Improve Golf Swing Performance – Swing Advice Gone Wrong!

On the course golfers constantly get bombarded with all sorts of advice to help improve golf swing performance. Whether from professional instructors or amateur players, it seems there is never a shortage of golf swing tips floating around!

The truth is too much advice leads to confusion.

To truly improve golf swing performance golfers must ignore the “techniques of the week”. In his book, “On Learning Golf”, author Percy Boomer explains how heeding too many tips and too much advice can cause a great deal of confusion and wreck havoc on your golf swing.

Boomer writes;

“Anyone who has taught golf or who has even watched closely a number of beginners at the game knows that there are two great classes—those who are natural golfers and those who are not.

…A study of the difference in mental and physical make-up between the natural golfer and the made one is intensely interesting. So is a study of their ultimate capacity for the game. Not all the advantages are on the side of the natural player. Of course if their early game is guided by a far-seeing nature they are fortunate. But too often the natural golfer is so successful at first that they are content to be self-taught—and the self-taught golfer is usually a badly taught one. Why? Well for a number of reasons…not the least important being the fact that the soundest and most permanently profitable motions in golf feel unnatural, and “all wrong” to most people when first tried.

Further we are all imitative to some degree and unless we learn a whole and comprehensive technique of the game from a teacher who has a coherent idea of the relationship of the various shots, we are apt to pick up a bit here and a bit there by watching others. The result is a patchwork game, full of pretty shots maybe when it is running well, but so loosely hung together and so self-contradictory in some of its component parts that it is unreliable and may be expected to break down or blow up when the strain comes.

A well-taught golfer rarely breaks down and rarely goes off their game completely and if they do strike a bad patch one or at the most two lessons will pull them back again. But patching up a badly taught player is one of the most difficult and thankless tasks a teacher can undertake. I have refused to take on hundreds of such cases, because I do not believe that any instruction that is not part of a consistent system can be of any permanent benefit.

“Tips” which are guaranteed to improve your game are easy enough to come by. Every club-house is full of them, and you have only to go a few holes with a friend to know what their own particular disease is by the “cures” they hand out to you! It is human nature to feel sure that everyone else is afflicted by the same troubles as those which torment ourselves. But all this advice is dangerous for it is just impossible to build up a sound game by accepting tips and instructions and advice from all those who are willing to offer them.

Does this apply only if we copy or take advice from bad examples? Oh no!—anyone from a beginner to an experienced golfer who has tried to take too much expert advice from too many sources will have been baffled and confused both in their mind and in their style by the opposite theories and contradictory practices of acknowledged masters. This fact alone is sufficient to prove…that the mechanical muscular movements employed in golf are not the whole secret of it.

The truth about the conflicting theories of experts is quite simple. The masters play as it suits them to play and then evolve theories to explain why the particular movements which they discover themselves employing are right! Unfortunately a shot that may be effective enough in the hands of a master may have disastrous results if “copied” by some less expert player.

The fault with much of the golf teaching of today, professional as well as amateur, is that the teacher tries to eradicate specific faults by issuing specific instructions. In short, the “good tip” system again. This is fatal, mainly because it is no system at all but just a conglomeration of golf patent medicines. The true aim of the teacher who desires to build up a sound and dependable game in a pupil, must be to link up in the pupil a line of controls…the aim of the pupil must be to carry out the teacher’s instruc¬tions irrespective of immediate results.”

To improve golf swing performance golfers must resist the urge to implement every tip and technique offered by those on the course.

As Boomer explains, sometimes having too much instruction does nothing more than overwhelm and complicate our golf swing.

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