Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Has John Daly Really Changed?
John Daly is to golf commitment what Brett Favre is to retirement. One minute, you think the guy is finally done with all the shenanigans that have landed him in divorce, jail and, even worse, the European Tour (kidding).
For some reason, like my buddy Ryan Wilson pointed out at FanHouse, this is the first time I can actually believe Daly. Unlike the past, when his "re-commitment" was only drinking beer instead of Whiskey, Daly has decided to lose weight, get a stable (we're assuming) girlfriend, and grind it out with his golf game. At 43, it must be setting in that Daly won't have his abilities for much longer, so he might as well harness it while he still can.
Daly commented this week that his short game has been giving him fits, and that he is currently working on the putting so he can be more consistent in his upcoming tournaments. Quick, tell me the last time a story about Daly concentrating solely on his golf game? It sure seems like its been a while.
"I love the way I am hitting the ball, I just didn't think my putter would be this bad," said Daly, who is 196th in putting. "It's tough when you hit it so good and don't score. Rick has got his work cut out for him with my putting." ...
"He's aiming poorly, which makes you compensate in your stroke," Smith said. "We have to get his aim right and then put the forward press in his stroke like it used to be years ago, and that creates better rhythm. It's a little different feeling but it's a good one, and if the putts start going in, he's really going to do something because he's hitting the ball great."
We all know what Daly can do when he focuses on his golf game. The question is, will we be fooled into thinking another wolf is headed our way, or will this finally be the year that Daly decides to stop being ridiculous, and start being real?
I, for one, hope he has changed. Having Daly around is one of the best things that could happen to golf.
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