I have recently come to the conclusion that the main reason most average golfers don’t get better is caused by a very unrealistic expectation that most golfers have in common.
They believe that their Swing can improve and feel comfortable at the same time. Unfortunately I have some bad news; if it doesn’t feel different it isn’t different.
I recently did a survey of golfers that shoot in the mid 80’s or higher which is the vast majority. I had them pick their favorite golf swing on tour and imagine that the next time they went to the golf course they could swing just like that. Then I asked if they thought it would immediately feel good or awkward. Over 90 percent thought it would feel good instantly.
That unrealistic expectation right there is going to stop them from ever getting better. If you instantly swing exactly like Adam Scott or Fred Couples, or whomever, you might whiff the ball the first time because it would feel so different to you.
I have had students coming to for years expecting me to work miracles and the most difficult part of golf instruction is getting to them to understand that that they can improve quickly but it is going to feel a little different than what they are used to.
Fixing a slice is very simple. All you have to do is show the student how to relax their grip and use their hands properly. It is really the natural hand action, but because it is different from what they have been doing it is going to feel different for a short period of time.
The key here is in just understanding that it has to feel different to be better. It is similar to driving to work every day and one morning they close your normal exit ramp. Even if the new exit ramp makes the drive faster, it will take you a little while to get comfortable with it.
I agree with the legendary golf instructor, John Jacobs, when he said:
“The golf swing is largely a natural action. Yet all over the world golf courses are full of people trying to play the game who have never learned this basic fact, or whose preoccupation with some more abstruse mechanics of the game has made them lose sight of the importance of simply swinging.”
The bottom line is just work on learning to feel the club head and swing it even if it feels a little different at first.
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