If you play golf, you already have the bug to improve your game. That’s why we get so frustrated at times when errant shots happen. We are always searching for ways to improve our power and consistency. One thing that I have learned is that you will never improve your game if you don’t experiment and commit to changes that work for your game.
I was inspired to write this Swing Tip by a recent success that I experienced. I was not happy with control the control of my tennis shots. I did the unthinkable by asking for a lower tension for the strings on my tennis racquet. Lower tension should give me more power and less control (but I wanted more control). Fortunately for me, my topspin swing with this new lower string tension is giving me much better control. I’m not sure why this is working for me but I’m happy with my new found success.
This strange occurrence got me thinking that every golf swing rule can be broken with great success. I’m hoping that some of these examples will give you ideas to improve your swing.
Jim Fuyrk may have one of the strangest backswings but a modified version is working for me. High plane swing, loop at the top and swing up the slot — BINGO!
Jim Furyk’s Swing: I have started using a backswing where my club points at the reverse of my target line as I swing high and loop at the top to swing up the slot like a baseball player hitting a low pitch. My friends pointed out that it looks like a Jim Furyk’s swing (without the very high plane swing). I had a perfect driving game last week. It works for my driver by not for my irons.
John Daly’s Swing: His over rotation in his backswing gives him a lot more power but swing consistency and flexibility will most likely make his swing impossible to duplicate.
Justin Rose Plumb Bobbing his for Putts: He is only using his putter to Plumb Bob from behind his ball. His game has been going downhill recently so he may want to start checking the slope from behind the hole (instead of behind his ball). I love to find the slope at the hole using PB but Justin Rose needs to understand that he is only determining the slope under his feet (which most likely is not the same as the slope where the ball breaks as it slows down near the hole).
Rickie Fowler’s Waggle: Rickie does a 2 foot takeaway rehearsal waggle to make sure that he is starting his rotation with his shoulders, core and waist. I love to do the same waggle because it also slows down my backswing to give me time to set my lagging wrists at the top of my backswing.
Nick Price Swing: His backswing is almost as fast as his forward swing. I have no idea how this helps the consistency of his swing but it works for him.
Hideki Matsuyama has a pause at the top of his swing as if he is checking to see that his club is loaded. I really believe that he is allowing time to start the loading transition from his trailing to his leading leg. If you rush your swing you will never have time to make a smooth transition (and weight shift). It also helps him to avoid casting his club outside.
Ernie El’s Swing: Big Easy earned his name because he appears to be swinging at 80%. That is a great thought for everyone. He is actually accelerating through his downswing to generate 100% of the club head speed that he needs to generate distance.
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