A swing for all seasons

Yes, I do believe the most efficient way to play golf is having the same feel for every club and shot.

The difference in swings are going to be dictated by ball position, length of club, posture and length of back swing (the only thing you should have any conscious difference).

The important part is to have the body parts in sync the same way for every club and shot. The hip and shoulder rotation, the natural, constant release, etc.

The more things that are constant, the more you will be able to repeat them.

An LW is a short club and the lie angle is more upright. This will promote a more upright, steeper swing and by virtue of the ball being father back, a very descending blow at the ball.

The driver is longer, flatter lie and the ball position being farther forward will dictate a flatter swing and a less steep angle of attack allowing you to hit it on a level plane…or as some like to, slightly on the upswing.

A knock down shot will have a different angle of attack by virtue of ball position and the spine being more in front of the ball at address.

You get the idea. The point is to have one general, in sync feel that works for every club and most shots.

The exceptions are funky shots like massive hooks and slices from out of the trees and such. Possibly a slight change in perception when you work the ball the opposite way for what is your natural shot.

My father-in-law was about a 35 handicap and he once told me he had about 15-20 different swings he would use.

I then told him in the course of a good round of golf, I would have two. My regular swing and one that creates a different kind of shot.

He then told me about all of the hand manipulations he would use to hit different shots with different clubs. I told him he didn’t hit different shots…they are all the same bad shot. 😀

As soon as I convinced him to stick to one way of swinging, whether it was a 20 yard pitch, a 5 iron or a driver…he immediately improved to a 25.

Every different swing he had was a direct (and usually incorrect) implementation of a Golf Digest article he had read over the past 20 years.

The breaking the hands and fanning the club wide open at impact to hit a high soft chip (flop shot), was my favorite. He alternated between blading it over the green and fanning the club so open, he would go under the ball and advance it a few feet…or less.




  1. Calvin D

    A lot of us have gone through your father-in-law’s 20 swing system. It has one redeeming quality. It should teach you what doesn’t work.
    The golf swing offers an almost limitless platform for experimentation. I also see a lot of people who have played for years with the same bad swing who can’t break 90 and those people are really puzzling to me. I think experimenting can be a good thing for some.

  2. S.

    Jack Nicklaus said basically the same thing. (His video runs 3:34)


    I think Jack meant to say it’s the same for all *standard* shots. You take it even farther, applying it to chips.

    I’ve found a “feel” that I can even use with putting. Same fundamental process, driver to putter.

    • Bob34

      Jack’s “Golf my Way” video was the first instruction I ever recieved and there are a few things that have always stuck with me no matter what other instructor I’ve been to; Use the same swing for all normal shots, only change setup and ball position to change ball flight, and align the clubface then body using a blade of grass or something a few feet in front of the ball to the target.

      I agree with Calvin about the experimentation, it’s taught me I can hit a good golf shot a lot of different ways and my experimentation has always been a long the lines of does this change work for chipping through driver? I’m on to a swing that pretty much does now (Just freakin let everything turn back and through around a steady head, a little for a chip and a lot for driver) I just need to do that consistently to get more even more consistent 🙂


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