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Golf Swing Understanding or Feel — Which Comes First?

Golf Swing Understanding or Feel — Which Comes First?

Golf Swing Understanding or Feel — Which Comes First?

Repetition is not key to the “feel” for your golf swing. Understanding the proper technique must come first.

For more than 30 years, I’ve been trying to figure out how seemingly intelligent adults, successful in their own lines of work, can practice golf so illogically.

One of the widely accepted definitions of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, doesn’t that sound like the way most golfers (you?) use the practice range?



Day after day, I see the same patrons buying the jumbo bucket perhaps hoping that this repetition will somehow create the “feel” of the correct swing and ultimately lead to a long-term understanding. But can feel really create understanding or is understanding a requirement to create long-term feel?


 Apparently, the majority of golfers described above must believe that repetition will create feel, and feel will create understanding. However, all research says the opposite, that understanding creates feel

Many golfers do not take lessons due to a fear that professionals will make it too complicated and “mess with” their swings. First off, I can guarantee you that my learning sessions do the exact opposite, however, I also do not shy away from explaining the science and natural laws required for golf consistency.

Ignoring the science of golf (if explained correctly by a professional) is the only way for you to develop a required golf swing understanding, and then someday you can “tuck it away” into your sub-conscious and then move on to heightened feel. 

These are the steps:

Step 1. SCIENCE  Each golfer looking to approach his/her potential must develop a “working knowledge” of the science of the design of the club, why the ball does what it does, the most efficient use of the human body and the nature forces at work in every golf swing regardless of any human differences. This knowledge should be learned in the “classroom” or during your formal golf lessons. 

Step 2. — JINGLES — After the explanations of the science described in Step 1, your PGA professional instructor will help you to shorten the science into a jingle, an abbreviated version of the science. And as you know, jingles can get “stuck” in your mind. Jingles should be used during practice sessions and social rounds of golf.

Step 3. — ACRONYMS — The jingle may be too long for the serious or tournament rounds, so we want to use an acronym often using the first letter in the words of the jingle from Step 2 to break it down further. 

Here’s a popular example of a golf lesson acronym, GRASP or GRASPABB in full:

G = Grip — Holding the club.

R = Routine — Every shot is physical and mental.

A = Alignment — Orientate the body to the target.

S = Stance — Grounding and balancing the body.

P = Posture — Swing properly for max power without long-term injury.

A = Aim – Proper clubface aim (Most golfers aim incorrectly.).

B = Balance — Maintaining balance throughout the swing for big rewards.

B = Ball Position — Consistent shots require consistent ball positioning.

Step 4. — SUB-CONSCIOUS — This player has adapted the acronyms with such repetition that he/she can now play golf rounds with an “empty mind” or “on auto pilot.” It would be best if all tournament rounds could be played under this mindset.





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