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Rediscovering Your Golf Swing
I enjoy playing golf around the greater Spokane area including Wandermere, Down River, Esmerelda, Sundance, Meadow Woods and many other courses inclusive of neighboring Idaho. I don’t know if there’s many of you out there that had success with their irons on the golf course, and later found out they couldn’t hit irons at all. If you’re like me, you let your guard down and slowly went away from all of the fundamentals that created your effective swing in the first place.
Here’s what happened to me. Oh and let me preface this by saying that I had no idea that all of this was taking place as I just got comfortable with doing what I was doing and not thinking about fundamentals. The slow deterioration of fundamentals sometimes becomes unnoticeable.
First off, my takeaway wasn’t going straight back enough and was coming too far inside. You would think that with this happening I would have a fairly deep rotation of the shoulders…nope. Could it get any worse? Yup, my spine angle was at negative 5 degrees instead of positive 5 degrees. Yes I was dipping a bit forward. Lastly, as a right handed golfer, my left hand on the backswing was cupped. This is a prescription for disaster on the golf course and leads to a slice.
I spent about a month cursing at my clubs, the course, and anything else that would listen!!! I felt like giving up on irons. I thought maybe it would never come back. However my perpetual determination to conquer golf kicked in. It’s this same determination that has kept me pursuing this intricate sport as we know it.
Anyway, as I finally realized I needed to go back to the fundamental basics that worked for me in the past, I remedied the situation. I started by taking back the club straight back while maintaining the proper spine angle and being cognizant of my left wrist either being neutral or slightly supine. I made sure to execute a big shoulder rotation so that the club had nowhere to go except for inside out on the nice runway path that many times leads to a gentle draw. I was also careful to not yank the club and committed to the inside out path that leads to a nice follow thru.
You could say I was more than happy with the results as things came back together, even better than they were before things went astray. I guess even Tiger Woods needs to rediscover his swing now and again. The moral of the story is to make sure you analyze your swing and stay true to the fundamentals that made your swing a success. Don’t let your guard down because you won’t notice it until you’ve had too many bad rounds.
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