When it Comes to Swing Changes, The old saying goes, keep doing the same thing and you get the same results!
Another way to look at this is from the definition of insanity which says. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But I am sure that you are not guilty of that one are you.
So what about your Swing Changes? How are you putting them to the test and your best usage?
As a PGA Teaching Professional, Coach, and Instructor, your instructor, I see this daily when people are practicing or even playing golf. What is more interesting is, that I see and hear how everyone wants to become the best they can be. Okay, I can live with that. BUT, what if you are going to your instructor, seeking assistance, asking for help, getting the help, and then not taking the advice given, that YOU PAID FOR? What sense does that make and more importantly…what good does that do.
More so, what if you are taking that information and pushing it off to the side? When you come to ANY instructor, they are giving you their hard earned experiences and life long learning. Even more so, you can bet there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that have been placed into that learning process.
We as professionals, do not want you to change your swing, nor are we going to try and change your swing, what we WILL do is give you the information that you seek and need to make things better. What you do with that information is up to you. Hopefully you will adopt the swing changes we recommend and make your golf more enjoyable.
Thousands of hours of work, hundreds of thousands if not millions of swings are put into being able to teach by PGA and LPGA Professionals. Countless balls are stuck, Hundreds or thousands of rounds of golf played. Lastly, whomever and whichever teacher you use is attaching their name to the end result of what they teach you, what you incorporate, and WHAT WORKS. Just because it does not work for you does not mean that it does not work, it only means that there is a level of misinterpretation that is not allowing it to work. That is what we, you and I as a team, have to figure out.
Make no mistake, there is not a PGA or LPGA Professional that I know of, that doesn’t fully believe within their heart and soul, that what they are teaching you is in your best interest and the best thing for you.
Your instructor is not just a teaching professional, he/she whomever the may be is a just as much a professional golfer as Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng, or any other Professional Golfer you may see on TV, day in and day out.
The difference is, and this is to your advantage mind you, that those who teach for a living versus playing for a living, have CHOSEN to serve your best interests and ASSIST YOU in becoming a better golfer. Yes you read that right, they have chosen to be of service to you. And trust the knowledge that at one point in time, they had to make the choice of what career path within the golf industry the wanted. They had to choose to become a player, teacher, or administrator.
When you choose us we are proud, very proud that you choose us. It is the greatest testament and honor a Professional Golfer can get, KNOWING that YOU chose them to help you. NO matter what swing mechanics or system that person teaches, what matters most to us is your satisfaction, your game, YOU GETTING BETTER and having MORE FUN.
Why would anyone teach something they did not believe in and was not able to demonstrate and do themselves? That just doesn’t make sense. The other thing that doesn’t make sense is, if someone comes to them, and then disregards the solutions that they came there seeking to begin with. Seriously, would you go to a doctor if you are sick, have that doctor write you a prescription, buy the drugs from the pharmacy, take them home and let them sit on the shelf?
Or what about advice from your financial advisor, lawyer, or dentist. Would you not take their advice when you asked for it? Why would anyone teach something that they had knowledge of would not work? You don’t do this to your children do you? Then if you wouldn’t do it, why would the Professional Golfer you HIRED do any less?
There are many swings, and many more teachers in the world then you can shake a stick at. Conversely there are many different styles of teaching also. What should matter most to you is the results you get in the time you spend with them.
One of my most frequent things is when a new student comes along or when I give a quick tip and it changes the whole ball game for someone. I see them, we talk, I watch, analyze and diagnose, then give my best solution. Inevitably during conversations I will hear the word or question “BUT why doesn’t so and so big name player do this, or why doesn’t this big name teacher do that”. I only have three answers for you when it comes to this. Are you ready for the answers. Hope so, as hear they come.
1. I am not sure as to why they don’t teach this, maybe they do, or maybe the have not investigated this.
2. I am not teaching them, I am teaching YOU and your swing is not like theirs.
3. We are here to help you not them!
Just because they are not mentioning it or you are not seeing it does not mean the are not doing or teaching it. In my experience, every teacher has a certain style and forte that they are deeply entrenched in. They have found that if they focus there, they get fast results for their clients. So when you are deciding on a instructor, it would do you well to talk with them before you buy. Find out if what they have to say, makes sense to you and jives with your thought process.
More times than not, teachers and students are at opposite ends of the spectrum on learning, at least at first. Someone comes to us wanting to do a certain thing within their golf swing, most just want to hit it farther. Yet in reality, when we are doing our assessment of the individual, what we are seeing is a flaw in a basic fundamental that does not allow them to do what they want. So we go into building them a plan on how to get there. We discuss it with them, giving them the details, and then move forward.
The next thing that happens is, we put them on that path to learning more about their swing and them as a golfer. Only to have them take the ONE lesson they have gotten, run right to the golf course to try it out, then have it go wrong because they have not worked on it enough to ingrain it yet, and then have them blame us for goofing things up for them. When in reality, they went out to the golf course, did what they always do, tried the fix for one or two shots without really practicing it, then gave up on it, and blamed the pro the are working with, when they are the one swinging the club.
So what is the solution to you hitting the ball longer and straighter? Here is a really good thing for you to do. Get your lesson in the early part of the week, then practice what your pro gave you at least twice before you put it into play, and when you do play, be considerate of the fact that you are making changes. Change takes time. The Golf Swing and Swing Changes have been around for some 600 or so years, what makes you or anyone else think that they are going to change it in one golf lesson? NOW, as you get better, the changes will come quicker, but in the beginning, take your time.
Changing things in your golf swing IS not hard to do from a physical stand point, IT’S THE MENTAL ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE SWING CHANGES. We all, already know that, the mind is terrible thing to waste, yet it is the mind that gets in the way most of the time in wanting to resist change.
I am Robb Nunn, a PGA Professional, and I own Golf Equation Swing Academy. My goal is to help you learn and get better in the fastest way and shortest time possible. When you do decide to come see me for a lesson, I give you all I have, along with all I have learned and experienced. It is MY GOAL to make any swing changes you may need be as effortless and painless as possible. BUT, the one thing I cannot do for you is this. I cannot practice and do the work needed for you to get better, that is up to you.
Until the next time, hit them long, straight, and a few times as possible on the golf course.
Happy golfing and have a great day.
Golf Equation Swing Academy