The Grind of a Swing Change

I logged into my handicap service today and was reminded it’s been 41 days without golf.  Have I missed it?  Not in the least.  I actually practiced short game about two weeks ago, and practiced quite well, but had no desire to play.  In most years, I get antsy after not playing for a month but 2017 is different.  The grind of playing “golf swing” all year is still working its way out of my system.

2017 was tremendously successful, as I experienced a high level of satisfaction with my ball striking improvements, but it’s clear how taxing it was to continuously work on your swing and not be able to turn off mechanical mode for a whole year.  The struggle was an exercise in concentration and focus, and coming down from it is like draining the adrenaline rush you get after studying for final exams.  Remember that?  You’ve crammed all night and taken that last exam, and even though you’re totally exhausted mentally and physically, you can’t fall asleep.

Golf should be fun not painful.  But improving at any sport requires sacrifice.  The world champion Houston Astros had to suffer through consecutive 100-loss seasons as they rebuilt their organization.  Was that fun?  No, but the payoff was sweet.  I’m thinking the same thing.  To get where I want to be, I’ll need another year in 2018 like the previous.  The commitment has been made.

Nice weekends like this in the DMV are suitable for playing, but I’m not.  Maybe a little more short game practice is in order and will get the juices flowing.  Stay tuned.

Play well.

7 thoughts on “The Grind of a Swing Change”

  1. Brian

    I like your approach. I too find that after a prolonged effort to improve or play is tiring and I need a rest. I find that by end September, I am ready to stop playing for a little while, I just wish it was not for 5 months….haha. I think when you return to your game in 2018, things will be better for sure.


    1. Jim, I can’t imagine what it’s like for a touring pro going weeks on end, grinding with play and practice. The top level guys have an advantage and can take the Fall off, but not those struggling to keep their cards. They need to keep playing the Oct/Nov events. Must be rough LOL!



  2. Hi Brian, I was interested in your swing change article, I sadly struggle with keeping my swing consistent. Some days I am smooth, then others a real mess. Watch a short vid of Seve Ballesteros on the practice range, back in 94, now that was a beautiful swing.

    1. Pete, I feel for you. I don’t believe there is a magic bullet for swing consistency but if you are wildly inconsistent, I’d suspect you have a fundamental flaw somewhere in your move. If you find it, correct, and keep working it, you’ll get a greater level of satisfaction out of the game. And more importantly, when you hit a stinker, you’ll know it was the old habit re-appearing and not something new. And you just keep working it. Have you sought out a professional that you can trust for some lessons and honest feedback?


        1. Hey Pete, if you are getting too quick, try this simple drill on the practice tee. Hold your backswing at the top for a count of “three”, then pull the trigger. You’ll be surprised how this can fix your timing. It’s not easy when you first try it but you’ll get used to it after five or 10 balls.

          After four lessons this summer, I was hitting it good an all of a sudden, lost it. I went back to my instructor thinking I had some mechanical fault and he told me it was just my transition getting quick and gave me the drill.

          Good luck if you try it!


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