Did Joe get his fairytale ending?
Golf Monthly|November 2021
In the final part of Project Joe, we find out if this beginner golfer can achieve his goal of breaking 100
JOEL TADMAN

So, after months of trying to master the game from a standing start, beginner golfer Joe Brewin came to his final round of Project Joe still yet to shoot that elusive score in the 90s. He met up with PGA Pro James Whittemore at Wellingborough Golf Club, an admittedly difficult course for the task that lay ahead, for one final tune up before taking on the challenge. Would the lessons and new clubs courtesy of Cobra Puma Golf finally reap the rewards?

Joe’s assessment

Football, Bill Shankly once declared, is a simple game complicated by idiots. Well my name is Joe, and I am an idiot. Golf has turned out to be a complicated sport for me – much more than I’d ever anticipated when taking it up. As it turns out, it’s also a lot harder than I thought it would ever be and, boy, do you need to invest serious time to make yourself better. With a six-month-old son and full-time job, that hasn’t been quite as easy as I’d hoped – for some reason, “Goodbye, see you in four hours” doesn’t always go down especially well at home with the wife.

Since beginning this series with Cobra Golf, though, there’s no doubt that I’ve improved significantly; everything from basic posture to my swing is better than it was three months ago, thanks to the help of coach James Whittemore and my own practice.

The custom-fitted clubs have been an absolute dream – hit them as sweetly as I know I can and I’m still thinking about the connection hours later. There’s also a hell of a lot to learn, though, and it’s mostly swimming around my head: are my knees bent too much? Is my grip relaxed? Am I rotating enough? Am I snatching too quickly? What on earth are my wrists doing? Am I lined up properly?

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