If You Could Change One Thing….

Swing Changes

What would you change in your swing?

If you could change one thing about your golf swing, what would it be? Would you adjust your shoulder turn? Would you increase your hip rotation? Would you delay your wrist release? What would your one change be?

Through the years I have attempted to change every aspect of my swing. It was all a very slow process and I am far from finished. My changes have had mixed reviews, but each adventure increases my knowledge and understanding of golf.

My journey to scratch golf experienced many peaks and valleys, but the process has been very rewarding. I will have to say that some of my success were the result of changing something different as long as I was paying attention.

In earlier posts, I discussed Opening Pandora’s Box, The Domino Effect, and Pareto’s Theory, and everyone one of these posts have a direct effect on the rest of this article.

So back to my original question; If you could change one thing about your golf swing, what would it be? Before I suggest what I would change and what you think you should change, consider the following:

  • What are the follow-on effects will occur by making the change?
  • What change will have the greatest long-term impact?
  • What change will force a change in other areas of your swing?
  • Will a quick change improve your golf scores?
  • What is the final goal or expectations from the change?
  • Are you mentally prepared for a drastic improvement in your golf game?

These and likely many other questions should be addressed before making any change – quick or deliberate. Even simple changes to your golf swing change several secondary aspects of your swing mechanics! So beware of what you ask!

As I have stated before, I like to tinker with all aspects of my game. So, if the magical golf fairy gave me one wish, I would change my the amount of torque generated between my initial hip turn and then movement of my shoulders! My choice is founded on much introspection and I decided that to go to the next level a need to develop more power through all my woods, hybrid and irons!

I believe that this change will affect my club choice, alignment, and course management. I am sure there are others that do not immediately come to mind, but I would be ready! So the secondary effects are just as exciting as the initial change.

The question remains: if you could change one thing about your golf swing, what would it be?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

8 thoughts on “If You Could Change One Thing….

  1. Jim,

    My bugaboo is maintaining my spine angle on the downswing. This has been a very tough nut to crack and is the source of my inconsistent ball striking.




    • Brian

      I understand what you are saying. Spine angle is very important and something that I struggle with from time to time. I wish you luck fixing your challenge and if you find a solution, please pass it on!



  2. Jim,

    There isn’t one single thing I’d like to change about my swing. I try and learn to embrace and love my swing while working to maintain fundamentals, with minor adjustments along the way, if necessary, depending on the results I’m getting!


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    • Josh

      That is a great holistic approach to golf and I applaud your view on working with what you have. Sometimes a simple question about what you would like to have instantly change opens avenues of thought that may lead to changes to improve your swing. I know what I have to work on next year….creating more torque. Thanks for weighing in!


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      • Jim – absolutely! That is fantastic. In no way do I think there aren’t changes that will improve my swing, but I am certainly happy building off of what I have naturally and being realistic with the changes…I’m just not yearning to swing like Rory or something hahaha

        Look forward to hearing about the extra torque in the upcoming season!



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