Fewer compensations in the golf swing leads to better shots and more consistent results. The fewer compensations a player has, the less they have to rely on “timing” the shot with the hands through impact, which gives them more control over the golf ball and ultimately, lower scores. My job is to look at a players swing, understand their ball flight and ask the question “why did that happen” until I reach the root cause of the problem, which, if addressed, leads to permanent changes and more consistent golf. Finding the root cause and working on things in the correct order allows the player to get things for “free”; faults in the swing that are effects rather than causes clear up when the root cause is addressed.
I don’t teach “band aid” fixes, which although instantly successful, rarely last more than a few rounds; the golfer often ends up back where they started. There are no quick fixes in this game, but if a player is willing to make an effort to understand their swing, practise properly and put in the time and effort, they can improve dramatically.
I don’t teach a specific methodology as I don’t believe everyone can/should swing the same (we all have different body types, ranges of motion etc). I have spent years analysing the swings of the games best players, from past greats such as Ben Hogan and Sam Snead to modern players such as Tiger Woods, in an effort to find the common denominators that make them great players.
In golf, you either make the club release or you allow it to release itself. I believe the most consistent way to play is by allowing the club to react to the pivot (body motion) and for physics to square the face with a passive release of the hands and arms. Fundamentals are essential to playing good golf, this means a good grip/setup and a dynamic pivot action. The action of the hands and arms should be blended with the pivot motion to create an “in-sync” golf swing. For a “passive” delivery of the golf club and for more consistency, I favour a rotational golf swing where the big muscles control the smaller muscles.
Many players fail to make lasting changes/improvements in their game because:
• They work on the effects rather than the causes
• They work on them in the wrong way
• They are not consistent in what they work on
“If the ball is doing the same thing, then you haven’t changed anything”
Many golfers feel as though they are improving, when in reality there is very little change. One of the reasons I use video analysis is to help players differentiate between feel (what the player feels they are doing) and real (what they are actually doing), the two are rarely the same. Many players will have different swing thoughts from week to week (some even rounds to round). Working on different things every time you play leads to frustration as nothing ever really changes. To make a lasting change, players need to practice the correct things in the correct way until they are able to perform the movement pattern with little or no conscious thought.