“Tyreese”, a character played by Chad Coleman (@ChadLColeman), recently lost that battle after suffering a walker bite on his left arm, to which manual amputation failed. The surprising plot twist unfolded in the mid-season premier…and many fans are still mourning the loss of the very popular character. But there is an upside to the killing of Tyreese, Coleman now has a little extra time to work on his golf game.
The golf bug bit Chad about a year before the fatal walker bite. He was invited to a special celebrity golf outing last summer, and although he was totally new to the sport, Coleman joined the action on the course. Frustrated after struggling through most of the round, Chad found himself in a greenside bunker on the final hole of the day. He grabbed a sand wedge, focused for one final swing, and blasted the ball beautifully onto the green. Coleman then sunk the putt, acknowledged the applause, and was firmly hooked on golf.
Chad tracked me down for a lesson earlier this week, and we both enjoyed the experience at Drive495 in New York City thanks to owners Don (@donsaladino) and Joe Saladino. The bright lights, autograph sessions and comic con appearances have Coleman as humble as ever, knowing that his popularity comes from the fans and he is more than willing to wait until every fan in line has their chance to meet, chat, take a photo and get a signature. Almost as if he's the Phil Mickelson of the walker world! He certainly enjoys the success of his career, but keeps everything in perspective…and he truly appreciates his audience. He also appreciates a simple and visual approach to golf instruction.
We focused on the look and feel of a proper set-up, and eliminated excess movement in the swing. After establishing the proper tilted axis, we worked on achieving a relaxed and flowing swing to the finish.
Most who are new to golf are amazed at how far the golf ball travels with a relaxed swing. “Trying” to HIT a ball leads to tension and inconsistency. Chad improved quickly when he transformed the HIT into a relaxed SWING (yes, easier said than done…but it CAN happen). With a solid set-up and some confidence-building drills, Coleman is well on his way to a new, exciting level of play. Tyreese may be dead, but Coleman’s golf game is very much alive.
So don’t just sit there like a walker…take a tip from Chad and call your local PGA Professional. Today is the day to start your journey to better scores and more enjoyment on the golf course!
And to learn more about Chad's latest project, TreadWater, click here.