What does chopping wood have to do with the golf swing?
Swinging a weighted implement
Chopping wood shares many similarities to swinging a golf club. You have a long handle and the business end is heavy in relation to the stick it’s attached to. If you want to do damage you have to let go and allow the weight of the head to do its job. You can’t muscle it with your hands and arms. There is a gathering of speed with the max velocity being reached right at impact to deliver the most powerful blow possible to some poor piece of wood or golf ball, whichever kind of ax swinging you’ve decided to engage in.
Golf in the woods
In this October 2012 update I played a round outside of Lake Tahoe at Northstar Resort. There were 9 tight holes played in the woods (the back 9, which is where we started our round as they use a 10 a.m. shotgun start during the fall due to morning frost) and 9 holes set out in the open which seemed like an afterthought. A beautiful setting for half of the time was good enough.
Bear in mind when watching the video that I have never in my life chopped wood, I grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and never even went camping until I was in my 20s. I’m now learning to appreciate the outdoors and an Airstream trailer will be my home in retirement, traveling to different golf destinations. My wife can come with and run the video camera.