Meaningful Rehearsals Are Only Second To Exagerrated Ones

Ryan Palmer outdueled Aussie Veteran Robert Allenby down the stretch at the P.G.A. Tour’s first full field event. The Sony Open was a very entertaining and interesting tournament chalked full of top players and veterans hitting great shots and holing big putts. We had the likes of Steve Stricker, Davis Love, Retief Goosen and Carl Petterson all trying to track down maybe the hottest golfer on the planet (Allenby), playing with a bad ankle believe it or not, and Ryan Palmer who is not a household name and finished 150th on last years money list. So what can we learn from watching this weeks event, other than the fact that it does pay to keep the flag stick in while pitching (true). In my continued journey to make all of you educated viewers of golf, not just entertainment, but as a venue to dissect and learn something that will help you with your own game. One of the most frequent questions that I get asked from my students is,”During a round of Golf, how do I keep my swing together for the entire round?”. We have all had rounds that begin great and the wheels fall off or vice-versa, you start poorly and suddenly turn it around. So how do we hold it together and make strings of great swings under pressure. The answer to the question isI know you all are on the edge of your seats………drum roll please. MEANINGFUL REHEARSAL SWINGS!!. No it’s not a swing secret or a magic pill. For those of you who have worked with me, you know that I am big on being able to create the change you are trying to make in your swing, by rehearsing it in slow motion and also in an exaggerated way or opposite of the error. Being able to rehearse the opposite move is a lost art. This is something that all great players have the ability to do and the only way that I have found in the heat of battle can snap the correct feel back into your swing. Ryan Palmer did this beautifully throughout the tournament. I have never worked with Ryan but I can tell you that his swing error is dropping the club too far to the inside and hitting hooks. If you notice in his rehearsal swings, it would appear that he was swinging over the top or outside to in and he was. This opposite feel allowed him to feel the club swinging on a perfect plane. I have included a couple of examples of shots that Ryan hit in the event, one on #15 and on #18 that set him up for his chip in. Notice the outside to in exaggerated move that he makes and the beautiful swing that he makes at the ball. What are some famous examples of great rehearsals that you can think of by champion golfers? The one that comes to mind from me is the 1995 U.S. Open, Corey Pavin’s unusual rehearsal (even more exaggerated that Palmers). From now on, pay attention to the players routines that include these types of swings. Look closer at golf and you will start to pick up the little things that the great players do to get the most out of their games. Do you know your tendencies in your swing? If you don’t, I will see you on the lesson tee, so we can figure it out. I hope this helps and I will talk to you soon.


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