Updated: Mar 21
"Of all the hazards, fear is the worst." Sam Snead.
As an OG I have developed a lot of scar tissue over the years. That doubt that creeps in when you least expect it. We all have scar tissue related to certain holes or particular shots. Our worst tendencies tend to show up under pressure. Our faults lie in what Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott describe as short term thinking about our past failures or illusions of the future, rather than focusing on the shot at hand. To overcome this a golfer has to have the right concept, then focus on the process and execute with intention. A golf check list sort of speak.
My goal was to rebuild my swing. I wanted to trust my swing again. I wanted efficiency in my movement. I wanted accuracy, repeatability, and predictability. I was ready to build a setup that I could trust, one that removed excess steps and dependencies. A simple checklist, a simple swing described by Martin Chuck as " creating angles that are delivered by pivots". If I could have a repeatable and predictable swing, I could play with feel again.
According to renowned teaching professional Phil Kenyon, putting coach to many top PGA professionals, the number #1 reason why so many players putt poorly is because of their poor concept of the putting stroke. Could poor concepts of your setup or your swing lead to a frustrating unpredictable golf game? Data derived from the Titleist Performance Institute shows that 9 out of the 12 most common swing characteristics are related to the loss of posture at set up or during the swing. What leads to the loss of posture? Besides physical limitations, your grip can also influence your swing geometry. Every player has an optimal setup profile that includes the grip, posture, ball position, alignment and optimal stance width that creates the unique geometry to their golf swing.
I focused on what matters the most and that's the grip, your only connection with the club. According to James Day PGA professional and founder of Urban Golf " At least 90% of all golfer's grip their golf clubs incorrectly". I wanted a grip that helped me set up angles so that I could deliver the club back to the ball consistently. So to establish a secure and comfortable grip, I started from a place of balance using real time data from Boditrak sport. I also used the data to help me improve my perceptual accuracy of my perceived centre of pressure, to help me accurately and reliably predict my low point, my angle of attack, and my incline plane angle for my take away. I created typical checkpoints to help remind me and give me confidence. I incorporated closed loop learning principles to help me recognize and become comfortable with the feels I was beginning to develop with a comfortable, secure and repeatable grip. Then I trained it using common drills that reinforced the proper kinematic sequence.