That is the secret to the golf swing and golf instruction.
I am a little peeved right now. I spent 10 years trying to “perfect” my swing. All I did was put myself into a getting into a pin hole trying to hit every position, restricted natural movements and gave myself no margin for error.
The last 2 months training for the Remax, I did one thing. Do whatever I could to make room for me to swing hard.
Guess what? My “golf” swing got better. The day after I was knocked out, I played in the pro-am. It was a format called a Schamble. Everyone drives, you take the best drive and play your own ball in from there.
We used my drive on 17 holes. The only one we didn’t use my drive on was a par 5 that I drove through the middle of the fairway into a creek. I layed up with 8 iron and hit LW to 4 feet and made birdie that hole…and shot 63. The greens were awful and I missed some 8-15 footers. It was the easiest 63 I have ever shot and it was on a course that was visually uncomfortable and a course I would often have problems on.
So all of those people that told me I needed to give up long drive, tone my swing down and get things lined up better…well, let’s not blame them. I was ignorant and listened.
I know I come off as an arrogant know it all, but I think I fall under the cliche of the more you know, the more you realize how little you actually know.
Unlike many swing aficionados and gurus that think they have the swing down…I feel I learn something new every time I practice and every time I give a lesson. That is not hyperbole either. I quite literally learn something new every day.
What I learned last week was my philosophy that creating space is more important than positions…is even more important than I had previously realized.
Which brings me to my issue with a one plane and/or very flat swing. I have no problem with the theory on paper, but Matt Kucher notwithstanding, it is too hard for most golfers to get their left arm that low without getting it too much across their chest, too inside and getting steep and/or stuck on the way down. There is too little margin for error.
I know you can’t mix one plane and two plane motions, blah, blah blah, but it is my opinion that it is easier for most golfers to work on a two plane swing and some may stumble into a perfect one plane swing…whereas working to perfect a one plane swing ends up in something they can’t manage.
For all of those who don’t care about that mumbo jumbo…just give your self more room.
…and you don’t do that by standing farther away. Proper tilt at impact, proper in sync rotation and keeping your arms in front of you.
I will be discussing this more in the coming weeks and months.