How to Change Your Golf Swing Faster and More Effectively
Practice Series - 3: How to Change Your Golf Swing Faster and More Effectively
At GLT Golf, we know how difficult it is to make a lasting swing change.
Have you ever been diagnosed with a sick swing by the swing doctor - aka, your golf teacher? And did he tell you what it would take to cure the ailment? Provide the road to a lasting cure? GLT Golf thinks NOT. In most cases, a doc identifies what has to be changed but not how the change will happen and how to make the change permanent.
But fear not, you hopeful golfer! There is the GLT Golf roadway to lasting change. There is a strategy that delivers deeper learning: Interleaved Practice. This is accomplished through the GLT Golf Big 3: Spacing, Variability, and Challenge.
Interleaved practice creates a cognitive AND physical relationship with what is practiced.
Golf game skills are retained. You learn to hit golf shots, not repeat a golf swing.
No matter the level, interleaved practice incorporates the “big 3” with a graduated approach to each component. This leads to a faster, more effective swing change philosophy.
The GLT team preaches fundamentals. Fundamentals are defined as necessary bases or cores of central importance. These cores and bases go way beyond your posture or your tempo or your grip pressure. They're an understanding of how to play the game.
Here are three separate fundamentals drills for eliminating the “Dreaded Slice.”
Number 1: Transition Drill
- At the top of the backswing, pause. Try to feel your lead wrist bow. This will close the club face.
- Next, start the downswing with the wrist bowed and rotation of the lower body. Attempt to hit a push draw.
- Don’t pull on the grip. The rotation of the body is the key.
Number 2: Fleetwood Finish
- Concentrate on rotating your upper body through the downswing while stabilizing the club face through impact. Create an abbreviated finish.
- Feel the upper body generating the swing speed. The arms are along for the ride and in perfect coordination with your upper body. You should end in a balanced finish position.
Number 3: Alignment Rod Start Line Drill
- Place an alignment rod 9 feet in front of the ball directly on your target line. This drill allows your body to learn to deliver the club along the intended line at impact. The ball flight will be a draw. The slice will be gone.
As your skill level advances, so does the intensity of the spacing, variability, and challenge of each drill; moving from simply recreating the intended body, wrist, and arm feelings to executing a push draw on demand. In one try.
Start moving forward. Build your fundamentals. A better swing and better golf game are right ahead. Faster. More effectively.