Finding THE Perfect Swing vs. Finding YOUR Perfect Swing

Read the title again. What’s the difference? I believe there is. There may be no such thing as THE perfect swing, but there is certainly a limit to each of our physical and mental abilities. Our own personal limits are very hard to define, especially in golf, since there will always be missed putts, mis-hit shots, etc.

But at some point, serious golfers should abandon the search for THE perfect swing, and work of making their swing and overall game the best that it can be. By this I am advocating that golfers give up the constant swing changes, tinkering with mechanics, training aids, and equipment changes and get back to the game they played when they were kids. Play the course versus swing the club. Practice your swing a try to build a single repeatable ball flight. Who cares if your shot shape is ugly? If you hit low cuts all day long, but you can repeat it, and you know where it’s going; you’ll be able to score.

Most of us (myself included) are not able to physically swing the club like the world’s elite players or hit the kind of shots that they can pull off. We may not be 23 years old like Rory McIlroy, or put together as big and flexible as Ernie Els (at this writing, McIlroy and Els are the last two Major Championship winners). That doesn’t mean that we’re incapable of playing the game very well.

A turning point for me came watching Todd Hamilton win the Open Championship in 2004. Mr. Hamilton was a journeyman player, with a self-made swing who won a Major because he could repeat his swing and knows where the ball is going. More recently, guys like Bubba Watson and Tommy Gainey have become elite players with non-traditional swings. What does this tell us?

While these players’ unorthodox swings may look unusual, they do have solid fundamentals. Repetition is the keep to consistency. And there’s not one perfect or ideal ball flight. By understanding your swing and knowing where your ball is going, you can play at a very high level without having a model swing.

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Brant Kasbohm, PGA
Director of Instruction