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Rotary Swing’s 5 Steps to Improvement

How many times have you decided you want to get better at golf; so, you head out to the driving range determined you will get rid of your slice or produce better compression?

You heard a tip you want to try out, or maybe you saw something interesting on television. You start out by practicing this move, but after a few minutes, this isn’t working.

You move on to the next thing you want to try, and that is even worse. Maybe by the end of the session you have found a feeling that helps.

The worst part of all is that the next day the feeling is gone, and you are back to square one.

There is a reason all sports teams have coaches: Someone has to have the plan.

A good coach has a blueprint for how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Unfortunately, we don’t have this luxury in golf. We must be our own coach.

If you want to improve you must have a plan.

Here is a basic blueprint to start your own plan for improvement, so this can be your year of results:

1.        Identify the problem

You first must understand what it is you’re doing wrong.  I see a lot of people try to make swing changes when they are unclear of what exactly they are working toward.

They have an unclear view of the real issues that are holding them back.  If you do not fully understand what it is you want to change, it will be impossible to make a significant improvement.

2.       Find the solution

Luckily for you, has the solution for virtually any problem in golf.

This is crucial because you must understand exactly the process you need to follow to make any change. If you are unsure about what to do to change, you will often give up halfway through a change, or waste a whole lot of time practicing the wrong things.

3.       Make it look good on camera (exaggerate if necessary)

Changes will never feel good.

If I were to give you Tiger Woods’ swing today, it would feel as though you had the worst swing in the world. Your neurons have not been firing in the same order as his during the swing, so even this change will feel bad.

Anytime you fire your neurons differently, they send a signal to your brain saying, “This does not feel right; stop doing this.”

Your body is not used to making these movements and will try and resist.  While doing this, your timing and tempo will be off, and often your best swings will get the worst results.

Everything will feel terrible.  That’s why you have to make it look good on camera first.

If necessary, exaggerate.  Feel as though you’re making the changes two or three times more exaggerated than you are.

Remember the camera does not lie.  Until you have made a change on the camera, and you can see the differences, you’ve not made any change at all.

4.       Ingrain

Once you’re making moves correctly (looks good on camera), it is time to ingrain the moves.  This is when it will start to feel comfortable.

Until you’ve made at least 1000 repetitions, no change should feel comfortable.  If it does, you have most likely not changed, but instead have reverted back to old habits.

Remember, it will take between 3000 and 5000 repetitions to fully ingrain a movement. That doesn’t mean you won’t reap some of the rewards before then.  But the new movement will not be fully ingrained until this point.

5.       Results

Once you’ve completed the previous four steps, you’ll see the results.  Until this point, the results do not matter.

Prior to now, you’re working on changing your neurological system. You have not, and should not, be working to get results.

The full results will only come as the moves become ingrained. This means your neurons will fire seamlessly in the correct order.

It is very common to get frustrated when the results do not come immediately, but it is nearly impossible to make a change and get results all at once.

Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

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