These days more is written about the golf swing than I can ever remember. It seems as if almost every year there’s a hot new golf swing that everybody is trying. Did you try one of these “new” golf swings this summer? Have you ever been involved in a conversation like the one below?
“Hey, I’ve been using stack and tilt golf swing. Have you ever tried it?”
‘No I haven’t. How’s it going? Are you hitting the golf ball better?’
“No, not yet. But I think it’ll take some time for me to learn this new swing.”
‘How long have you been using this new swing?’
“Oh, I don’t know – maybe 4 or 5 months. I started after watching The Masters this past year.”
‘Four or Five months? And you haven’t improved yet? How about your scores? Are they better?’
“No, not really. I think they’ve actually gotten a little worse. But you have to get worse before you get better. Don’t you? Besides, there are a few guys on Tour that have started using this swing.”
‘Well those guys on Tour were good enough to make it to the Professional level using their own swing before using this new swing. So they must’ve had some talent to even have gotten to the Tour in the first place. Have any of them won a tournament using this new swing that you’re trying?’
“No, I don’t think so. How can they – it seems as if Tiger, Phil, Annika and Lorena are winning all the tournaments.”
Isn’t it funny how the Golfers that are always winning are the Golfers that never get caught-up in these new, goofy, industry changing, everybody needs to try it because it’s the only way to swing – golf swings?
Why is it that the best Players are able to find their swing and then stick with it for years – when the others that have more of a struggle are always trying something new and never getting to the next level because they’re always experimenting with the latest “fad” swing?
Could one reason be that these top Golfers – the Tiger’s and Annika’s of the golf world – know that it’s better to stick with one swing? A golf swing that’s not perfect, a swing that they’ll still need to work on from time to time, a swing that they’re consistent with because they’ve used it for years.
Maybe Tiger’s swing looks a little different now than it did in the year 2000. There’s a lot of talk about how he has changed his golf swing two or three times in his career. And when this news is reported – the shock waves that are sent to the “Legion of the Frustrated” are so strong because the ‘Best Player on the Planet’ is reported to have changed his golf swing – it starts the ‘Million Golfer March’ to the driving range so they can also change their golf swing. And thus the “Legion of the Frustrated” starts their journey into the infamous (and frustrating) – “I need to change my swing” mode.
Though, look at Tiger’s swing when he was 18 years old and look at it now. My belief is that you won’t see much difference – except for his body. The underlying principles of his swing look the same. His body motion is the same. The way the club moves is the same. His impact position is basically the same. It’s all so similar – how can it be so different?
So what’s different about his golf swing?
Without a doubt, he has more control of his golf club when he swings. Besides that, tell me what he’s doing different!
So what’s the point and how does this relate to you?
Tiger has stayed so consistent over the years because he has his golf swing and he doesn’t try a million different things every year like you might have a reputation of doing. And those million different things cause you to have a 1,000,000 different swing thoughts every time you’re standing on the tee box holding your Driver – as you hope to swing perfectly so that you can keep your ball in the fairway.
And the funny thing is that this Golfer that’s trying this new swing (usually without any luck); had probably tried an entirely different swing (with the same unfulfilling results) last year. And possibly has repeated the same process for as long as they can remember.
So why is it that so many Golfers are always jumping from swing to swing? And why is it that even though they don’t ever see results using this style of learning – they continue to use the same strategy year after year?
My belief is that – when you love something so much, yet are so frustrated with your performance – you’ll try anything! Unfortunately, that’s a trap the many Golfers fall into (and also unfortunately, never get out of).
Learn your swing. Learn what the Strengths of your swing are. Learn what the Weaknesses of your swing are. Learn how to improve your Weaknesses. Learn how to take advantage of your Strengths. Once you learn how to do this ……. Happiness and confidence starts the process of allowing you to take your game to the next level!
The Monkey is going to the range to practice the stack and tilt and then next year they’ll probably practicing the tilt and stack
The Player couldn’t care less what the stack and tilt is
Go Ahead, Be A Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life