In my career I have spent thousands of hours on the tee with golfers of all levels from beginners to players that have won majors and I’ve come to realize something. One major reason golfers struggle is that they are trying to do the wrong things in their swing because they read or heard bad advice.

There are many statements golf instructors, that should know better, make about what is right or wrong or essential in the golf swing that is simply not true. It is just their opinion of what a swing should look like and golf is not about having a beautiful swing. It is about being able to hit good golf shots and one don’t require a swing with all the correct positions.

I plan on doing a series of these as we go along just to help you stop wasting your time working on the wrong things and understanding it is all about controlling impact, no matter how you need to go about it.

My take away is not correct – I take the club too sharply to the inside on the way back.

Ray Floyd – winner of four major titles on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

Ray Floyd

Nancy Lopez – She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships.

Nancy Lopez

Miller Barber – 11 wins on the PGA Tour and 24 wins on the Champions Tour

Miller Barber

These are just a few examples of how you can have a non-traditional golf swing and still be a good ball striker. If you decide to get help with your game, find someone that doesn’t start by pointing out what you are doing wrong. Find someone that will focus on what you do well and help you build on it.

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