I talked about the Butterfly Effect (LINK) and how it only allows you to work on one thing at a time. More specifically, the first thing that is going wrong.
Well, it doesn’t get any “firster” than your setup. I was hitting the ball poorly, at least I thought I was and the guy hitting balls next to me comes up and says…”Wow, you hit the ball a ton. I notice that your shoulders are pointed left of your feet and your clubface is pointed right. Does that help you swing more inside out and create more lag.”
After having a few minutes with this nice fellow explaining to him my philosophies of the golf swing and life in general, I laid down a dowel rod at my feet and put a shaft in front of my shoulders. Low and behold he was correct and I think I have had this problem for sometime. Never thought to notice it as it wasn’t awful.
Moral to the story. If you are struggling, check your setup before you start adding a series of pathetic band aids that will probably ruin your swing for the next 15 years. 😀