Golf Swing Practice - "Fix" Your Swing
At GLT we have been blessed to coach the complete spectrum of players has also helped us develop an understanding of not only the most common barriers and faults, but howplayers can train to create sustainable swing changes to address these issues.
The word ‘fix’ is a dirty word when it comes to golf practice. To fix something implies that we’re somehow fastening or securing it to an immoveable point.
This is, of course, absolutely fine if we are talking engines and cars. But it’s a principle that does not translate into human beings swinging golf clubs.
A coach who claims they can fix your swing is the golf equivalent of those fitness campaigns that try to persuade us that some oiled and chiseled beauty ‘lost 300lbs in 30 days without dieting or exercising’.
At GLT we don’t ever attempt to fix a golf swing. Our intervention comes through deliberate engagement in the sort of practice circuits you’re about to experience. The aim being, not to fix, mend or correct but to induce sustainable motor learning via the creation of cognitive stress.
Understandably, this takes a great deal of time and effort. In fact, if you’ve ever heard the saying‘when we fire, we wire’you can imagine just how many times our old swing pattern has been fired - and therefore wired into our cognitive behaviors.
There is no way to not only undo that old motor program, but also engineer a new one with one quick fix. That’s why you need to be prepared to put effort, not into perusing some snake-oil swing-fix miracle, but into creating new synapses in your brain.
Which, handily, is what we’re about to show you how to achieve.
Practice circuit – Eliminate the dreaded slice
The Goal - Understanding of how a current swing pattern is based around compensations to square the club face is the key to this circuit. The pull slice can be caused by multiple movements, but this circuit will focus on your clubface control both in the transition and throughout impact.
If you want to stop the slice you need to move away from the 'Fix' and focus on 'Effective Practice Circuits'.
What To Do -
Drill 1 - Transition Drill– Go to the top of the backswing pause and then feel the lead wrist bow (ulnar deviate) which will close the clubface, and then rotate your body through trying to hit a push draw. The key is to feel the bowing while starting the downswing without any pulling on the grip – THERE IS ZERO PULL – it is a smooth bowing and the lower body rotating that initiates the downswing.
Drill 2 – Fleetwood Finish– Create an abbreviated finish for each rep where your upper body has created the speed and your arms can stop without a recoil. Understanding how to rotate your upper body and stabilize the club face through impact is goal of this drill. When done correctly your arms and body should be synced resulting in a smooth, balanced finish position.
Drill 3 - Alignment Rod Start Line Drill– Place an alignment rod nine feet in front of your ball directly on your intend target line – each ball must start to the right of the alignment rod and draw. Creating an external focus allows your body to unlock the information needed for the club delivery at impact. Allow yourself to become reactive to the task at hand.
Beginner golfer - Complete 5 reps of each drill for a maxium of 20 Minutes
Intermediate golfer - 3 balls of each drill then hit 1 shot at a target with full routine
Advanced golfer - Complete 1 rep of drill 1 then hit a ball at a target, complete 1 rep of drill 2 then hit a ball at a target, complete 1 rep of drill 3 then hit a ball at a target
Stop fixing and enjoy learning golf so that you can take your range game to the course.
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