I sent gwlee my ‘list’ of what my golf swing is for 2011 about a month ago and told him this is it. This is how I’m going to swing the golf club this year, I’m not changing anything. My list has always been about simplifying the process of swinging the club; setup, grip, how to take the club back, transition, impact, follow through, etc… I always thought that if I could just simplify & nail the process down, I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore and I could get on to ‘playing golf’ . Well, about 2 or 3 weeks ago I was at the range and hitting the ball pretty decent but I stepped back for a second as the sun came out and it felt really good so I just paused to enjoy it. Out of nowhere, I thought to myself what if I just discarded absolutely all swing thoughts, not just simplify the list but completely eliminate it and just hit the ball. What happened was nothing short of miraculous, I hit ball after ball like a tour pro. When I did hit a couple of little misses in a row, a little more draw than I wanted, I didn’t change my swing, I looked to my grip and noticed that I had let it get a little strong, then hit ball after ball just as pretty as you please. I got so cocky, I decided to start working the ball the other way, I weakened my grip a little more, opened my stance a little, and just like I knew what the hell I’m doing I hit the ball I saw in my head over and over again. I did this through the bag, I got to my driver and was hitting the ball just a little higher than I wanted, I took the club back just a little lower and started absolutely killing it.
I started looking at the golf swing like I did when I was learning to perfect a sport as a kid. I didn’t go through some complicated process. I learned to wheelie my bicycle in an afternoon, I could keep the bike on one wheel for a mile if I wanted to and it wasn’t complicated, push down on the pedal, pull up on the handlebars and keep my balance. Did anyone ever judge me because my spine angle was not exactly the way they’d like to see it or that my hands were gripping the handlebars a certain way when doing a wheelie. No, all that mattered was that I could do it. I’ve been such an idiot for making the golf swing way more complicated than it really is. I’ve been to the range a couple of times since that original session and things have been really good. Hit the ball good, have a couple of misses, make an intuitive small adjustment, hit the ball really good some more 🙂