If you ever analyzed your golf game, I am confident that you could find several areas of success with an equal amount of areas for improvement. This is the natural order of things even at the professional level. I am equally confident that each player understands that they have on area (known or not) that would be consider their biggest mistake. I know I have one and to be fair, it has changed over the years as I addressed my shortcoming. However, there is one mistake that continues to follow me even today. I am aware of it, but somedays I cannot prevent it from rear its ugly head!
My biggest swing mistake is that I have a tendency to cast. I release my wrists early in attempts to hit the ball farther, but in reality the opposite happens. I either hit the ball high or I pull the ball left. In both cases my casting prevents my lower body from being fully engaged in my swing. Thus, I lose distance and accuracy; both of which I have zero to spare. For further explanation of casting take a look at this video below:
Back in July, I wrote an article about the successes I was having with my driver. The article titled Finding Success With My Driver talks about set up adjustments I made to my address. After thinking about how well I hit the ball this year off the tee, I realized that my mistake of casting was less prevalent than in years past. The reason was that I had actually slowed my downswing (at least the initial stages) slightly. It was just enough of a change help my lower body engage more and prevent any casting from showing up.
I am not an expert to be able you how to prevent casting, so I found a video by Nick Faldo that might help.
As I said earlier, I have had many swing mistakes over the years, but casting seems to the persistent one. I will always be aware of my main shortcoming (and others of course), but I will never stop trying to eliminate my biggest golf mistake.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!