Instinct vs Process

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Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan famously said that you should basically do the opposite of what you want to do in the golf swing.  That’s a heck of a thought to start out with!  So many golfers try to follow Arnold Palmer’s advice to “swing your swing.”  That’s great coming from a man nicknamed “The King” whose father was a head professional at a golf club.  But, the majority of golfers do not come from such pedigree and do not achieve results close to what they are capable of.

In every major athletic endeavor there are fundamentals that need to be mastered.  This foundation is what determines how high you will be able to ascend in that sport.  The problem that I found once I became determined to rebuild my golf swing was a lack of definitive fundamentals.  Every teacher told me something different, and what they said was often at odds with something I had been taught previously. 

Enter Ben Hogan.  It is his modern fundamentals that I used to rebuild my swing.  I found during my 6 years of research that everything he said had tremendous merit, and the only thing his advice needed was a more intuitive framework for standardized instruction so that his genius could be more easily shared. 

I think the problem starts from the moment we take a club in our hands.  Since we can manipulate the club with our hands and arms, its easy to think they are what we use to hit the ball.  Then, most amateurs begin to add some shoulders and swing the club around them to gain speed and from that moment they begin to ingrain motions that will not be helpful to them on their golfing journey.

The second major problem is the ball is lying on the ground.  This creates a conundrum in the mind of a beginning golfer.  “How do I get this ball in the air?  I guess I have to get under it.”  And, so “scooping” and all manner of derivations of good technique start to creep in.  Mr. Hogan said the golf swing is like a baseball swing on shallower plane.  I’ve been aware of this for a long time but it took me years to get it through my head!

If you are not a “natural” when it comes to golf, getting better will take some work.  I found this work to be tremendously enjoyable.  One of the most important things that I recommend is working on the lower body and weight shift first in regards to the downswing.  Most folks are thinking first of the arms and hands that are moving the club, at least I did for many years and it lead to ruin.  Remember, the arms and hands are only coming along for the ride.

Christo Garcia
Founder My Swing Evolution