I've often heard, "no one has ever explained it that way;" or, "you are so easy to understand"
That other guy didn't know what he was talking about." Or, "my old teacher was way too technical. You say things that actually make sense to me."
These are some comments I've heard over the years from players of literally ALL skill levels, and it points to what's wrong with the golf teaching profession.
I have long believed that there are two types of teaching professionals. The ones who want to help and the ones who want to get paid. Don't get me wrong...we ALL want to get paid for our services...no matter who we are or what we do...I think you get the message.
This to be an over simplification, but let me elaborate.
When it comes to breaking down the golf swing, I will admit that the concept of 'watching paint dry' just might be more fun
That said it is necessary if you expect to be able to swing the club more effectively, have more fun playing the game and lower your scores.
I often quote the saying given to me by a friend that sums up my feeling about the set up and the golf swing; "If you choose a path with no obstacles, it generally doesn't lead anywhere."
The most integral part of the SET UP is the SPINE
It is my firm belief if you can achieve a good spine angle, the rest of the pieces of the set up will come more naturally if you allow it.
When it comes to the swing, your spine impacts literally every part of your set up and swing from your grip, stance, weight distribution and alignment, to your ability to transfer your weight effectively through the swing. It also can enable you to achieve maximum club head speed. The Drive Shaft, as I call the spine is the one part of the set up you need to get correct as far as physically possible.
Golf tips for women golfers
I spent the majority of my time this year on the practice range and around the putting green at the Deutsche Bank Championship watching the players PRACTICE on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday then WARMING UP during the event Friday through Monday.
On Thursday as I walked past the putting green, I saw Charlie Hoffman, this year's winner, practicing 4-6 foot putts. That is to be expected. What struck me on this day was Charlie being so immersed in his putting practice. I used to see a lot of what Hoffman was doing years ago but not so much anymore at venues.
Charlie had set up tees off the toe and heel of his putter and one each to check the length of his take away and follow through. Watching him on the range then the putting green, I can tell you he spent as much time working on his putting as he did on his full golf swing that day.
Indoor golf practice facilities have become popular around the country and are gearing up for the winter practice season
This does not include outdoor driving ranges retrofitted with gas heaters for winter practice and those facilities that offer what I call 'gaming' situations, or Golf Simulators.
Winter practice will lead to a better golf game and a better golf game leads to more enjoyment on the golf course.
It is important to understand that habits, good and bad, are part of your perception when it comes to swinging the golf club, much like the fear of hitting over water or a sand trap. That said, when you put your clubs away for the season, know that any and all bad habits are put away as well, and will remain waiting until the next time you play golf even if it is several months before you play.