Interview with Manuel Lim III

What do people reading your e-book expect to get out of it?
Some information and entertainment, I hope. The information side would be more of small nuggets of wisdom than anything earth-shaking or paradigm-shifting. I think any avid golfer would find it interesting.
What were your motivations for writing the e-book?
The book served as a kind of journal, or reminder, if you will, for everything I've done in trying to improve my golf swing, both physically and mentally. And this journal I chose to convert into a more readable and entertaining form and share it with everyone else.
What was the greatest improvement the book made on you and your golf swing?
I now have a swing I'm comfortable with, a swing I can tweak and improve, and one that does not give me injuries. I used to have a swing that I was subconsciously battling against. I picked up my old swing the way I guess most people pick up their swings - from instructors, media, and watching others. For my new swing, I did the left-brain thing - create a body of logic in creating the swing, and of course a lot of trial-and-error, but in the end, the new swing was a swing that my body and brain understood and accepted.
What distinguishes your book from the many other golf books in the market?
The golf swing is such a personal thing - it differs from one person to another, and may differ in one person from one time to another. However, it has the same fundamentals, there are only a very few physical laws governing the golf swing. In a way that's how my book shares similarities with other books, it only differs in the way I describe it.

From the start also I have disclaimed that I'm promising any solution to anyone else's golf swing. I just want the book to be a good read, with a few nuggets of wisdom and entertainment here and there.

There are many other things that differentiate it from other golf books, such as dwarves and cobras - the animal kind, not the golf club kind, but the reader will have to dig deeper into the book.
How hard or easy was the book to write?
It was easy to produce the material - it just kind of popped out of my head. However, I was doing my best to prevent the book from being too preachy. It's not more of "hey you've got to learn this swing or you'll be doomed to your handicap forever", it's more of "hey take a look at this and you may be able to pick up a thing or two."

However, the mental and attitudinal side was more difficult - more of an emotional hara-kiri - an emotional public evisceration - because golf is such a humbling sport. I needed to be critical of my own poor emotional and mental state while in the game, to make a point on how in golf mental and emotional conditioning is equally important to the physical aspects of the golf swing.
What can the ladies and young ones learn from your book?
The book is not exactly adult material, I guess anyone who is allowed to swear can read it. I must admit it is written by a guy, so it has a kind of "bro" feel to it, which the ladies may find slightly chauvinistic.

However, my new swing relies more on speed and timing rather than physical strength, as I'm not exactly the Hulk. In many ways, ladies and juniors who swing well rely on speed and timing, just like I do, rather than physical strength.
So how is your golf swing now?
After almost a year since the writing of the book, my swing is a lot better. While I'm happy by myself with it, many have complimented it.

I am making less mistakes, and the changes are very minor. That means the new swing is fundamentally sound.
In spite of your new golf swing, doesn't it bother you that you're stuck with the same handicap as when you started the swing change?
Not really. My objective, as the book implies, is to find a better swing. Not to have a better score. I need to play more, practice more, for the handicap to improve, just like everyone else. The new swing is not a magic bullet.

That said, maintaining my handicap, with my new swing, feels more like I'm playing golf rather than a trip to the dentist, a court summons, or the confessional box. With my old swings, scrapping out my handicap was emotionally, mentally and physically taxing. It took everything out of me. Getting a good score then was a hit-or-miss affair.

These days, with my new swing, my scores would be not so much higher than my handicap.

Lastly, you could say that my new swing allowed me to maintain my handicap AND do more general goofing off in the golf course.
What was the most difficult part of your swing change?
Definitely being patient with losing bets to buddies while the new swing was taking effect. Sometimes it was there, sometimes I reverted to my old swing. That takes patience.
Any parting words of wisdom to the readers?
Of course, go get my book. I wish their reading it would validate that I created something substantial.

Kidding aside, golf is very much a mental game as a physical one. A two-foot putt does not require much physical prowess. But we have all seen a pro miss it.
Published 2013-12-07.
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