Don’t Keep Looking for the Quick Swing Fix

Well, it seems like Christmas is rolling around again. You know what that means don’t you? It’s soon going to be time to unwrap that brand spankin’ new driver that’s sitting under the tree. Oh boy! Maybe this one is going to be the answer to all your prayers. Hmmm … If you think back, didn’t you get a brand-new driver last year as well?  I guess that one wasn’t the “one.”

What Am I Getting At?

Well … if you think that new driver is going to miraculously change your game then you’re just looking for a quick fix (sorry to spoil your Christmas). Sure, this new driver may make you hit the ball a little better at first, but after you give it a few weeks, you’ll be right back to where you started. I say this because picking up a new driver for the first time feels different than your old driver. Because of this new feeling, you won’t be thinking about your golf swing. After a few weeks go by though, this new feeling will disappear which means you’ll start thinking about your swing again. As soon as you do, you’ll right back where you started.

If you don’t believe me, just think about that last demo day you went to. I’m sure there was a driver (or putter) that you picked up that you hit amazingly well compared to your old driver. So what did you do? You bought it. Once you took it to the course, you played lights out for a few weeks. Then, all of a sudden you went right back to your old ways. In disbelief, you started searching for the answer and never did get your swing back. This left you scratching your head wondering what went wrong. Well, as I said, you were hitting the ball so well with the new driver because it took your mind off your swing. It did not change your swing. Big difference.

Now don’t get me wrong, having the right equipment is vital. The problem is when the person thinks that buying a new driver is going to be the magical answer to all their problems.

Bonus Tip: If you want to make a lot of money, come out with a driver or putter and go around selling them at demo days.

So What Is the Answer?

The answer is to stop looking for the quick fix. What you have to do, is get to the root of the problem and work on it until you’ve mastered the new move, or position, that is the cause of the problem. This doesn’t mean that you can’t apply a quick fix or tip that will get you hitting the ball a little better right away so that you can finish out your round and not shoot a million but when you have time to work on your swing, you should do so with the thought that you’re going to work on mastering the right fundamentals.

For example, let’s say you were midway through a round and all of a sudden you start pulling the ball to the left. If you didn’t know how to fix your pulled shots, it may be a good idea to aim a little out to right to compensate for the shots going to the left. In doing so, you would be applying a quick fix which isn’t going to cure the problem, but it will allow you to finish out your round with a half decent score. In order to fix the pulled shots properly, you would have to go to the range and work on your fundamentals.

Hopefully, you see that these are two different approaches to work on your golf swing. If you just keep applying quick fixes you will continue to to be inconsistent.

Getting to the Root of Your Swing Problems

In order to get to the root of the problem, you have to have a firm understanding of the golf swing and how it works. You should also be taking lessons or following a method so you can learn the correct positions and fundamentals. Yes, this takes practice but if you’re serious about improving your game then you have to take this approach. If playing great golf with a simple as applying a quick fix every now and again, would be a lot more great golfers out there?

All the best,

Paul Wilson

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