it doesn’t matter if it’s an online student, a real life student, someone on Golfwrx who posts a video, or someone that sends me an email…
It is all the same story, they have a huge swing flaw that is preventing them from swinging freely and making good contact.
“That makes sense to me,” most of you are saying and I agree. Even PGA Tour players get locked into swing patterns that get in their way and prevent their best golf from happening.
Here is the issue. Every one of these people I try to assist is locked in a difficult swing pattern as direct result of implementing a cliche.
“I am trying to hold the angle and not cast.”-stuck underneath the plane, early extension, narrow arc, club open coming into impact, stalling lower body, late flip and shanks.
“I am trying to make a full turn.”-arm swing over running the shoulder turn and over rotated to the inside.
“I am trying to keep my head down.”-all arm swing, head dropping, double chicken wing.
“I am trying to swing inside out and hit a draw.”-back swing too far inside, over the top, or swinging too far from the inside and having a wide open club face coming into impact and a flip hook, early extension, stalled hips, vertical shoulder turn, etc.
…and on and on and combinations of cliches and on and on and on.
I have found that most people’s idea of what “inside/out” means is actually coming from extremely underneath the plane and flipping at impact.
I have found that people think making a full turn is taking the club to parallel with every club. What a stupid arbitrary place to call the end of an ideal backswing.
So between these cliches being misunderstood, mis-implemented or just plain being a pile of Bandini, I would say that all of them end up in disaster about 95% of the time…and that 5% is the random time where two negatives actually end in a positive.
In other words, they misunderstand a cliche and then implement it incorrectly and it ends up working.
Implementing a swing cliche is the equivalent of hearing a snippet on TV that drinking a glass of red whine occasionally is good for your heart and you do nothing but drink red whine as your entire diet. I don’t know too many of you that want to be a street wino.
Just like a balanced diet is what you can do to attempt to keep your body healthy, attempting to make an in sync swing is what you do to create lag, swing inside out, make a full turn, get maximum coil, etc., etc., etc.
Golf cliches are developing a world full of swing winos. You list me a cliche and I will tell you why it is wrong, how it is misinterpreted by most or how it is implemented incorrectly. I can also tell you how doing it correctly is a direct result of doing nothing more than attempting to link up your swing.