I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year even though I plan on blogging before the end of the year. I am often asked from students or golfers, “What is your favorite golf swing on tour?” Although I do have my favorites, I tend to look at parts of golf swings and individuals that I tend to favor. When I give a lesson, I use a variety of swing models to show whatever part of the swing that I am trying to work on with my student…such as the takeaway or an arm position or spine angle. So I came up with my perfect golf swing comprised by the different parts of the swing that I admire from the top players. Here is my version of the golf swing Christmas List:
1. I want Adam Scott’s physique and perfect golfing frame
2. Y.E. Yang’s new grip and fundamentals (the one he beat TW with not the 4 knuckle 08 version.)
3. Steve Strickers’ one piece takeaway
4. Bubba Watson’s large arc at the top of his backswing
5. Trevor Immelmans’ top of swing position (compact/square club face)
6. Lucas Glovers double downcock lagging motion and his great hands around the green.
7. Zach Johnson’s impact position and body rotation
8. Ernie Els balanced finish and overall tempo
9. Give me Padraig Harrington’s work ethic
10. Give me Tom Watson’s longevity and
12. Brian Gay’s putting stroke
11. I will take Rocco Mediate’s attitude and we have the perfect golfer.
All together we have a player with incredible length off the tee, a sound iron game, great touch around the greens and the best putter on tour and we can also do some modeling on the side, just kidding. The point is that there is no perfect golf swing out there but there are a lot of different looking swings that work. So here are your keys to improvement for 2010. We will call it the Guru Plan for improvement:
1. Take a lesson from a reputable teaching professional that is proficient with video. This will give you a clear idea of what you have to work on and put them in order of importance. Know your errors!1
2. PAY ATTENTION: WRITE IT DOWN. This is why I do video emails or I take notes for my students after each lesson if they need it. Serious students keep a journal, will you.
3. GET TO WORK ON YOUR BODY AND YOUR SWING; If you can’t make the swing changes because of physical limitations or you are out of shape, work on it. Changing your golf swing is hard work and takes time. If it was easy, everyone would be scratch. I have worked very hard on my golf swing over the years to get it where it is today and I have no sympathy for those that think it should come easy. You can’t fool golf.
4. Learn to rehearse your perfect swing in a mirror…..IN SLOW MOTION (KEY)..Especially if you are dealing with cold weather, don’t let that keep you from improving your swing. Get in front of a mirror with a weighted club or a regular club and work on your swing errors slowly so you can feel it. You have to feel it first, then see it.
5. Have a drill. When you are able to get outside and work on your game, do some drills that will help you to feel the opposite of the error.
What you find in the golf swing is that you have to” feel like you change the swing a mile in order to change it an inch”, this is why we use video. Either you are making the change or you are not.
6. Work on your short game (including putting) at least 60 percent of the time. Most of you are trying to find the perfect swing and neglect this part.
7. Then use John Woodens 8 keys to consistency: practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice.
Stocking stuffers: a range finder, a club fitting and a new set (time to get rid of those Ping Eye 2’s and that bubble shafted driver), a momentus weighted club, a T.P.I. assessment, A dozen Callaway tour (i)s balls, a flip cam,Oh! and a lesson series from the GURU.