THE SECRET TO THE
The answer to this is easy, there is no one secret to the golf swing, however do not dismay, there is hope. If you can understand why there is no one secret, you can start to improve. Let’s start with noting that the way the ball flies are caused by how the golf club is delivered at impact. These are known as the impact factors, and they are:
- Centeredness of Strike
- Clubface Orientation
- Club Head Direction
- Club Head Speed
By understanding that the ball behaves the way it does due to the impact factors, we can then start to create a golf swing that can facilitate efficient & consistent control of those impact factors. The world's best players do this over and over, whereas the weekend golfer cannot. Not only that, most weekend golfers do not understand why the ball behaves the way it does; even if some club golfers have some kind of grasp of why the ball has flown the way it has, they cannot get past this to find the route cause or causes. As a side note this is the perfect time to endorse golf lessons, a good golf professional can analyse your ball flight and begin to work back to then help create a better golf swing.
As noted, the world's greatest golfers throughout the years to current day have all had the ability to control their impact factors efficiently & consistently. Here’s the kicker, you'll often hear that ‘all tour professionals are the same at impact’, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tour professionals can differ greatly in their impact factors - delivered loft at impact, club paths, club head speeds, angle of attacks, you get my gist. The common denominator for tour professionals is that they can:
- Control their impact factors efficiently & consistently
- Align their Swing Principles with their own Preferences
So this is the secret……… Align your swing principles with complimenting preferences in your golf swing.
This will result in efficient & consistent impact conditions thus creating consistent ball flight.
Below is a simple case study to show this in practice
Golfer #2 (The Pro)
This golfer has the exact same neutral set up and weak grip, the same open clubface position at the top of their swing, however as this golfer starts in transition then reaches impact the club is delivered with the clubface that is not open in relation to their path, resulting in straighter shots. In this example the golfers weak grip again is a preference, however this golfer has aligned another preference within the golf swing to offset the open club face, in this instance it is the release of the golf club. Through an improved release of the golf club through the utilisation of greater forearm rotation this player is able to create a closing of the clubface (in relation to the club path) resulting in straighter shots.
As you can see from this simple example complete with complimenting data, a fault caused by a particular preference for one golfer maybe a standout feature for another golfer which is just deemed as a trait (in this case a weak grip).
There really is no secret to the perfect golf swing, there’s merely many variations that can be applied to a golf swing. If you can create a golf swing where your preferences begin to align then you can create a very solid and repeatable swing that performs again and again.