I've spent years fighting my swing and floating between an 8-12 HC where I used to be a 6-8. I remember having dreams about becoming a 2 or something, thinking I'll never regress. How dumb that was.
Anyway, I had a breakthrough on Sunday. Not a scoring one, but a realization about what I had been doing wrong. When I suddenly went from a 13 or what-have-you to an 8, it was because I suddenly had a repeatable swing. I suddenly rediscovered that feel on Sunday. The grip felt right, the swing felt right, for the first time in years.
Why had my game fallen apart? It was simple. I was doing something that felt natural (as in, what my old swing felt like) that was off. Taking slow motion practice swings while we waited on a bunch of holes I realized that in my old swing I was rotating my body far too early. This was causing the club face to deloft and become closed. I recognized the problem years ago, but had been making numerous changes for all that time to fight one problem after another.
So I made a conscious effort to do what I felt was natural (grip right, swing right), but make sure I started the downswing before my body rotated, and forced a bit of a high finish, and BOOM. The shots on the final five holes looked and felt exactly like my 6-8 HC days, with an important caveat--I'm not doing it consistently. The shots felt right about 70% of the time.
My timing is off. Hey, five holes isn't enough. So what I'm looking for is this:
Do you think it's just a matter of hitting the range and pounding balls with this new swing thought? (I think it might be that simple)
And do any of you have any drills for this move? Whatever stupidly simple it might be, let me know. I've had success with stupidly simple drills in the past.
Thanks in advance.