A golf swing is like a fingerprint; no two are alike. While some golf swings may look more aesthetically pleasing, there’s no one swing that will be effective for every golfer. Just look to the PGA Tour for proof. You have your Adam Scotts and Jason Days, who have seemingly perfect swings, and then you have your Bubba Watsons and Jim Furyks. Their swings look less pleasing, but they’re not less effective.
The point is, every golfer is different and some golfers can make nearly any swing work. How a swing looks isn’t as important as what happens at impact.
One of the best parts of my job at Combine Performance in Scottsdale is having all the instructional tools at my disposal that help me to NOT change something in a golf swing if I don’t have to change it. Using the latest technology, we can look deep into the mechanics to see what actually needs to change to improve performance.
To demonstrate this point, I want to discuss “the high” and “the low” in the golf swing, and everything in between. The two swings below will help you see that perfection isn’t necessary to play this game… and play it well.
Our GolfWRX Tour photographer snapped this photo recently on the range at a PGA Tour Pro-Am. According to our source, crowds were gathering to watch this man hit 240-yard draws from this backswing position.
“Swanson, your swing is too flat!” lol, yea if you hate 330-yard squeeze fades pic.twitter.com/bLOcsBnH5T
— Longballswanson (@Longballswans1) August 25, 2017
This is swing so rounded that the head must rotate off the ball, and it’s certainly not something you’d teach. I saw this swing with my own eyes, however, and this gentleman also hit the ball 240 or so with a nice draw. In fact, he shot in the low 80’s that day at Bighornn on the Canyon’s Course, which is no slouch!
The Middle Ground
After looking at the high and the low in the previous examples, you can now understand that the rest of our swings are somewhere in the middle, including myself (see above).
As a young golfer, I spent years on the range trying to build a swing that looked good. It was my first priority, and figured that playing well would come as a result. Boy was I wrong! As I have said before, golf is all about learning how to score. I’d rather score like Furyk than look like Ernie Els on a day when he’s struggling to find the center of the club face.
Here’s the question you need to answer for yourself: Are you willing to own your mechanics and make the ball talk, or must you try to conform to what everyone says the golf swing should look like and possibly not break 90?
The lesson to be learned here is that sometimes you just CAN’T move in a certain way due to past injury or X number of years doing it the other way. The key is to make your golf swing manageable, and if you do that, you can likely perform to your expectations. You must understand, however, that drastically unorthodox swing will likely only achieve a certain skill level of play.
In the golf instruction world, we have the technology to know exactly what will improve your swing. The question is, how much time to you have to execute the change? If the answer is “not much,” my advice is to learn to OWN your swing. Make peace with it… and make sure your short game is killer