Focusing on the Right Fix in Your Golf Swing

14th Hole Roundel Glen

“Can’t see the forest for the trees!”

Most golfers are fixers or at least we think we are. We have a tendency to tinker with all parts of golf swing because we think that a tweak here and a tweak there is exactly what we need. Unfortunately, as the above quote suggests that many of us are too involved in the details of a problem to look at the entire situation.

Not focusing on the right fix, adjusting our golf swing can cause a domino effect of challenges. Most of us like to jump in and change something because it lets us think we are making progress and improving. However, I would suggest steaming ahead without looking at the whole process is folly. The holistic approach is critical to identifying the ‘root cause’ to any swing challenges

Many amateurs have unique golf swings. Generally, we are self-taught and pick up tips from our friends from time to time. We work on our game trying to find that golden nugget of success that will miraculously improve our scores. However, the result of our toil is adjusting many parts of our swing to point when our fixes need fixing.

If you research ways to fix your golf swing, there are several ways to approach swing changes. Your skill level, knowledge of the golf swing and willingness to change will directly influence your path. However, finding the ‘root cause’ is a process unique to each person. As I study the possibilities, I find that there are three basic methods to look at your whole swing to pinpoint that one fix area. Of course, these are very broad, but I think they are helpful to examine.

The first is self-diagnosis: grabbing a camera, videotaping your swing, and watching it over and over. This hunt and peck method works very well for experienced players who understand swing mechanics. They might be able to notice the root cause to swing challenges, however the average player will not. The method is allows for the uniqueness of your swing due to your physical attributes to remain part of the solution. This is the most difficult method to employ.

Using technology is the second method of analyzing your swing. Taping your swing and submitting it to an electronic swing analyzer works well for those who need some help understanding what they are looking at. It provides a visual example and potential solutions to fixing your swing. This method has great value for some players and can produce the results they need, but there is still a requirement to understand the mechanics of the golf swing. Using technology is generally simple and easier than the first method, yet I am not convinced it would be my first step to my holistic approach.

The last method is the traditional one of seeking professional help. This method helps you pinpoint some of your challenges and with right professional, understand how to fix it. Taking a lesson or two will help you focus on the correct things to change and will increase the expected results of lower golf scores.

Point of note: Before we go any further, I want to re-emphasize that it is important to know the difference between a teacher and a coach. I believe you might want to read one of my previous articles on this topic. Also, it is important you find a professional who wants to help fix your swing, not change it to match someone else’s swing. These two minor points will make the difference between in the outcome of your lesson.

Back on track. If I was a novice player again, I would follow the above methods in reverse order. I would take a few lessons, then use an electronic swing analyzer, and then head off on my own for a while. I would repeat this process in this order as often as required.

It is easy to become zeroed in on a proposed change without realizing the impact it has on your overall swing. Although I am a seasoned player, I do catch myself from time to time focusing on white noise instead of the root cause. How about you, can you see the forest?

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

8 thoughts on “Focusing on the Right Fix in Your Golf Swing

  1. Interestingly enough, I had my first session with a pro for years last week. Although I thought I had a fundamentally sound swing, it was amazing just how far I had gone off track by trying to fix myself.

    I had tinkered with one part of the swing and then progressively added in compensations in other parts to try to make things work. Seeing the numbers on flightscope with a pro pointing things out was a pretty sobering experience!

    Now we’ll see how long it takes to work all those kinks back out!
    Nick

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  2. I used 1 & 2 for 16 years or so untii I ran into trouble with a monster hook I just couldn’t get rid of. I took one single lesson and learned more about how to swing correctly than I did in the almost two decades I spent on my own.

    Of course, that required a little time for that lesson to sink in and for my body and mind to get comfortable with it. But it was more than worth it. My lowest score this past year was 6 strokes better than my best over those 16 years before. And consistency has increased as well.

    And more importantly, I now have a better idea of what went wrong when I hit a bad shot. Before it was usually the exact opposite of what I thought it was.

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  3. Jim,

    I am working with my instructor regularly this winter to improve my swing. We’ve committed to a longer term project to make my swing more efficient and reliable for years to come…he said to me the other day “the road to scratch (and staying there) isn’t paved with quick fixes”

    Cheers
    Josh

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  4. Jim, having tried all three, it’s fairly safe to say that more of #3 and less of 1&2 would have been more beneficial for me. #1 can be very tricky and somewhat damaging to your game if you consume too much of the wrong information and try to implement fixes. Lord knows, I’m as guilty as the next guy on that one.

    Thanks!

    Brian

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