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One of the greatest success stories in recent years on the PGA Tour has been the resurgence of Pat Perez… you know, the guy who once tomahawked his 3 wood down the fairway on 18 at Pebble Beach. Personally, I love that kind of fire and emotion in a player (within reason), because it shows he truly cares. And let’s be honest, Perez is a fan favorite, a draw, and he’s great for the game whether you like him or not. I think he’s great.

One thing about Perez is that he dances to the beat of his own drummer, just like Grayson Murray and many others who have found success in professional golf. But that does not mean he is aloof or rude, as some may think, it just means he does his own thing when the majority goes another direction. I encourage golfers, or just people in general, to have a little more of this individuality. It’s easy to follow the masses, but that doesn’t always lead to success or happiness.

I like the fact that after his victory at the CIMB Classic he said that he won’t change a thing; he won’t work out, he’ll continue to have a crappy diet, and he’s unapologetic about either. And why change? He stuck to his guns and it’s worked for him.

This leads me back to the golfer of today. All too often we change to the popular club just because everyone else is using it, or get the hottest new set of irons because we see others having success with them. It’s important, however, not to follow a trend, but to assess YOUR game and decide what’s best for you. If you need to play irons with a little more forgiveness, but purchase a “players iron” because your buddy has them, this will only hinder your improvement. Also, don’t feel pressure to change out your 10-year-old driver if the new equipment doesn’t help much; at the end of the day, who cares how many sky marks are on your driver if it helps you find fairways! The scorecard doesn’t care how new your clubs are, that’s for sure.

The same goes for instruction, or your mental game. If you’ve found something that works for you, don’t look to the masses for conviction that it’s best for you. Often times, teachers or coaches want to fit you into a swing mold, or a mental state, in order to fit in with the masses. Imagine if a swing coach told Furyk to change his move, or told Pat Perez to become less passionate and eat better; maybe those players would not have found the success they have.

Remember to chase YOUR dreams in the way that suits you best. Combine this with hard work, and you’ll be the one laughing in the end.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. UYNWARH

    Oct 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Salty salty. Everyone so salty. Haters be haters. Keep swinging Mr. Perez!

  2. Dave Doesitall

    Oct 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I think it’s great the way Double P carries himself.. I’m pretty sure he could care less what anybody thinks. The great thing about him and this article is the fact your can carry yourself anyway you want in the good old USA… Sure their are consequences, but if you don’t care about them then whop de frickin do…If people want to emulate him that’s their choice. If people want to ridicule him, then that’s their choice. If people want to raise their kids like him, then that’s their choice. It’s time for everyone to wake up and accept all sorts of people and their personalities.

    • C.B.

      Oct 30, 2017 at 2:27 am

      You would know, you terrorize everybody here every day with your incessant nonsense with so many pseudonyms

  3. Jose Pinatas

    Oct 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Amen bro… The conformists are dead!!! March to your own beat.. Double P is flame….. So many people agitated by people wanting do do there own thing these days… Man if you as a person is happy, then who cares about what others think… American way brah!!!

    • C.B.

      Oct 30, 2017 at 2:29 am

      Don’t you know it’s you? with your …… you just can’t stop using these …… dots……. huh? Just go away man or go see a psychiatrist in Hollywood, may be they can use your multiple characters in some Hannibal Lecktor movie

      • Dave Doesitall

        Oct 30, 2017 at 4:46 am

        Peace not war brah……………..

  4. Mr.X

    Oct 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Pat “3-wood” Perez > Tiger “DUI” Wood

  5. TexasSnowman

    Oct 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I think PP is a spoiled jerk. Winning a few/many tour event does not make one a role model to be emulated.

  6. Tommy

    Oct 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I forgot to mention the de rigueur Harley. You can’t truly be a tool like Perez without one of those. What a surprise. A custom Harley-Davidson, imagine that….so original. He tries pretty hard for someone who “doesn’t care what anyone thinks”. All I see is someone trying really hard to draw attention to himself, marching to the beat of every other tool in town. Not original Tom. I guess that explains why all the dentists, accountants, and realtors can’t wait to buy their “original” lifestyle, just like Pat does.

  7. Vancouver Mellencamp

    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Lol at Pat Perez being a draw.

  8. Tommy

    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Where have you been TS? ”Do it your way” “march to your own beat”, “don’t care what anybody else thinks”. That’s original? It’s so normal now that it’s boring. There are so many idiots like him around that the “conformist” is the original these days. Pat Perez is a rich, spoiled baby and you think he’s cool…good for you. I can send you to plenty of places where EVERYONE is like him; rude, boorish, profane, and not original…at all, especially trying as hard as he does to appear that way. Have you never been to Las Vegas? He’s like a cookie-cutter Las Vegas douche. You can go there and find thousands of PP’s there on any weekend. Wow, a 2000 hp GT-R. So cool, if you’re fifteen. Throw clubs if you care. Only on WRX..

  9. BIG STU

    Oct 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    One of the best written articles I have seen on here in a while. Right or wrong I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer in golf as well as life. I do things my way period right or wrong! That goes for my equipment too. Any one who knows me on WRX or in real life will tell you that. Some folks must have a boring life following the mainstream around.

  10. maxdist

    Oct 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    “One of the greatest success stories in recent years on the PGA Tour has been the resurgence of Pat Perez… you know, the guy who once tomahawked his 3 wood down the fairway on 18 at Pebble Beach. Personally, I love that kind of fire and emotion in a player (within reason), because it shows he truly cares. And let’s be honest, Perez is a fan favorite, a draw, and he’s great for the game whether you like him or not. I think he’s great.”
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    Tiger!! Where are you Tiger??!!!

  11. Isac

    Oct 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Video of pat Perez tomahawking his three Wood?
    ?

  12. jerseychris

    Oct 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Right. Is Pat Perez using any 10 year old clubs? This sight becomes more and more useless.

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