I have used this term privately to some readers, in a comment or two and buried in the middle of a previous post, but it is an apt comparison and I wanted to give it more consideration.
The golf swing should not be about hitting every “perfect” position and body movement. What a perfect position is changes between body types and skill levels.
Being “on plane” or “in the slot” should not be a pin head sized window throughout the whole swing.
A car is a relatively large object to keep in a small freeway lane doing 60-80 MPH, but many of us do it quite easily, even while dealing with unruly children, talking on a cell phone, listening to the radio and putting on makeup at the same time (obviously I was talking about the women with the makeup 🙂 ). You just have to pay attention to where you are going.
However, if I told you to drive your car at that speed while keeping the front left tire a constant 19.141519″ from the left line, while keeping your left elbow bent at 32* and your right foot is to depress the gas pedal in a specific motion while keeping your right knee…you get the idea…too much thought for a simple process and I would crash the car if I did all that.
Wow! Guess what happens when you do that with your golf swing? The golf equivalent of an auto accident…hitting it though the stained glass window of someone’s house.
Getting the club in the right positions is just like driving a car. In a car you need to have the seat setup properly for you to comfortably control the steering wheel and pedals…and you need to avoid excess movements that will prevent you from keeping the car in between the lines. The same holds true for a golf swing.
It’s a bit over simplistic, but then again, it isn’t. Driving was hard to get used to when you first did it, but now, it’s an almost automatic process. Just like in driving, when swinging the golf club you just need to do what it takes to keep it in between the lines and allow yourself to create the movements automatically…so you can pay attention to where you are going…the fairway green, flag stick or hole.