To All Students of the Game,
I have been encouraged to write a personal blog gathered from the daily lessons that I receive from my students and my mentors on their great battles on and off the golf course. My first lesson comes from being inspired by the passion of my 93-year-old student whose name will remain anonymous – let us just call him John. John, like all of us who witnessed Peter Thomson play the game, was saddened by the loss of one of our golfing legends. John followed Peter Thomson’s journey from his early days at Royal Park and then Victoria Golf Club and right up until his passing on June 20, 2018.
Peter Thomson and Peter Croker – September 30, 2017
Our first lesson for all who aspire to play this game of golf well or at least on an improving basis comes from advice given to me by the great man himself. I had dropped into Peter and Mary’s home in Toorak to deliver a signed copy of the latest Book by Bob Toski (a great name in the world of golf instruction from the 1950’s through the 1980’s) Bob Toski was 91 when he wrote his latest Golf Book and he wanted Peter Thomson to have a copy along with his sincere best wishes. Over a toasted ham and tomato sandwich and a cup of tea, Peter shared some sage words of advice for me to pass on to my son, Ben. I had mentioned how Ben was training to go for his Tour Card in December 2018 and was keen to find an extra 30 metres off the tee. I assured Peter that Ben was accurate off the tee but he was consistently 20 plus metres behind most of his competition. Ben was carrying the drive 235 metres consistently, but an extra 20 metres would mean carrying the fairway bunkers and 2 to 3 clubs less to hit into the green. The advice Peter gave me that I truly believe to be a “Foundation Stone” to build your golf swing on. “GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF “HOW FAR” but a GAME OF “HOW NEAR”