Paying Attention to the Small Details of Your Golf Swing

Lets face it, understanding all the aspects of a golf swing is difficult. The number of moving parts that must miraculously align on contact is pretty astounding. I have studied my swing for years and still find things that need fixing. For example, my post yesterday on creating lag on my down swing, I mean holy smokes, this is a fundamental thing that I have overlooked for years. It blows my mind!

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Paying attention to the finer aspects of our golf swing is vital to improvement. Which grip we us and how we hold the club is fundamental to a golf swing. However once in a while,  I will hold the club in the wrong position by overlooking the small details of my grip.

I have recently noticed that both my feet flare out from square. I am not as concerned about my front foot as I am about my back. So, this is another small detail I must focus upon to make sure I am completing all the mechanics needed for a consistent swing.

I bet you are wondering where this diatribe came from? Well it is pretty simple; look at this recent poll and see if you can notice my mistake.

The intent was to get a feel about whether players were bothered about others playing out of turn around the green. Besides being concerned that 15% of the respondents do not know what ready golf is, look closely at the first and second answer. They mean exactly the same! I know that some polls are meant to be funny and glib, but this poll was not. I was not paying attention to the small details and overlooked the big picture!

Fixing aspects of my golf game is exactly the same. I sometimes become so focused on specific details, miss the big picture, small picture or the effect it has on the rest of my game. The domino effect is something I need to keep in the back of my mind when ever making changes. I need to always pay attention to the smaller details to make sure I am improving my whole game and not one part at the detriment of another.

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

Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.

4 thoughts on “Paying Attention to the Small Details of Your Golf Swing

  1. Jim, a word of caution here. I would focus on changes that you have time to commit to in practice and are low enough impact that you can work them and still enjoy playing. For example, the toe alignment thing is minor and can easily be addressed. The lag aspect is quite different and is more of a reaction to movements made earlier in the swing. Hiving tried to increase lag myself, I’ve learned that if you mess with that too much, you can twist yourself into a swing thought pretzel.

    You already play this game better than 99% of all amateurs who tee it up and I would only ask that you look at the handful of pros who were on top of their games and started to monkey too much with their swings. Tiger and Luke Donald come to mind, Tweak and be grateful for what you’ve got.

    Good luck with whatever you take on!


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    • Brian

      This is great sage advice as always. I agree that a major change by creating lag could have devastating results if I am not prepared to put the time in to make it work. However, as I get older, I want to swing the clubs easier, but not loose any distance or control. I think that looking at various aspects of my game is important ensure I stay sharp. I definitely understand your point, I have a question, did your efforts to increase your lag time work out?


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      • Jim, I apologize for the verbosity of this comment 🙂

        The lag story: My initial attempts using the lag drill did not work because I was trying to manipulate my hand action to create the lag and delay the hit. It only served to screw up my timing. The work my instructor has done this year with me has helped to correct. Our objective was to eliminate my hands flipping through the hitting zone and initialize the strike with my body. Essentially, delaying the hit and increasing lag. We’ve corrected my hand position at the top and focused on starting my swing from the ground up. It is not easy after doing it one way for over 40 years and I have dedicated the entire season to working the change. I will probably have to dedicate next season as well but it’s coming.

        In my case, learning to hit shots with your body is more easily accomplished with short irons. We rarely go longer than a 7-iron in my lessons and do lots of work with the wedges. As a result, I’ve noticed better ability to compress my short irons and a much more consistent strike inside of 125 yards. I’ve also picked up some distance with my driver even though that was not a goal. The long irons are still a work in progress.

        My target was to average 10 GIR for the 2017 season. For the last ten years, I’ve averaged just over eight. Through 32 rounds, I’m at 9.25 and will likely not make my goal, but the improvement of 1+ GIR per round has been huge and my confidence inside of 125 yards is the differentiation. It’s been a very satisfying year and I’m highly motivated to continue this for the remainder of the season and into next.

        I’ve looked at the videos you’ve posted of your swing. You have great tempo and a very smooth action and I wouldn’t monkey with that. It does appear that you could try and get into your left side a bit more at the start of your downswing to get more power. It’s more of a complex change than you might think. My recommendation would be to find an instructor, clearly state what you are trying to do, and stick with him/her if you like their teaching style. I tried to go it alone for years and couldn’t make the change. Lastly, you probably know this because you’ve played for so long, but forget instant improvement; it’s a journey with ups and downs. As long as you’re trending positive, you should take some satisfaction from that.

        Good luck!


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