Have you ever noticed how your friends can hit amazing clean shots and then they fall apart on the next shot? Could it be a change in their psyche or a physical change in their body? I’m convinced that I have a combination of both problems and you may have the same.
I really started thinking about this when I saw an article about the ups and downs in Brooks Koepka’s game. He ended 2018 as the number 1 player in golf but a knee injury and a stem cell operation to repair his knee have really made it difficult for him to return to his winning form. As it turned out the repair of his knee caused him to lose his rhythm.
Fortunately he spent some training time with Claude Harmon III and discovered that his weight shift at impact was not moving to his left side. During his peak performance his weight shift was 70% on his left side at the point of impact. He learned that he was not swinging well because he had lost his rhythm and his point of impact was with 70% of his weight still on his trailing side.
Brooks had to retrain his swing because his knee recovery made a huge impact on his swing. ARE YOU RUSHING YOUR SWING?
If you are favoring an injury or you are frustrated with your results, your psyche may be out of whack. Your brain may be rushing your transition so that you never start your weight transfer at the top of your swing. DISAPPOINTMENT and ANGER may be limiting your golf results.
If I don’t warm up my “swing muscles” (and I mean all of them: hips, shoulders, arms and BRAIN), I tend to rush my transition at the top and miss my weight shift. So I know that I have a mental and physical problem when I start playing a round of golf. It takes me until the second nine before I finally loosen up my body and to start using my weight shift properly.
Brooks missed his chance to win a three-peat for the Wanamaker Trophy and the PGA Championship but he’ll be back. Practice with GOLFSTR+ and find your rhythm. Buy one today at www.GOLFSTR.com
Golf Truism #32: The rake is always in the other trap. (But not during the Pandemic.)