_ Recently I was asked a very good question about how to change a golf swing stroke pattern where the golf club travels too quickly to inside on the backswing making the golf swing too flat. This golfer was challenged to find an effective way to change his golf swing pattern when he was attempting to hit a golf ball towards a target.
In a perfect world every golfer would learn the golf swing techniques first then learn how to use them to hit golf shots to a target; however this is not realistic for the majority of golfers who have already learned their golf swing techniques at the same time they are attempting to hit perfect shots to the target.
_ If you desire to change your stubborn golf stroke pattern this year once and for all you might like to try the following reprogramming technique.
You can make significant progress with a golf swing change by practicing your swing against a wall (carefully) using the Back to the Wall Golf Swing Reprogramming Drill.
The idea is to stand with your back to the wall with your rear end about 6 inches away from it in your address position with a 7 iron. (Grip down on the iron if you’re limited for ceiling height)
_ Important: Put a head cover or something protective on the club head before you swing back very slowly to the top of your backswing.
When you arrive at the top swing down very slowly through the bottom of the swing and back to the top of the finish position.
This is the stroke pattern that you will ingrain over the next few months.
The idea is to change the pattern of your golf swing very deliberately at home initially, and ideally you would go about it just like this.
_ Now that you have completed the golf swing reprogramming home segment you will go to the driving range to develop the new pattern with golf balls.
Week 1. Go to the driving range and hit 75 shots with your seven iron at 50 percent of your normal speed 3 times each week for 2 weeks. (Do not worry about where the golf ball is going)
Week 2. Go to the driving range and hit 75 shots with your seven iron at 75 percent of your normal speed 3 times each week for 2 weeks. (Do not worry about where the golf ball is going)
Week 3. Go to the driving range and hit 100 shots with your seven iron at 75 percent your normal speed 3 times each week for 2 weeks. (Aim to hit your golf shots towards targets)
_ Now you have completed the golf range reprogramming segment you can go to the golf course to test the new stroke pattern in play.
Week 4. Go to the golf course and test out your new technique. Swing the golf club at 75 percent of your normal swing speed and have someone video some of your golf swings to validate the changes you have made.
You will discover that you can change your golf stroke pattern if you go about it very deliberately and also improve your golf shot-making consistency.
Remember though, that you change the stroke pattern before your develop your shot-making consistency.
_ It is very important that you get the order right.
On the driving range before your play you hit golf shots at 75 percent of your normal speed. This is important as your old program operates at 100 percent and if you increase the speed of your golf swing pattern to 100 percent it is likely that your old pattern will start to manifest itself.
This reprogramming technique will work if you follow the program just as it is written.
Let me know how you go once you have completed the program.
Until next time,
Lawrie Montague and David Milne