October 6, 2014
A question for our PGA members...something I think might be enlightening for members here.
If you teach indoors over the winter what is the most common issue you see among your students that they have to work one for the season ahead?
Golf Geek, Golf Industry Lifer (30 seasons and counting), PGA of Canada Candidate For Membership, Titleist Certified Fitting Professional
December 11, 2014
Great question SM....the one thing I see on a regular basis, and I'm sure the one thing many pro's can attest to, is that the average golfer tends to slice the ball or curve it hard from left to right (right handed golfers) most of the time...The one thing I tend to work on a lot of time is getting the golfer to swing on a path from inside-out which we know is the key to creating the all elusive draw shot that tends to gain them some distance, doesn't necessarily gain them distance but definitely tends to depending on certain parameters.
With the use of TrackMan that I use as a tool while teaching, I'm able to prove to the golfer indoors and outdoors that although it may "feel weird", that this "odd feel" is helping them change their ball flight quite drastically. Most golfers are reluctant to change because change doesn't usually feel right to the golfer because it's different from what they usually do, but once they understand that the feel is just a feel of change and that this change is correcting their ball flight then they usually buy in quite quickly and with a bit of education and understanding, any golfer is able to make the correct adjustments and can get rid of the all too familiar "banana ball".
The other nice thing about teaching indoors is that the golfer becomes less result oriented on where the ball ends up, like they are when outdoors on the range, and more focused on producing the movement that allows them to change the direction in which they are swinging and shifting the path in a different direction.
Using TrackMan is a great tool that validates the changes being made and is so crucial as we can't see club path on video, even with all the lines drawn on a screen by many people trying to show the club path changing, we truly don't know the path just by looking at a video. Without measuring the club path we truly don't know what the path is actually doing. I would say out of all the things I personally see and are changing on a daily basis that this is the most common issue, which I believe is your question.
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