Man when a golf swing goes bad, IT REALLY GOES BAD. Somewhere a couple months ago, I completely lost it. No not my mind, my golf swing, which had been so solid for so long. I started tinkering with every little thing I could think of and nothing was fixing it. It wasn’t that I couldn’t shoot decent scores, because my short game and putting were still decent, but my ball striking was so poor I couldn’t make contact on the center of the club face to save my life.
I didn’t have a “go-to” club in my bag. At least nothing below a sand wedge. Driver, irons, hybrid, I couldn’t make solid contact with anything. I know, I should have just dropped everything and gotten a lesson, but I just couldn’t justify spending the money. I’ve broken down before, and I’ve fixed myself more than once, so this was nothing different. It was just taking longer than I had expected. Posture, stance, alignment, grip, balance, all of the fundamentals seemed intact..so what was the issue?
I ended up playing last Saturday, by myself, in the afternoon and it clicked. I had been hitting everything off the toe now for months and couldn’t figure out why. Finally I realized that I just wasn’t extending my arms completely at impact. I was “short arming” it, hence the resulting non-solid, toe shots. I made a conscious effort to fully extend my right arm (I’m a lefty) at impact and the results were instant. Center contact on all clubs. I had forgotten what it was like to hit my driver on the sweet spot, and the tee shots were just booming, and splitting the fairways. I finally got it back. It hit me that it’s always one little, simple thing that can completely derail a perfectly good golf swing.
Now if I can just remember to keep my head down.