(This is a re-post, but it is such a good one, I will re-post it occasionally for the new readers and as a reminder to those who have seen it already. I was reminded by a reader on the message board…and by the time many of you are reading this, a little girl will be born to ruin my life 13 years from now when stupid teenage boys start coming to the house.)
…and everyone has a different feel of what they do, compared to what they are actually doing.
Those facts are why systems that promote one way of doing things are flawed.
I obviously cannot cover the feels and understanding of every golfer, but what I can do is use terms and feels that most will understand…and also acknowledge that I agree there are different perspectives that will work.
Straight spine and other oxymoronic terms have been discussed here. They don’t mean anything, but are accepted as terms to replace long drawn out explanations. Shoulder turn is another.
The point of this post is not to buy into any of these terms or feels. What we all as golfers need to do is find a guide (which I am trying to provide) to making things simpler to find the feels that will make us better.
I use the term, “turn the shoulders 90* to the spine.” A poster said that means nothing to him, but turning his back to the target and turning his chest to the target makes more sense. I say great if that gets him into a natural body movement.
What each of you personally has to understand is two things.
1. “Feel is not real.” What you feel you are doing…is almost NEVER what you are actually doing.
2. Because of #1, you have to find a feel that creates the NATURAL movement you want. It might be what I say, it might be something you come up with on your own, it might be your wife walking in the room while you are practicing your setup saying, “you look like one of those hoity toity Olympic gymnasts.”
What is really important is that you approach #2 while completely understanding #1.
In other words, trying to hit a tennis top spin forehand might create a proper release for you. Thinking of how it makes you feel watching the intro to Baywatch might might be the feel that makes you release it properly. That is why the “plane and release by feel” video is so good. If shows you what plane and release feel like, then you can interpret what that feel is and try and reproduce it.
The same can be said for the many other drills. Try to find the feel that ACTUALLY produces the natural movement you want.
The golf swing is a trial and error process for everyone, but I can tell you one thing. Using trial and error to find the feels that create the movements you want that work individually for you, works a lot better than trying to manufacture an entire swing of positions that are supposed to be correct for everyone.
The important point in all of this. Make sure what you are trying to do and what you are doing are the same thing.
Everyone has a cell phone camera ready to assist you. 🙂