The number one misunderstanding most golfers have is that a specific swing fault can be corrected with a specific swing tip. This frustrates more golfers and often explains the confusion and real damage that magazines, videos, and instructionals unintentionally communicate. I say unintentional because I truly believe that these magazines, videos, and other instructional products intend to help, but because they are largely informational and non-interactive, they cannot provide specific recommendations in a personalized manner like a golf instructor can.
The key to fixing any fault is diagnosis of causes and interaction between the golfer and the source of information. Imagine going to your doctor for elevated blood pressure and receiving the exact same medication and dosage for pills that every other hypertension patient takes? This would be absurd. The one-size-fits-all mentality can actually hurt a golfer's game in the long run. Golfers must see the golf swing as a continuous, uninterrupted event - a kinetic chain that is continually storing and building power to the moment of impact through to the finish. Fixing one part of a swing fault ignores the other components that comprise the entire swing. Plus, every golfer is different and has different reasons why specific swing faults arise.
The super bacteria that invade our bodies today were created by so called, "broad" spectrum anti-biotic approaches. That one-size-fits-all approach was also an attempt to imply that everyone can be approached the same way in curing a disease process. Today's super-resistant bacteria are based on a dangerous assumption that there is a broad-based fix for any fault. Today, golf is afflicted with the ravages of broad spectrum fixes for swing maladies that have resulted in the obvious failure to lower handicaps despite loaded golf balls and swing correcting clubs.
Lessons provide constant interaction and objective feedback and are key facets to fixing faults. Other excellent examples are practice journals that record the accuracy of drills performed and personal observations, impact tape for your clubs, examination of marks on your clubs and wear on your golf glove or grip, and wear marks on your shoes as well as which golf spikes always get worn down first. Observation and record keeping are essential to your fault fixing as having lessons with a qualified expert.
Even this article that I write is only as effective as it applies to each specific reader. I can't write articles without a certain amount of generalization. My intention is to stimulate dialogue and ask you to see how it applies to you personally. There are many kinds of swing faults. One of the biggest is slicing. Slices affect the vast majority of the golfers who suffer from shot shape faults. Fades and cut shots are fancy names for "controlled slices" or shaped shots. The trained professional and low handicap golfer are all able to shape their shots. Because they are created on purpose and with skill application for course needs, slices are helpful. These kind of slices are interpreted and defined as an asset and not a fault.
Trying not to slice and slicing anyway is a fault. The specific fix occurs when the golfer understands the pattern of faulty motion and movements that produce that specific slice. Also, there can be many root causes for a specific slice: physical impairments caused by compromised flexibility, posture, joint and muscle health, depth and balance acuity; sequence impairments such as order of motion, pace of motion, and by passing of motion; informational impairments such as improper technique as well as previous injury.
Education, technical assessment and physical assessment are keys to fixing any faults. A personalized approach to how your specific stroke patterns impact your swing and becomes a "fault" must be diagnosed by an instructor! Then, a personal plan of action can be created to remove the fault. This includes understanding the pattern and bridging the gap between education and previously assimilated misinformation. It also means practicing specific drills to re-educate both body and mind.
Use sources that are credible, diagnostic, and interactive. Trial and error is a waste of time and can actually reinforce bad technique. Obtaining help is crucial. This should include the golf teaching professional, health professional, and fitness professional. A combined program will result in a personalized fix for your specific fault. The Play Golf Swing Rehab Program is a good avenue for the golfer recovering from injury who has lost his or her golf skills. Massage Therapy and Personal Training can improve flexibility, strength and help in creating better swing balance and timing. There are many options to fix faults. Just make sure that you engage in a fix for your fault that is interactive, personalized and credible. Then, instead of a band-aid approach, you will have a true cure.
To schedule a golf lesson or for more information, please contact Matthew Rosman at Play Golf, The Training Zone, 1937 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731, (631) 462-5566.