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How important is Off-Season Work
January 6, 2012Posted by on
I find that the off-season is the absolute best time to work on improving the mechanics of your swing. Changing the mechanics of the swing also must coincide with what the student’s goals are and how much time they are willing to put into the equation. Trying to change a technical aspect in somebody’s golf swing during the season on a Wednesday for instance and they are playing golf on Saturday isn’t fair. It’s not fair for the instructor or for the golfer. This in my opinion is where golf instruction fails and where coaching thrives. That I’ll explain another time.
What every golfer needs to understand is that you are ultimately being judged on your ability to control the flight of the golf ball from tee to green and not the motion of the swing. If you keep that in mind you are well on your road in starting to shoot lower scores. If you plan on making any swing changes those changes better be a result of improving a ball flight and not fitting into the method of your instructor. We all have seen it week in and week out, all touring professional have their own unique style in swinging the club. They have learned to develop the skills necessary to control their ball and you are no different.
Improving your motion is also best done without you seeing the flight of the golf ball. The key word is YOU! The instructor must have a tool to precisely measure your impact alignments because those impact alignments control the flight of the ball. If you don’t believe me, research the D-Plane yourself. The D-Plane is ball flight law on center face hits. Tools that accurately measure impact alignments make working indoors well worth it.
Lastly, using a stat tracking program such as Shot-by-Shot during the season makes figuring out what YOU need in the off-season easy. These stats help a coach create your program for improvement. Without stats it’s almost like shooting in the dark! If you don’t have stats, start researching Shot-by-Shot and get on it. It will be well worth your time and I’m pretty certain it could open your eyes to what you truly need. Why do I say this? I have student’s using Shot-by-Shot now and it has changed what my students now want from me. That and most students are not honest with what they really need. I have learned what golfers’ want isn’t exactly what they need. Now since we are in the off-season and you probably have no stats, so we really don’t know what you need. This is where getting some type of ball control skills testing is a must! That test will help direct you in a direction to start your off-season improvement program.