When is the worse time to make changes to your golf swing? Depending who you talk too, anytime will be the most popular answer. However, experience tells me that this answer is probably not the best for trying to play consistent golf. Over the years, I have tried to make changes during the middle of a round and rarely, and I mean rarely, has it work out in my favor. But does that really mean that making changes mid-round is a bad thing. What do you think?
Before you start lamenting and agreeing with me, let’s be honest; we have all tried to make changes during the middle of play due to frustration and poor ball contact. It is the curse of most amateur golfers. Not being patient enough to wait until their game comes around. I asked this very question and this is what you said:
As the poll went on, one other response caught my attention:
After some thought, this should have been my number one answer. I think of all the adjustments, I moved my ball position the most. I am not sure why I did not think of it first, but thanks to Padraig for showing me the errors of my ways. Michael Breed describes ball position as:
I am not sure I agree completely with Breed, but I remember making all these adjustments during a round or two in the past. Now, I purposely make changes forward and back to control my trajectory to make my shot, but not to try to fix a possible error in my swing. This is an important difference and one I think is the difference between intent and panic on the course.
It is important to make a change from time to time, but I do not think that the change should happen on the course. The practice range is our best friend when things are going sour and I avail myself of the cure as often as I can. So, the next time you are planning to change something during your round, I recommend you stay patient and wait. Your game will come back, I am sure of it!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!