Tired and frustrated with your golf swing?
Maybe it is time to go back to the basics and build some skill.
When many golfers start off on their journey, they dive in and try to learn everything about the golf swing. The unfortunate part for many golfers is that there are different approaches and different swing philosophies that can make it even more difficult and confusing.
I have played golf for over 30 years now and have had my ups and downs. There have been great rounds and rounds that I am not sure what is going on. As I learn more about my swing and build skill, I own my swing now more than ever.
The mid round adjustments are much easier and the different feels I have developed can be relied on even under pressure. So how do you go about building a swing like this or starting over with your golf swing?
How Do I Start Over With My Golf Swing?
Our recommendation is to focus on building skills in the following areas: low point control, start line and curve of the golf ball and swing speed.
If you are looking to start over, we would highly recommend keeping it skill based vs worrying about hitting certain positions. While we do recommend getting video of your swing with your smartphone, don’t get stuck on how your swing looks.
We believe the most important skills to every golf swing are the following:
- The golfer must be able to make clean, crisp contact to maximize distance and control distance. The fat and thin shots do not produce the consistent results must desire.
- The golfer should be able to start the ball on the intended line at least 7 out of 10 times and have a predictable curve. Not having a clue of what direction the ball is going to fly is a bad recipe.
- The golfer must have enough swing speed to play the course. Hitting fairway woods into par 4s all day is not any fun!
Bottom line: Make clean contact, control your start line with a predictable curve and have enough swing speed.
These 3 skills are truly the fundamentals of the game of golf. Golfers have played with different grips, different stance and different length swings. The common thread between all great swings is the ability to develop and control these 3 skills.
The great news is that you can develop these skills through the 3 drills detailed below.
Drill #1: Low Point Control
The golfer that can control the low point of his or her swing is so much further ahead then the golfer that hits fat and thin shots on a regular basis. We want the club to first make contact with the club, after the club has struck the golf ball. The divot should start on the target side of the golf ball and not be too deep.
- Take some yard paint and paint a 1-2 yard long line.
- Setup with 55% of your weight on your front side.
- Try to hit the target side of the line and see how many times out of 10 you can do this successfully!
- Repeat this drill every day for a month, tracking your progress and your ability to do this successfully in trials of ten.
- You may need to start with half swing and progress to full swings.
If you are struggling, put more weight forward and work on keeping your head still to help control the low point in the swing.
We have this as the first drill because the first basic is being able to strike the ball solid. Golf becomes a lot more fun when we can hit solid shots!
Drill #2: Stock Shot Drill
A stock shot is a go to shot where the golfer is able to control the start line and have a predictable curve of the ball. Whether this is a stock draw or a stock fade, it doesn’t matter. The key is to have a consistent ball flight.
While it might be really appealing to hit a draw or fade on demand, the greatest consistency can come from playing one shape time and time again. I prefer to hit the draw in my game and typically hit a 1-3 yard draw up to a 5-8 yard draw and most of it depends on the shape of the shot that is most ideal, but I don’t force the fade.
- At the driving range, set up an alignment stick about 6-8 yards in front of you, straight down your target line.
- If you have a second alignment stick, set the stick 3-4 feet right of the first stick (for a draw) or left of the first stick (for a fade).
- Complete your initial assessment to see how many times out of 10 you can start the ball to the right or left of your target. Pick one side and measure your game at this point.
- The goal is to eventually complete this successfully 7 out of 10 times!
So now that we have crisp contact, the next goal is to have a stock shot. The stock shot is great under pressure and gives the golfer a go to ball flight. Could you imagine if you stood up to every shot and knew you were going to hit either a draw or a fade?
Drill #3: OverSpeed Training
It is time to increase your swing speed. Regardless of your current swing speed, there is potential room for growth!
Speed swing and distance is a vital part to overall consistency and rebuilding the swing.
If you are hitting wedges or 8 or 9 irons into greens vs hitting 4 and 5 irons or hybrids, you are going to score better because they are easier to hit on a more consistent basis.
The game of golf has evolved to where speed is important in the game of golf. The faster your swing, the further the ball flies and the more shorter irons or wedges you have into a green.
Training for speed is a great idea and one worth exploring!
If you are going to train for speed, I would highly recommend the SuperSpeed Training System.
Gone are the days of simply being content with the distance you currently hit your golf ball. Many older golfers have proven over the past several years that an increase in swing speed is possible.
There are training systems to help you get your game to the next level and distance is arguably the fastest way to make this happen!
My number one recommendation is to check out SuperSpeed Golf and their protocols to help you find a safe way to increase your swing speed.
I spent many years wondering how I can increase my swing speed. When I was playing junior golf, we weren’t fortunate enough to have some of the training aids and knowledge that is now available. Smart people have studied the golf swing and have created training aids and protocols to help all golfers increase their distance!
At around the same time, the statistics from the PGA Tour have become more clear and the importance of speed is acknowledged by many to be a key to being the best on the PGA Tour.
Within the past several years, there have been several products hit the market to make speed gains possible. While many people for many years waited for the latest driver to come out to gain an additional 5-10 yards, you can now do this even with your current clubs.
Did you know that with the SuperSpeed Training System you can gain 5-8% increase in swing speed as early as the first training session? This would allow you to gain somewhere between 10 and 30 yards depending on your current swing speed.
The SuperSpeed Training System is based on three different swing speed sticks all weighing at different weights. There is a green club that is 10% lighter than the average driver, the blue club which is 5% lighter and the red club which is actually 5% heavier!
Following their prescribed protocols the golfer completes the training every other day. The total time to complete most of their protocols is between 10-15 minutes. Most people can find the time to make this happen. The golfer will also need a swing radar to measure their progress.
The science behind the SuperSpeed Training System is based on overspeed training. Overspeed training has been around for several decades now and has been used by olympic athletics in the sport of Track and Field.
The science behind this overspeed training is based on the premise that your brain will only allow your body to move as fast as it feels it can stop safely! So, you get to work and swing the clubs as fast as possible, retraining your brain to allow you to swing your driver faster.
For more permanent results, the golfer should continue these training protocols for several months. The initial 5-8% is great and can become more permanent with the right length of training. The golfer can expect to continue to break down barriers every several months at a 1-2% increase.
My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109. My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months. I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!
Phil Mickelson (a senior golfer now) has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed. There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!
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