The worst mistake a golfer can make is to mis-diagnose what’s wrong with his or her golf swing. If you mis-diagnose your problem you wind up changing something that is right making your swing even worse and not fixing the actual problem. You will then be caught in a never ending loop of changing things to try to fix your swing but only by luck will you change “the right thing”, the actual thing that is causing your swing problem.
Fortunately, Symple Swing is simpler than other golf swings and because it’s so much simpler that it’s much, much easier to figure out what you’re doing wrong. Yes, you can still make mistakes with Symple Swing but now it’s much easier to correct those mistakes and get back in the short grass. Most of the time you should be able to identify what went wrong with one or two practice swings.
The key is to be objective and solve the problem systematically. Don’t beat yourself us saying you’re a bad golfer or anything like that. Just focus on solving the problem.
The Steps to Solving A Golf Swing Problem
1. Check your address position. A correct set up is very important with Symple Swing.
Go through the Symple Swing Diagnostic Checklist http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/basics-full-swing/symple-swing-checklist/
That gives you over 20 step by steps things to check.
2. Step two is to figure out is the upper body or the lower body is causing the problem. For example, a slice (or a hook) can be caused by either the upper body or the lower body. If your slice is caused by your lower body and you start changing your grip because you think that’s what’s causing your problem, then you’re going to be in really big trouble.
To figure out if it’s the upper body or the lower body causing your problem try hitting some balls with your feel together (weight on the front leg). That pretty much eliminates the lower body action. If you hit balls with your feet together and you are still slicing then it’s likely (not 100% but probably 95%) that your problem is with your upper body (torso, arms or hands).
So if you hit balls with your feet together and your problem goes away then it’s likely your problem is with your lower body.
3. Lower Body
If you problem is with your lower body the first thing to do is re-read The Symple Turn – A simplied lower body motion for the golf swing. http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/lower-body-action/the-symple-turn-a-simplied-lower-body-motion-for-the-golf-swing/ That will solve most of the lower body problems.
4. Upper Body
If you problem is with your upper body the first thing to do is make sure you are on-plane on your backswing and your downswing. Do the Swing Tracks Drill http://simplegolf.com/blog/simple-short-game/swing-tracks-drill-insures-youre-on-plane-everytime/ That will immediately tell you if you are on-plane (or off-plane).
5. Use the Simple Golf Support System
Submit a question through the Simple Golf HelpDesk http://www.SimpleGolf.com/helpdesk or on the Simple Golf Forum http://simpleswing.forumco.com or give us a call at 203-794-4900. We are here to help you be successful with Simple Golf.
Summary – When you have a golf swing problem do the following.
1. Go though the Symple Swing Diagnostic Checklist.
2. Hit some balls with your feet together
3. Review the “Symple Turn”
4. Review the Swing Tracks Drill
5. Use the HelpDesk, Forum or phone for help