Indian Canyon Head Pro, Gary Lindeblad, reminds us that technology has it place, yet the key to a golf swing is to keep it simple.
The understatement of all time might be that golf is confusing. It does not have to be. Modern instructors have turned a corner. They have inserted a massive amount of technology into what I believe should be an inherently simple, brain dead process. A good golf coach, instructor, teacher etc., teaches you how to play the game, and enjoy it. Remember, all you are doing is swinging a club, on a path. Hopefully, the path, is the path to success.
When you swing a club, you shouldn’t be trying to do anything that requires a lot of thought. If you are thinking of a litany of body movements, and trying to focus on more than one or two simple thoughts, you are doing too much. Developing a good swing requires a good grip, a good setup, and most important, a good finish. Everything in between is negotiable. We were all created with different psychology and different physical attributes. It shouldn’t be rocket science that we all aren’t able to swing the same way.
Technical is great for some people. In my experience, however, I find that the people who want to understand every aspect of what is happening tend to have fairly high maintenance golf swings. You cannot possibly think of more than a couple of words during your swing. If you are trying to do, and think about, more than one or two simple functions, then you’re doing, too much.
A good instructor should give you the queue to force the right movement that is impossible (almost) to screw up. A good swing is a little like setting up a row of dominos. You only have to flip the first one to make them all fall down. You don’t have to flip each one individually.
Keep it simple, focus on your grip, setup and finish. Active thoughts should be limited to something like “turn and finish,” or “swing out.” The more benign the thought, the easier it is to repeat, repeat, repeat.
Simple thoughts help make simple motions.
Gary Lindeblad, Head Pro at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane, Washington, has spent 40 years as a professional at golf courses in the Inland Northwest. He was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame in 2007, and inducted into the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame in 2013.
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