How Long Should It Take to Change Your Golf Swing?

I remember a long time ago, I first heard it was something like 60 repetitions a day for 21 days to make a swing change permanent. Here’ the problem with that. This statement doesn’t say if these are 60 perfect repetitions in a row, or just 60 repetitions in one day.

There’s a big difference between hitting a bunch of balls and doing the new position 60 times versus doing the new position 60 times in a row perfectly.

If the statement does mean 60 perfect repetitions in a row, think about how long that will take you. Let’s say each ball takes 45 seconds to hit, that means you need total concentration on 1 position for 45 straight minutes.

The problem with that is, no average golfer is going to be able to do this (some better golfers won’t be able to do it either). I say this because keeping an average golfer’s mind on a single change for more than 3 balls is like pulling teeth. There is no way they will be able to do it for 60 balls in a row never mind the 21 days!

The problem is that for the average golfer, hitting a golf ball is really exciting! Instead of thinking about the change, the average golfer’s mind will be thinking about where the ball is going instead.

So, I guess this means you may as well forget every changing your swing … just kidding!

11 Repetitions In A Row

Quite a few years ago, I was teaching a high 90′s shooter. He had this problem with both of his feet coming WAY off the ground into his backswing. To get a feel for how bad it was, imagine him taking the club back and at the very top of the swing he was almost on his tip toes. Now, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t this bad
every time. We would keep his feet fairly flat for one or two shots, then it would be right back onto the tip toes again.

I have to admit that teaching golf for over 16 years, I have immense patience but him not making this change was really testing me to the max. So what was I going to do? I got it! I told him were were going to count to see how many times in a row he could keep his feet flat on the ground as he made it to the top of the backswing. He was up for it, so we started hitting shots and I counted. 1 … perfect … 2 … perfect …. 3 … perfect …. and so on. After 11 in a row, he got. He never lifted his feet ever again after that.

Now, I’m not saying that you will make every change in 11 repetitions, but for this gentleman, it was the first time he had ever maintained concentration on 1 position for more than a couple of balls. By doing the same move 11 times in a row, the position finally took hold.

So, the next time you are on the range work on 1 thing and 1 thing only. Make sure you know that you are doing this one thing exactly right before you start hitting balls. Then, start counting how many times in a row you can do it. If you get to 5 in a row and you mess up, then start at 1 again and so on until you can get to at least 11 perfect repetitions in a row. Who knows maybe you’ll make the change in 10!

Until next time,

Paul Wilson
Creator – Swing Machine Golf

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