There is no one correct approach for learning how to swing a golf club well, as there are as many good golf swing motions to be had as there are golfers. I can head out to the driving range and find an amateur golfer who takes his swing very seriously and yet a professional golfer who does not. I can locate one who believes the swing is extremely scientific and one who believes is it pure art. At two other range stalls I will discover one player who thinks the swing is very complex, and another player who thinks it is ridiculously easy. Then I could locate two women, one who would not try a swing without her instructor, the other who would never try an instructor. Next to them is one who could care less about how his swing looks on paper and just operates on hitting the ball where he wants it, while another works on the way his swing should be on paper and could care less about where the golf ball goes on any given swing. And at this end of the driving range is one who changes swing aids every week or two, while at the other end is one who changes golf clubs every week or two in order to try and improve his or her game.
Such varying beliefs can result in different short-term improvement rates (or backward steps) for players, and attitudes may certainly be so ingrained as to mold one’s overall golf game and performance for quite a long period of time. After about a quarter million swings, however (the equivalent of about one hundred swings a day for seven years), like it or not, most of the dozen players just mentioned would be swinging pretty much alike anyway within the boundaries of good golf fundamentals (which are truly broad) unless they went particularly wrong somewhere along the way or were guided as such. By that time, exercises like taking hold of a golf club and swinging it become as second nature as finding your mouth to put food into it. Notwithstanding those that unfortunately have illness, when is the last time you saw anyone but a baby missing their mouth when trying to put food into it or taking lessons on how to accomplish the procedure, like there is some importance to the task? Yet it somehow manages to be learned effectively by all despite there being a limitless number of styles. With this in mind, splitting golfers into “swingers” and “hitters” becomes about as silly as dividing more aggressive eating styles into “thrusters” while those with more serene motions be labeled as “gliders.” That information might then be used for analysis to determine what changes should be made to improve a person’s eating motion and/or what specifications should be utilized on one’s utensils used to eat with.
I am obviously being a bit sarcastic, but there is a heck of a lot more truth in this analogy than most people perceive. In the abstract and eliminating all other factors of influence, an equal number of repetitions practicing your golf swing and training to place food in your mouth, applying the same amount of mental thought, should predictably yield the same level of success. When you really think about it though, that is an awful lot of repetitions in order to stay alive. The common link that brings the above swings closer together over time is of course that dirty word called practice, which needs to be done in one form or another even if utilizing swing aids or taking lessons from a teacher (perhaps more motivated to do so in those cases even if unconsciously). As for ways to try and lessen the time needed to play well, I will illuminate you right now. As evidenced by some of the places that food ends up before toddlers start to get it right, physical practicing to learn a talent may undeniably be required, the specific amount not even guessable because of so many individual traits. In the end, however, the most important part of achieving lasting success in golf, like in most every other endeavor considered worthwhile to pursue, is knowledge, which is commonly the most difficult acquisition of all to secure. I will next impart some badly needed Waggle Weight Wisdom on a different subject for a while.