I am not arrogant or self righteous enough to think that what follows is the best way, but I find it hard to believe it is not the simplest way.
I picked up a club and practiced yesterday for the first time in 4 months…the ten balls I hit to warm up the other day not really counting. This is about as virgin a feel as I have experienced since I took up the game. It gave me a chance to purge all of the garbage that had crept into my game the last 10-15 years.
This practice session confirmed what I had surmised. A golf swing can be categorized into three issues.
1. THE MAIN ISSUE-A good shoulder turn and proper release are the base for hitting the ball solid.
2. Issue #2-Setup (including grip and posture), rhythm and balance. The better these are, the easier it makes #1.
3. Issue #3-Basically the category much of this blog has covered. The things that get in the way of allowing #1 to happen…and how to avoid them.
It used to take me 2 weeks to a month to get some semblance of touch and feel after a month layoff. I went out there today after 4 months of no golf and chipped with nothing but shoulder turn and release. It was literally the most consistent I have chipped since the mid 90’s. I also had no problem controlling spin and trajectory on wedge shots. That was always an issue in my game. Considering the layoff was due to allowing an elbow injury to heel and I have a history of lower back issues…I stopped at wedges. I know this for sure. I used to have a harder time with chipping and wedges after a layoff than driver…and I expect this time to be no different.
As far as some thinking issue #2 is a higher priority. I tried some experiments. I added bad posture, balance and rhythm one at a time to a good shoulder turn and release. I still chipped fine, but it was not as easy.
I then setup perfectly, with perfect balance and rhythm and threw a flat shoulder turn…then separately…a few different bad releases. I layed the sod over most of those.
This is a small sample size to to think I have confirmed my hypothesis, but here is how I feel.
After today, there is no question in my mind that I will be a Tour level player again. The PGA Tour players better hope I don’t find a sponsor and an affordable nanny. It would be really embarrassing for them for a 43/44 year old man to come out on the Tour, “out of nowhere,” and have a respectable finish on the money list and lead the Tour in driving distance.
Actually, that would be more embarrassing for the gurus with complicated systems. 😀
I’m fired up!!!!!!!!