Sometimes, perfection can be the root of all evil things in a golf swing. A lot of times when I was playing competitively on a daily basis, I would try to perfect my golf swing by banging 10 buckets of balls. I would have probably done better if I just relaxed more and focused more on my short game and putting.
Golf is a game that requires great mental focus, it’s a not a game where the best golf swing mechanics win tournaments. Rather, golfers with ability to turn the golf course into their friend wins as evidenced by Y.E. Yang’s win over Tiger last weekend.
That said, I hit balls for the first time in about 3 months yesterday and boy, I hit the ball really, really good.
Here’s something I tried to do yesterday:
- I tried to not be perfect, simply relax my hands and let my body do the work.
- My swing though consisted of “keep it smooth” like Fred Couples.
- Worked on specific shots that would help me on the golf course like fading the ball (which is my strength) and odd shots that could get me out of trouble.
In all, yesterday’s practice at the driving range might have helped me whole lot more than me simply banging a lot of balls mindlessly one after another.
The key to great golf is keeping your golf swing consistent. The only way an average golfer who rarely practices to keep their golf swing consistent is to keep their swing thoughts simple.
Golf has so many parts to master but unless you are a professional golfer with all the time in the world, you are not going to master it.
Forget “fixing” your swing and try simply “scoring” with your current golf swing. Whatever your bad shots are, a nasty hook or banana slice, you can still “score” well by adjusting to your weaknesses and using them as strengths.
I’ve seen it a gazillion times where a golfer with a really weird swing will win over a golfer who has a perfect swing. Most of the time, the golfer with a really weird swing has an incredible short game and a knack for putting since he/she is hitting the ball all over the place. The golfer with perfect swing usually never performs under pressure because he/she simply does not know how to deal with trouble under pressure.
Anyways, I will be heading over to the course more often before this summer ends and looks like they got the tent set up at Harding Park for the President’s Cup 2009 this year. (I have an incredible view of the 12th hole at Harding Park from my 12th floor apartment!)