The hardest thing for me to do in the entire game of golf is to have my actual swing look like my practice swing. This is the one thing that I believe will completely transform the game for me when I achieve it.
I had an awesome practice session today. Recorded a lot of 9-iron swings and driver swings. The same thing that I’ve written about kept happening over and over. I would have a beautiful practice swing, and I would follow it with an over the top swing. There were several times when I could have sworn that my actual swing matched the practice swing, until I looked at the video. On those shots were I thought I nailed it, I hit some really solid iron shots. But when I checked the video, still an over the top swing. Ugh!
When it came time to hit driver, I knew I was going to be over the top, the only question was how much over the top. I still managed to hit some bombs. Long, straight and with the right trajectory, from an “ugly” OTT move.
Tim said that it takes 10,000 swings to ingrain a golf move. I’ve heard other theories. 60 reps a day for 21 days. Don’t know which is true. What I do know is that a practice swing is easy and a thing of beauty, and then you put a ball in front of me and I have this urge to HIT IT.
What shocks me is that even with an OTT move I hit the ball as solidly as I do. I wonder if it is going to take me months or years to change this. I know this is a key to great golf.