I have just returned from an incredibly awesome, yet incredibly frustrating golfing weekend away. I have “lost my swing”! I played terrible golf and sometimes feel like I am holding the wrong end of the club.
If you are a golfer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I can remember a patch of golf not too long ago that I couldn’t shoot above 74 if I tried. Now I’m ecstatic if I shoot a 76! So what the bleeep has happened to my golf game??!! The answer is simple. I need a golf lesson!
How can things suddenly go so terribly wrong you ask? Well, it’s easy to explain. As a decent golfer, we are working on little things like left index finger’s knuckle position in the take-away, right foot position at the top of the backswing, what angle the left nostril is pointing at in my follow through etc. The problem is that we are very seldom having anyone with a trained eye look at the big picture.
Usually it is something simple to fix. Something like a small posture change, or a clubface position change due to a slightly strong grip or something along those lines. This usually takes around 10 minutes to adjust and get comfortable with. Why then does he need an hour worth of tuition? Because as an egotistical golfer, he needs his ego stroked for a full hour! There is nothing more comforting than somebody with a trained eye telling you that you are in a good position in your golf swing and that you are swinging WELL! Why on earth do you think professional tour golfers hire coaches for thousands of US dollars per month. Well, the playing pro obviously has a decent swing. He wouldn’t be doing it for a living if he didn’t. However, he needs to be told over and over again that he is swinging well and hitting the ball solidly by somebody who knows what he’s talking about. If he is feeling good about his swing, he is surely going to feel better on the golf course, and therefore shoot better numbers, and therefore make more money, and therefore keep paying his coach thousands of dollars every month to keep him confident!
Now this is not to say that your swing is perfect and you don’t need any work done whatsoever. You more than likely do need to see it on camera and understand a few more things about what your body is doing through your swing, but seeing yourself on camera is honestly the best thing you can do for yourself. Sometimes it’s ugly, but it really does help to see where you’re at.
A prime example is one of my students who has since become a good friend. He is a 2 handicapper. He had lost his swing, and I eventually coaxed him into coming for a lesson. He hit balls for 10 minutes. I put him on camera and we chatted about a few little things in his swing, but the most noticeable thing was his setup position and his poor posture. We fixed that in 5 minutes. He hit some smashing drives and left with a smile on his face. He shot some great scores over the next month, and then slowly started deteriorating again. He asked me what he was doing wrong. All I said was, you haven’t come for a lesson in a while. He has a booking this week.