Almost all theories and methods that are prevalent today have one thing in common.
They make sense because they are the opposite of bad or they have been proven to be “correct” with a computer.
Lag, coil, inside/out (to right field as in yesterday’s post), swinging like Iron Byron, putting like Perfie, widening the arc, etc.
All of these things have another thing in common. Implementing them is a disaster.
Making one facet of the swing the focus…copying what another person (or robot) does… doing the opposite of something bad…doing what the math tells you…all do one thing.
They isolate the swing into parts.
Now I realize any improvement in the swing involves working on something and that isolates the swing into parts, but I like to make a distinction.
If you start from the beginning of the swing (butterfly effect-link) things will progress more toward finding your own personal swing, instead of the swing someone else has…or what some scientist who has never played golf invented…or even worse, trying to do the opposite of bad.
“Finding the problem is hard, fixing it is easy.” That seems to be the mantra of golf instruction these days.
I think figuring out what the problem is is quite simple, while finding the simple swing thought/feel that produces long term results is quite difficult as everyone’s feel, body and thought processes are so different.
That is why I hate swing systems so bad. How in the world do you tailor a swing to people of different body types, skill levels and brain functions.
Everyone has their own personal swing that will work for them (Furyk, Fowler, Trevino, Nicklaus, etc.), the object is to find that by eliminate the things preventing it from happening.
You start with the setup, move on to the first part of the takeaway and so on.
A rhetorical question. How am I at 6’2″ and 200+ pounds going to build a consistent move by copying the swing of Bantum Ben? The answer is I couldn’t and I wish someone would have told me this in my teens and I wouldn’t have spent the last 25 years trying to find the fairway consistently and hit wedges close with a narrow plane and stuck underneath.
OK, maybe it wasn’t rhetorical after all. I opened the door for me to make yet another rant. 😀