Yep, because you just can't try a swing out and have it stick. This isn't something like, lets try this out on the range once. Any swing change, requires hours of work to override existing swing tendencies.
So, for those saying, "Just try it". That only works for someone who isn't already actively working on something with an instructor, or maybe new to golf. Unless those working with an instructor that they think they are not seeing improvement with their instructor. Otherwise, it will only be rude to the instructor and possibly damaging to the progress the golfer has already made to "just try it".
Don’t mean to hijack your thread but just asking for some advice regarding changes that take a long time.
My issue is I have several ingrained habits that are a mess. I always lose my trail palm grip at the top, I over swing, and other nonsense.
When I attempt to make things right, it’s so absolutely foreign I literally can’t hit a ball or even almost fall down if I’m air swinging. Grip changes literally feel like I’m holding a knotted oak branch. Keeping my lead arm straight feels like I’m raising my arm as if to answer a question.
Maybe this is expected. Now the issue: hitting balls is like yoga, meditation for me. I can spend hours and hours doing my silly Jim swing and hit balls. But deep down I want to be able to maximize my distance and swing to the best of my ability with all the five keys occurring.
I spent a month trying a new back swing feel with my coach awhile back. The position was much better on video. But I couldn’t remotely hit a ball. It was like a toddler hitting If I even made contact.
It was actually depressing as I wasn’t getting my yoga, meditation sessions. I missed just hitting a nice draw. Instead it was exhausting and just felt like I was never gonna be able to swing ‘normally.’ But if I just wanted to hit some balls, it only further ingrained my awful habits.
What do you do while you’re making drastic changes that are absolutely tying you in a knot and prevent you from playing or just hitting the range?
Sorry, this can be moved to another thread if needed. Just wanted your input. Thanks Scott.
I think a lot of the outrage or negativity associated with it is that people aren't putting enough thought into how this could be handled better. It's hard to find a way because of a couple of different reasons.
My knee jerk reaction is similar to a lot of people, you sign your card and know your score and then come back the next day and it's different?! Sounds awful on the surface of it. Especially since in most cases the players are not trying to get away with anything or break the rules, it's more ignorance of the rule.
However, who would want to see a rules violation caught before the tournament ended and not properly assessed because you couldn't apply it the next day? That's a nightmare. Yes, after the tournament is over and everything verified as best as possible, I don't think we would see anything change then. The statute of limitations is over and there was enough time to review. So really, catching rule violations while the tournament is active, even for all 4 days, is the best case scenario.
I can hit monster hooks. Maybe that’s part of my mental block. I hate hooks. For me right now, it may be an anatomy thing per Erik on my Evolvr lesson. I have to undo years of the way my left wrist has been working. It may take a while unfortunately.
I'll try to answer why I will not be trying this. Specifically it has to do with "muscle memory". I have 2 teaching pros I listen to. Both have seen me swing personally and know where my game is at currently. I am working to incorporate a minor change in my swing and to stop and try something totally different would impede my progress. My goal in practice is to make the intended action the "Natural tendency". If I spent a week trying this method I would gradually destroy the muscle memory I have been working to create based on a personalized plan. Last fall I changed my grip and it took several months before that felt "Normal". I would hate to arbitrarily change things and risk messing up what my teaching pros are telling me to focus on.