Most golfers are searching for the perfect golf swing. It is one of those elusive goals that never seems to diminish over the many years of playing. Over the past 10 years or so, many top level golfers have turned to the systematic approach to improving their swing. The reliance on numbers and statistics (on and off the course) drives many of the minor changes in a professional golfers swing. I do not see this changing anytime soon, but unfortunately the systematic approach may not be as beneficial to amateurs who have other stressors in their lives that prevents them from dedicating the time and money to finding their perfect golf swing.
I find it interesting that the perfect golf swing means something different to most golfers. Each player, including myself, focus on specific aspects of their swing that they feel produces the best overall results. For me, it is about keeping my head still. If I can focus on this one swing thought, then I seem to be able to consistently hit the ball where I want it to go. Unfortunately, this simple swing thought is challenging to duplicate over an extended period of time. I will, of course, continue to work on it moving forward.
The reliance on swing data and numbers is definitely at the forefront of improving many areas of the golf industry. This is what some professional teachers call the systematic approach; I am not surprised because virtually every golfer (professional or amateur) uses technology to help improve their game. A perfect example is my club fitting last week where we focused on apex and angle of attack when selecting my new Mizuno MP 20s. After we achieved my optimum numbers, we tried to focus on ball speed. Unfortunately, time was a factor and lessons will be required.
The increased reliance on technology does have its benefits. It makes the impossible, possible. As an amateur, I can easily use technology to analyse my own swing; check swing path; find launch angles; or spin rate. Depending on how involved I want to become or how much money I want to spend, a version of technology professional golfers use is available. I just need to decide how reliant I want to become on technology to improve my golf game. There is no right answer for most golfers because it is a personal thing.
The pursuit of the perfect golf swing really has not changed over the years. What has changed is the ability of amateurs and professionals to understand how they can get the most out of their golf swing. Lets face it, the plethora of factors we can analyze that are at a touch of button is overwhelming, but it is there.
Ultimately, my perfect golf swing will produce consistent results which I can accept on any given day. This seems strange, but how I swing the club changes over the course of a season (even in a round sometimes). Although I try to swing my sticks the same way all the time, what I am really concerned about at the end is the best score I can achieve on that day. When I feel I have accomplished this, then I had the perfect golf swing during my round. I realize this seems crazy, but I will never be able to swing a golf club like Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, so why try. I think I need to focus on what my perfect swing is…..what ever that may be.
Before closing this article, I found this 12 minute video on the perfect golf swing. It is not instructional, but informative. It relates to today’s topic and you might find it interesting.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!