Different golf coaches will tell you different things – so how do you know who to trust?
Views on how the golf swing works are like stories about near holes-in-one – everyone has one, and no-one really wants to listen to anyone else’s.
Absolutely everything within the golf swing can be cause for contention, which is crazy when you consider that various Tour Pro’s and major winners have displayed the most differing golf swings imaginable.
If Rory McIlroy’s swing is what you need to win golf tournaments, why has Jim Furyk won so many? If One coach’s ‘connection’ method can help players like SandyLyle and Seve Ballesteros win Majors, why do so many other teachers go for the ‘stack and tilt’ method?
There have always been conflicting views on the golf swing, but in this age of social media, they are even more noticeable and the disputes far more public.
There is an almost cult-like mentality among some coaches; dare to question their beliefs and you need to be prepared for some insults!
Certain coaches have a set view on how to do things, and feel it necessary to try to kill off any conflicting views, lest their view be undermined, leading to a loss of respect and, crucially, income.
Some coaches are traditionalists, staunch in their belief that the golf swing has never changed and that any new thoughts, developments or improvements in science are bordering on witchcraft.
Others are sensationalists, always looking for the ‘new way to swing’ – a vogue method that completely changes the game. These are usually the ever growing online self-professed “celebrity guru’s” trying to get themselves some attention by giving away FREE advice, perhaps to get more followers/likes/subscribers, advertising revenue, or get people signed up for a series of over expensive coaching sessions. Those examples are polarised, of course, but the debate itself can be pretty extreme.
Daring to question another golf coach’s view is often received in a way tantamount to mocking their religious beliefs while suggesting their personal hygiene leaves a lot to be desired! However, some coaches – in my mind the best kind – are open to healthy debate and always looking to increase their knowledge and continue to learn. Choosing one standpoint and refusing to ever question it is, in my mind, an easy and cowardly way out
We’re now in the fortunate position of having a wealth of data at our fingertips, where launch monitors like GC Quad, which we currently use at the Academy, can tell you exactly what is happening at impact. If you think this would put an end to the disagreements, you’d be sadly mistaken. Two coaches can look at the same set of data coming from the same swing and come to two completely contrasting views on what is working and what isn’t.
This is where finding not just a quality coach you can trust, but the right coach for YOU, becomes so important. As getting that wrong can sometimes cause long lasting damage to your swing, game, confidence and ultimately enjoyment of the game.
Choose carefully my friends!!