Have you ever noticed that your golf swing can change from day to day? Some days it is a smooth as silk and others we cut more wood than Paul Bunyan. I have no rhyme or reason as to the differences, but it happens. The good thing about knowing that our swing changes, I think it is important to be able to adjust my on course strategy to account for swing discrepancies. It is the nature of golf and every played should be able to go with the flow!
I obviously cannot tell you definitively how to adjust your game because only you can do that. However, I can offer two pieces of advice that might aid you in limiting the possible damage from a less than smooth golf swing.
First, accept the short distances due to a poor swing. Generally when I am chopping wood, I have a tendency to over swing. This actually causes me to lose distance; so instead of hitting a 7 iron into the green, I am hitting a 5 or 6. This can be frustrating for most players, but I have learned to accept this result and use the longer club. It makes it tough to score, but that is how my game will go on those days and whining about it will not help.
The fact of using a longer club on approach shots means that I will likely miss more greens and have to chip more. This leads into my second tip.
Chip aggressively and hit the ball to the hole. When we are struggling with our swing, we generally become tentative when chipping. Because of this, I have to force myself to hit the ball to the hole. It is a mental battle and one that I do not always win. Regardless, aggressive chipping will usually result in the ball going past the hole and that is okay with me. It allows me to see the line coming back, but more importantly it forces me to stay focused on my game.
I suppose the real question on most golfers mind is “how do I get my swing back?” Well, I do not have a definitive answer to that question. Every player is different and need to work through there own challenges without trying every quick fix-it tip. Personally, I like to club down and slow my tempo down until I was hitting the ball properly. Then, I work my tempo back up to normal speed. It works most of the time, but not always.
I am hitting the links today and I wonder which swing will show up. Last round I stacked up more cords of wood than a lumberjack. If nothing else, golf keeps me guessing and having fun at the same time.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!