So over the past year or so I've been trying to learn a new way. My change was prompted in many ways by getting older and seeing my game starting to degrade as I got more inflexible, less powerful.......well you know, age creeps up on us all. It's especially hard to see your game go downhill, when for years I played golf that was around par. It's especially hard to stick to a new alien method that would make me look like some sort of retard and set me back to playing 90 shots per round ....all over again
1 step forward, 5 steps back.
So the reason I'm writing this is two fold. In the last month or so I've realized "I'm back!". No more duffed shots, no more scrambling around a course knowing that I only played half a dozen good shots. No, I feel I've got my swing.
The other reason is to say, jump on in ,the waters fine. I mean if your a mid or high handicapper having trouble with your conventional golf swing.......well, there is 1 alternative , at least.
1/Distance. My distance with all my clubs has improved. For a while my distances only seemed to be improving on my irons but in the last month or so I've got the driver going as well. Today I drove 2 greens, 300 meters and 270.
2/Accuracy. Accuracy was the thing that first struck me about this method. Even when could hardly hit my wedge 80 meters or so I was amazed by how straight I was. Even the crappiest of miss hits would go at the target. And it has continued.
3/Height. All clubs fly higher. good and bad!
4/Spin. More spin(I think) The combination of high flight and more spin makes the mid irons stick even on hard Melbourne greens.
5/It's easy to learn.......kinda, but once you've got it, then you've got it
There's more little things, but that'l do for now.
1/The swing involves relearning and there's some saying about old dogs and new tricks or something. And man, that little guy that lives in your head does not want to change for anything. Even now, when I've been bending my lead elbow for thousands of strikes I'll just swing the most ridiculous concoction of conventional and LPG.....the results are not good!
2/ the swing is a hitters swing. I mean there's not alot of "stroke" to this swing. You hit the ball.
3/ Making 1/2 swings is more tricky. 1/2 shots tend to go lower. I find that I prefer to make full swings with the "right" club
4/ Tempo can be a bit tricky too The conventional swing seems to be gradual and pendulummy. You build speed up gradually, whereas the LPG swing is a bit shorter and the acceleration starts early and kicks in hard.
5/ Balance. Conventional golfers tend to want to put a large percentage of their weight well forward. In the LPG swing weight starts as 50/50 but you tend to hit with your head behind the ball and your shoulder turned away from the target. So at contact weight can be 75/25( 75 rear foot). You have to keep an eye on it or you can "spin" on your rear foot.
Anyway just to summarize. I'm loving the new swing at the moment. It's long and straight but very dependent on technique. Once you've got it though it's very rewarding.
I wish I'd jumped ship and discovered LPG earlier.
So next time you're at the range, just for a joke try bending your front elbow on the backswing at the same time try to hold your front wrist as solid as you can. Yes it's weird, and they'l be all sorts of shots but see if you can feel the straightness of your hits. If you stick with it distance will come.....and then some