The Golf Swing Instruction Minefield

Golfers are always wondering why they lose their golf swing in mid-round.

Why do I suddenly lose my golf swing out of the blue?

I get that question a lot. Ask most golf instructors and they will probably look at your golf swing and tell you what part of the swing caused the problem…

And the next time you lose your golf swing something else will be to blame so you’ll get a different fix…

And on and on until you either quit trying to play well or quit golf altogether.

I look at this situation much differently than most because I lived it all too much.

Figuring out this one problem is the turning point in my golf “life”.

Ask the right questions and sometimes the answers show themselves…

In essence, I had to learn of all this because besides my love of the game, I had a very injured back, a personal disgust with my sluggish progress when I was trying my hardest to learn this game (before I did it my way) and the absolute conviction that I would NOT let this game get the best of me…

It was a hard fought battle with the odds greatly against me but I won.

You see, there IS a reason golfers suddenly lose their golf swing in mid-round and it’s not what you may expect.

Many golfers blame themselves and it reinforces the myth that golf is a difficult game but the reality is…

Losing your golf swing is actually built into the golf swing instruction “sauce”!

Whether you are getting a golf lesson in person or watching video golf swing instruction online, the “sauce” that creates the problem is still there. Let me explain…

Whether you are getting a lesson from a PGA golf pro or viewing a golf swing instruction video online, the view of the swing is of the motion looking at the outside of the body.

But what do you as a golfer have to do in your mind to be able to make the movement your pro is telling you to make?

During a golf lesson, you try to make the move until he or she tells you it is correct… Then what do you do in your mind?

You try to make a mental note of how the new move FEELS so you can use that feel to repeat the move in practice and on the course.

You may practice using a mirror while trying to further tweak how the movement feels but ultimately, you must have some kind of feedback from your body to tell you if you are doing the movement correctly.

Here you need some kind of feel to repeat a good golf swing.

Here’s the catch:

If I line up 10 golfers and ask them to describe how the same movement feels, I will hear at least 8 different answers.

The difference between your pro SEES or what you see on video and what you are trying to FEEL  to make the move is the zone where the golf swing becomes difficult to repeat consistently. Your golf pro sees a movement visually but you must interpret what he is saying and make your movement based on feel. Even if you are looking at your own movement by video or in a mirror, you still need body feedback to recreate the movement.

The interpretation between the outer visual reference and your inner feel reference is where the golf swing gets lost. Not every person sees the same details looking at movement and most people feel things a little differently.

When I was playing all of the time, before I would play, I would hit a bucket of balls…NOT to warm up, but rather to try to dial in my FEEL swing thoughts for the round. Problem is, somewhere during the round, I stopped being able to feel the same things and I had no idea why. My practice was based on feel, so the “swing of the week” was actually the “feel of the week”!

When the feel was gone, I would try to see if any of the old feels would work, but the round became an effort to find SOME kind of golf swing to finish the round rather than focusing on hitting shots and scoring. It’s no fun.

Think about this: Every different feel was used to make the same golf swing. So over the course of a season I may have had 20 or so different feel thoughts to try to make the same golf swing. When I realized the insanity of it, I set out to finally solve this one glaring issue that no golf instruction professional will go near.

This happens to even the best golfers…

I met Curtis one afternoon as he was hitting balls on a range. Curtis was a local professional golfer playing a local tour with sporadic results. I met one of his friends and told him I could help and his friend talked Curtis into seeing me. I watched Curtis’s golf swing from a distance at first and I realized that he did not need any assistance with his golf swing. It was as good as any PGA pro on the PGA Tour.

When I approached Curtis and introduced myself, his first words were,”I want you to know I don’t believe in golf swing instructors!”

Curtis had built his golf swing himself and wanted nothing to do with swing changes.

I said, “Thanks goodness because neither do I.”

That stopped him in his tracks and he asked me how I could help him if I wasn’t going to look at his golf swing.

I want to stop this story for just a second and point out his prevailing thought that I have seen in just about every golfer I have met. This is important because to succeed, you need to realize this very thought is what is keeping you from attaining your goals.

He was sure that the only way to succeed was to build and practice a perfect golf swing.

Curtis was worried about the golf swing process but I was going to show him the inner secrets that make the golf swing consistent.

I explained to Curtis that I hadn’t seen a better golf swing, even on tour, but my expertise wasn’t on making the golf swing, it was on making the golf swing work efficiently and consistently. I asked Curtis to suspend his current beliefs and give me 30 minutes to demonstrate what I was talking about. If after 30 minutes he didn’t think it was worthy of his time we would part ways.

Curtis did everything I asked for the next 40 minutes and when we finished I asked him what he thought.

“I probably hit between 200 and 500 balls a day, but I have never gone 40 minutes without missing a shot… Until today!”

Curtis was sold. in the next year, his confidence soared, his earnings went up and he even tried to qualify for a local Web.com event. To give you an idea of the competition on the Web.com tour, he was playing with guys who had lost their card on the PGA Tour. He missed only two shots that day, shot a 65 and missed the cut by one stroke. Pretty good for his first time under that kind of pressure.

Keep in mind, once Curtis understood how to use my methods he was able to do the rest on his own. He only called me for yearly “tune ups” that would usually last about an hour.

So, what did I show Curtis that made such a difference? I showed him how to ground his swing feel points to gravity. Sounds weird, but gravity is the one force on Earth that never changes. We work against gravity all day long without thinking about it, but in golf consistency comes from working with gravity. When you use feel points that are grounded to gravity, those feels never dissipate nor do they change. With consistent body feedback, you can always make a consistent golf swing.

More to come…