(skip to the last line if you don’t want to read my ranting and raving 😀 )
“Feel is not real.”
No truer words were ever spoken about the golf swing. Jim Furyk says he feels like he swings like Hogan. Need I say more?
Many people get angry when they hear that. They disagree or resign themselves to the fact that they can’t get better without learning the swing in parts…i.e. learning to hit positions in the swing.
Aye, there’s the rub. If your feel is not real and you try to learn the swing in parts…is that not the worst recipe for disaster imaginable?
Making your golf swing better is not about adhering to an arbitrary standard. It is about making your swing fit you and be more efficient.
“How do I do that?”
Well, you must understand your feel. Your feel is the swing your body creates at this moment with no purposely performed manipulation. More often than not, that won’t be efficient.
To digress a moment, my philosophy of the golf swing is the exact opposite of almost everyone out there. Most people think diagnosing the problem is difficult and the fix is simple. I believe the diagnosis is extremely simple and the fix is a long drawn out, “retraining the feel,” process.
In other words, most instructors (pro and rank amateur alike) have a laundry list if nitpicks that all need to be addressed at the same time and a quick fix tip at the ready to cure each one.
I believe there is usually one or two issues in a golf swing that cause the rest of the problems. Once you address those problems, it’s a two step process.
1. Find out what feels are creating that issue(s).
2. Find a drill/swing thought/different feel to replace the bad one…and over the course of time, the new feel will become automatic.
Important Addendum. As I have said before, you don’t cure a problem by doing the opposite of that problem. You don’t cure aiming way left by feeling like you aim way right, because eventually you will be aiming right.
YOU NEED TO FIND THE FEEL THAT CREATES THE DESIRED RESULT. That is sometimes a trial and error process, but far from insurmountable.