I often see said here on the forum that people will "try things" and "if it works, they adopt it."
While occasionally that's fine, more often than not it leads to a destructive path that hinders long-term growth. Things that work "right away" are often band-aids, or compensations.
Take this golfer for example:
On the left, "his swing." No lessons, just an athlete that "figured some stuff out" that let him at least hit the balls somewhat solidly. He started forward, stayed forward, and moved even more forward.
The problem, even with the forward ball position, is that he got no height on his shots and took massive divots. He couldn't hold greens, and he often didn't know what shape his shot was going to be. His driver, well, let's just say he liked hitting 3-wood.
This golfer, due to no real fault of anyone, "figured out" what worked for him, but in the long term, it really wasn't what was right.
Be careful of "that seemed to work for me" on the range. Often, either:
- You're not doing what you think you're doing (the old "feel ain't real" bites us in the ass again), or
- It might actually be a band-aid type deal that's harmful long term.
This golfer is fortunate: he's not so far along into golf that he can't make these changes. And he's athletic enough to "find the ball" even while making changes. And, third, well he has faith in me to put him on the right path.