering to
drive the ball onto the green and letting the kid play it in
from there. This allows for that camaraderie on the golf course.