Working on one thing at a time.

This really is an important issue. Way too many teaching pros and amateur range gurus will tell you everything that is wrong with your swing. I include self diagnosis in this.

In a word: HORRIBLE!!!!!

Not only is it bad because you can’t think of so many things and implement them in the approximately one second a golf swing takes place…there is a bigger issue.

When you fix the first problem in your swing, it affects how the rest of the swing works and you may eliminate any or all of the problems that occur after that. So working on more than one problem at a time is not only way too demanding mentally, it is ineffective.

Even worse, you may make some of the problems double in the negative column by working on more than one at a time.

Here is a video that some of you may not have seen, but it gives a very elementary demonstration of why you should only work on one thing at a time. Sometimes just a setup change will be enough to start with…showing that you should attack the problems one at a time in the order they occur and hopefully eliminate some of the subsequent ones automatically.

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1 Comment

  1. S.

    Much of what you say is true. However, since everything is co-dependent, it also opens the possibility that things will get worse before they get better.

    Most gurus mistake results for causes. A pretty good test for golf info is, does it work with baseball? Does swing plane work with baseball? Or turning your hips at a baseball, or holding lag? Trying to maintain spine angle?

    I think most students would be helped if they had a valid concept of what they’re trying to do. If they’re trying to resist with their hips and turn their shoulders (something I read a few days on a golf magazine’s online version), I don’t see how the student could succeed.

    A good teaching pro (for amateurs) should know drills than induce a good “feel,” and forget the geometry and the things that students can’t observe for themselves.

    The devilish thing about it is that the same swing-thoughts probably won’t work for everyone.


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