As a matter of fact, aside from Jim Furyk, they might have the worst golf swings on the PGA Tour…according to the narrow parameters of those we are supposed to listen to about our own games.
What do they have in common? When they woke up Saturday morning they were in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the PGA event in CT.
What does this all mean?
It means there is no “right” way to swing the golf club, regardless of what we are being told by “the experts.”
I know I have been vocal about Tiger’s swing issues and that is where we come to my theory on what is “right.”
“Right” is an individual thing, but there are a few fundamentals that you need to start with. Balance and turn are foremost in my mind as what is “right.” Actually I think what makes things easier is more important than what is “right.”
I’m going to repeat what I wrote here last month:
I hear you. If you ever saw my swing you’d throw up. It’s a combination of Natural Golf and the Jimmy Ballard sway theory except I sway my whole body right and do a Bobby Jones lag with my hands like picking up a heavy weight.
I then start moving my body forward while the club is only halfway back. I keep taking the club back while moving the body forward. When I can’t move the club back any longer I swing.
I went from shooting in the high 80’s with the traditional swing to the mid 70’s with this swing. Shot 1 over at De Bell last week and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
I’ve had dozens of lessons with several excellent teachers over the years and I just couldn’t get the traditional golf swing to work.
This one works so well I don’t even have to think about mechanics. Just keep it smooth.
Funny how golf works.
I’ll go a step further. Pat Harrington did an experiment where he would run up to the ball like a javelin thrower. stop and take a swing. The ball went 40 yards further than with his normal normal swing. He said it would be to hard to use that swing since you couldn’t always keep it straight.
He hit a bunch in a row straight . Sometimes conventional thinking can hurt you more than help you if what you are doing unconventionally meshes with your natural instincts.
I am an admittedly average putter. I miss 3 footers with astonishing regularity for a single digit handicap. However, I hardly ever miss them if I simply walk up & knock it in the hole, one-handed. I may not have missed one of those this year, but I know I missed two five footers for birdies yesterday.
I am convinced that the more athletic & reflexive you can make the game of golf, the easier it will be for you. I don’t think this is any sort of deep insight – just that we get in our own way & stifle our natural athleticism way too much.