FB's first encounter with Bert Weedon's Play in a Day was less than fully successful. He took up the slim volume in confident expectation, only to find that after 24 hours in the nets neither his cover drive nor his away swinger was showing any sign of improvement.
Some such as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May are reported to have made instant progress with the book. What did they have that FB lacked? No one knows.
As soon as FB recognised that this manual was about guitar playing and not cricket, he began to make progress. Painfully slow, but progress none the less. Even so his fingers remained stubbornly reluctant to move easily across the finger board. Then he took his batting gloves off. Get Blisters in a Day might have been a better title for that seemed the only product of FB's first efforts. Nevertheless he has successfully found his niche among the great guitar players and remains a guitarist of 4th XI standard.
FB cannot recall any equivalent coaching manual on cricket from his younger days. He is sure there were copious such manuals but none came his way. Such knowledge as he gained about cricket came from word of mouth and risked being confused with knowledge about the birds and bees that was similarly communicated between pubescent youngsters. All full tosses, bouncers and no balls.
By contrast with the lack of coaching manuals to assist his cricket, FB has had the benefit of a vast library of instruction on golf featuring advice from every top player and coach of the last 20 years. The long game, the short game, the tactical game. Avoid the sand, save from the sand. There is not an aspect of golf that FB cannot quote several authoritative sources on. FB has memorised, visualised and internalised it all. He can recount it, analyse it, even draw the diagrams. At one time he was just about competent on the course with a declining handicap, but all this learning has rendered FB completely inept. 4th XI standard is nowhere within reach. A handicap is a thing of the past. So inept has he become, as tournament player's secrets have heaped themselves on tournament player's secrets, that this year he has finally forsaken golf and declined to renew his golf club membership. So much time and money spent to no avail; he should have stuck with the guitar.
So farewell Bert Weedon - thanks for everything. Play in a Day, FB wishes it were so.