Interesting thing about instincts…. They don’t go away easily. I’ve mentioned (bragged, whatever) several times in my blog about being fully trained as a Gravity Golfer. That means that my core dominates my swing, my tempo is created by gravity (the most consistent form of rhythm that exists) and power and accuracy occur due to counter force, centrifugal force, and other bits of physics I don’t really need to be concerned with (they happen to me!).
It most importantly means that I own my golf swing. I can take days off, weeks off, whatever, and I still know exactly how to swing a golf club. It’s not something I have to re-find or fix, rather I just have to allow it to happen after a good Heave
Let’s say the weather is atrocious for several weeks at a time. Instead of living a normal life of a golf pro where I’ve got a club in my hand most every day to teach, practice, whatever, I am basically slumped over my computer or doing very non-golfing things day in and day out (perhaps like some of you?).
Bottom line: I’m tight.
Before I went out to play yesterday, I decided to run to the range because I didn’t want my tightness to mess with my first few swings of the day.
I immediately began with the FRONT ROUTE drill and hit about 50 balls (all but 5 in the FRONT ROUTE). It was fascinating! The first ball I topped so bad it indented the ground and went about 15 feet. The next 15 were sculled…. They went head high and sent shocks through my fingers.
Did I forget how to swing? NO!!! Because I was tight, I was unable to turn freely and fully in order to get and KEEP all the tension out of my arms…. Because of my lack of turn, my arms INVOLUNTARILY hunted the golf ball in order to help me make contact and create power. This hunt almost always backfires, causing plane changes due to Newton’s 3rd law of physics (for every action, a pulling of the arms at the ball, there is a reaction… a plane change)…
The best news is that I just kept doing the FRONT ROUTE. I know exactly what a bad shot is telling me (and it’s easy to learn in the GRAVITY GOLF SYSTEM . Physics rarely lies), so I simply keep trying to turn the tension out of my arms with a powerful heave, and then let the rest of the swing happen due to gravity and rotation. About 25-30 balls into my session, I began to hit beautiful shots and went on to play a solid round of golf (even in 39 degree, very wet weather).
NO FIXES. No over thinking… I just let my heave over ride my instinct to strike by staying in the drills.
Instincts die hard. That’s why we must think of the Gravity Drills as LIFETIME DRILLS.