Saturday, October 1, 2011

Millions of golf swing theories, but which one actually works?

I've been an avid golfer for about 15 years now. I picked up the game when I was in middle school and the addiction has only gotten worse as my financial stability has gotten better. I've always been the kind of guy that when something new hits the market, I've gotta be the first to purchase it and test it on the course. So much so, that I opened a golf shop in Southern California. The lowest I've ever gotten my handicap to is a 2.3 according to USGA indexing. Like any other golfer I'm on a the quest to grove the perfect swing for my body and break par consistently. I always thought new technology was the key, but guess what, it's not. What we golfers need to get into our head is that it's the pilot NOT the airplane.

I started to looking into new swing theories, stack n' tilt, L to L, and the classic bryon swing. What I figured out was that all these swing theories are essentially the same but they are taylored for people with different body types and different athletic abilities. I'm a fairly fit individual, 5'10" and 175 lbs. I can hit my drives consistently around 270 yds (I'm not the guy who says he averages 300 and can barely get it off the tee) but I am fairly straight.

After researching tons of different theories, I came across the simple golf swing. The concept of this swing is incredibly simple and the way it works best is that the visualization of the swing in the golfer is made VERY easy. I truly believe that visualizing your swing and your shot prior to your actual shot is how low handicapers are able to play at that level. They can visually see the entire swing in their head and see how the ball will fly, and with that visualization its so much easier to replicate that image. What's awesome about this swing theory is that it gives you easy images to copy and then take to the range with you. Being a low handicapper I'm always suspect about new swing theories but this one actually works. I've let my friends who are begginers borrow the video and they were able to get up and running after a few weeks at the range. One of them actually broke 100 the second time he ever stepped on the course after watching the videos. Here's the basics:

1.       There are two main positions that you want to visualize in your head.

2.       You practice aligning yourself to those two positions and anything else that happens in between is just your natural body flow.

3.       The program provides images of how your body should be positioned at certain points and after that you just swing away.

The key is in the way the program explains themechanics of the golf swing and how easy they make it to visualize that in your head. I've been using this program for about 2 months now and I've broken par 3 times already. There are a ton of different swing theories out there and I'm not saying this one is the end of all golfing problems, because everyone has their own body and limits, but if I had to recommend a swing program to someone who wanted to start learning or someone looking to improve, I'd point them to the simple golf swing first. You can check out the program here:

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