Searching for the "Lost Swing"
It's the time of the year where many of us have gotten heavy into the spring season, looking forward to the summer season where we can really begin to make improvement and enjoy the game more than ever. Then, out of the blue, our swing just seems to disappear. It happens, to be sure, and this topic is in response to a plea for help from John B. in Minnesota, who wrote:
"What advice would you give a 9.5 handicapper who has just "lost" his swing? It's gone - can't find it anywhere. Can hit a dozen 7-irons in a row without repeating the same ball flight or distance. Switch to a hybrid? Draw, push slice, fat, thin. Driver? Fuggedaboudit! A lesson or two with a pro is definitely in the cards, but how do you clear the mind when you're on the range and you feel like selling your clubs to the teen-ager hitting next to you?"Don't lose hope John, The Wedge Guy is here to try to help you. If you’ve been playing to a 9.5, chances are you didn’t just magically forget how to swing a golf club. What is more likely happening is a chain of events that has led to your despair. It happens to all of us. How did David Duval go from #1 in the world to being unable to break 80. Ian Baker-Finch went from British Open champ to being unable to break 90! As I’m consistently saying, this dang game is H-A-R-D !!
To get it back, you need to go back to the basics, and by that I mean work from the green backward. You didn’t mention whether you had lost your chipping and pitching skill, but go back there. There really isn’t much difference between hitting half wedges and full swing 6-irons. The mechanics through the impact zone are the same. So, get that pitching or gap wedge and review your mechanics while hitting 30-50 yard soft pitches.
Check ball position, posture, grip pressure, alignment. Usually, one of those is the culprit when you just “lose it”. Pay close attention to all those basics that happen before the swing starts. As you get your confidence back, begin hitting quality soft shots with paced (no more than 60% power) full swings. As that feels comfortable and you gain consistency, you can gradually and slowly work your way back up to full power.
I think it was Bobby Jones or Harvey Penick who advised: One bad round, forget it. Two bad rounds, go practice. Three bad rounds, see your pro. Not bad advice at all.
My dad had more sage advice for me when I would go south with my game as a teenager and young adult. He’d calmly tell me, “There’s nothing wrong with your game another 5,000 practice balls won’t fix.” And I still find that to be true. When a part of my game begins to slip away from me, I head to the range or practice green and grind away.
Let us know how it works out, John. Don’t force it, just go back to basics and work your way back. And I hope you enjoy that new EIDOLON wedge you just won for turning to The Wedge Guy for help.
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I don`t seem to hit my ball as far as most of my friends, no matter which club I use and was wondering if it was club speed, for exacmple, i hit my 5 iron 150 yards whereas anybody else could hit it 170 or more. Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated.
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