First off, none of the people I am going to rant about are stupid people, nor was it their first time at the golf course.
Something about a golf course and golf club that makes 80% of people’s brains escape their sculls and remain in escrow in thin air until the clubs go in the trunk and the car leaves the course.
Guy shows up with a 40 yard slice and says he wants help with it.
I tell him what to change. He hits a ball that could almost be called a cut and I tell him great job.
“…but it’s still slicing.”
A guy comes to me with a swing where his hands are barely at his right hip when he makes contact with 7-iron.
We make a couple of small changes and he starts delivering a vertical shaft to impact and gains almost a club.
“Fantastic work,” I say.
“Yes, but I have no shaft lean.”
Door number three cant hit a wedge on the face because he is well past parallel trying to hit it 60 yards.
“It worked ok for John Daly.”…and was serious.
I got an email 3 days later that said…”I hit a bucket today trying to shorten my swing and it didn’t work.-”
So apparently, Dustin Johnson was a 15 handicap, was told to bow his left wrist and one small bucket later, was winning at Pebble and sleeping with Paulina.
IT TAKES TIME TO IMPROVE YOUR SWING AND YOUR SCORES.
You want consistent, incremental improvement.
So to be fair, I also don’t believe you have to get worse before you get better.
If you get worse, either you aren’t doing the change properly, I (or whomever) haven’t given you the right change…or most likely, the change wasn’t understood or explained in a way that made feel sense to you.
The object is to be better 6 months from now and have a swing that will work if you live to be 100.