Last post I examined how revealing one’s true golf swing DNA might potentially be accomplished under various scenarios of using one or more golf clubs or golf-club-like devices. However, several possible complications were uncovered when contemplating how to expose the uninfluenced structure of one’s swing by such manner. Fortunately, another alternative, one that can be far superior for determining the root DNA of any golf swing if it can be accomplished, is learning to execute that swing without any external devices present at all, using only the limbs of the body. Now can this be achieved? Yes, it certainly can if this specific goal is recognized as being essential and if a proper mental and physical foundation is established for doing so.
Actually, performing any activity using only the limbs of the body is quite a common occurrence in all walks of life, even if perhaps you have never really noticed and/or paid attention to such happenings before. It can be an extremely effective exercise toward performing one’s best. To illustrate, when I was browsing through television channels quite recently, I briefly stopped on an NBA basketball game where a player was at the foul line and had missed his first free throw. Before the referee returned the ball to this player, the player quickly performed his free-throw motion a couple of times using just the limbs of his body. The number of sporting and non-sporting activities where working on one’s movement(s) and/or position(s) can be done using only one’s body, before any external equipment is added to the equation, is virtually unlimited. Very often, such limb-only exercises are taken for granted to such a degree that not only does one not notice when someone else performs these types of exercises, but one often does not recognize that he himself performs such exercises without really even being aware of it.
Feasibly the biggest advantage of learning to perform an activity using only one’s limbs is that any possible errors or inconsistencies in all equipment used can be totally eliminated from the overall performance equation, leaving only one’s true DNA to be revealed from the performance. Completely removing all external equipment is really the only way to assure that all potentially influential equipment fallibilities are removed, the only way to essentially provide “perfect” equipment, and the only way to enable the precise DNA of one’s movement(s) and/or position(s) to be identified. In further analyzing the basketball player above, here is a case where the player apparently found a body-only repetition of his performance to be beneficial even though he got to use the same exact basketball for his consecutive free-throw attempts. In golf, different individual clubs are routinely used for consecutive strokes. This greatly increases the chances of noticeable changes and/or inconsistencies in swing performance due to that equipment. As such, developing a limb-only swing from which root swing DNA can be taken is not just advantageous in golf, it becomes fundamentally necessary to accomplish if one is to ultimately learn many of the unique and correct principles one needs to in order to play golf to the best of one’s ability.
So how can a limb-only golf swing be best developed in order to decipher the true DNA of one’s swing? The most meritorious means of achieving this goal is directly linked to the way a golf club is traditionally held. Although it took me about ten posts to impart some critically related material to help qualify and lead up to the following foundational statements, now I can finally, finally reveal the truly justifiable reasoning for gripping a golf club in the way the process has “naturally” evolved. The purpose of melding one’s hands together when learning to form an effective and secure hold on a golf club has nothing whatsoever to do with the erroneous belief that a golf swing is more difficult and/or complex to perform than other activities. I have provided multiple, provable arguments (principally relative to other athletic accomplishments that humans have been able to succeed at throughout history) that credibly show a golf swing is, both physically and psychologically, actually easier than most other athletic feats. To be sure, the often-made comment that golfers are not really athletes has some legitimacy to it. A subjective opinion regarding golf swing difficulty is highly dependent upon what else one has also experienced in life. This might include being tackled and pounced on by people twice one’s size when playing football, but then again it might only comprise relaxing while sailing on a boat. So logical, scientific inferences should be given much more weight than subjective opinions when trying to soundly assess how hard a golf swing is.
The legitimate purpose of coupling one’s hands together (usually in an overlapping or interlocking manner) in an effort to form an efficient and secure golf grip is for the purpose of being able to effectively mimic the existence of an actual golf club in one’s hands. Thus, a golf grip can be efficiently formed with no need of any actual clubs that routinely differ from stroke to stroke. Accordingly, one’s golf swing can then be performed in the only way possible that can unconditionally eliminate all of the various, innate kinds of errors inevitable in one’s golf equipment due to the very unique circumstances encountered in the normal course of playing the game. This critically important process of swinging with no physical golf clubs or like devices is the only way to essentially and consistently provide “perfect” golf clubs and the only way to objectively ascertain one’s true golf swing DNA. Such swing DNA serves as the definitive basis of one’s true, unaffected swing attribute(s), having unparalleled accuracy for better swing analyzing and/or developing. In addition to being at the root of swing development and performance, such golf swing DNA is also at the root of precisely fitting (and designing) golf clubs and their components to one’s true golf swing. Decoding one’s true golf swing DNA continues next time.