Here is why you need to make slow changes…

and only work on one thing at a time (and there will be a video Friday or Monday illustrating what I am talking about today).

The golf swing is a butterfly effect. Everything you do affects the way the rest of the swing progresses. When you make a change, it changes the way the rest of the swing works.

When you have bad posture, setup, or a swing fault, your body creates multiple compensations to make up for it.

Once you fix something, the compensations are still there and will create bad shots. Here is the good news. When you start doing something better, the body adjusts and eliminates the compensations, but you need to allow that to happen.

That is why you work on one thing at a time, starting with setup and posture…then the beginning of the back swing and so on.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. Let’s say you have awful posture at address that doesn’t allow your shoulders to turn away freely. That will generally make your arms swing too far inside, then your hands compensate by coming over the top and you shut down your lower body to allow this to happen…followed by holding on for dear life so the ball doesn’t go left.

That is actually a fairly short list of compensations, but if you did nothing but change your posture, your shot pattern would be unrecognizable. If you tried to take it more outside on the takeaway, tried to swing more inside/out, lead with the lower body and hold the lag…the list of things that could go wrong with all of these competing forces is infinite.

The real solution is to improve your posture and see what happens…then move on to swing thought number one which would address the first part of the takeaway…and so on.

The object is not to fix everything wrong today and expect to shoot low tomorrow. It’s to make slow changes one at a time, see what happens, then move on to the next and know that 6 months from now you will be better…and 6 months after that you will be better again.

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  1. Bob Saunders

    Great post. I am ready to get off of the merry go round; start with the basics and build from there.

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