Lou Thibeault is a teaching golf professional at The Links of Naples, 16161 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. You may reach him at 394-8102, or 417-1313.
Finding Your Keys
You have probably heard the remark, “I found the keys!” after a very good round of golf. It is something you may hear when a player shoots a low score and his swing keys or concentration points have allowed him a very rewarding day. It is usually triggered by repeating a thought and movement. However, the next round of golf may not have the same results with the exact same swing keys. There are many things that can interfere with a consistent motion: timing, balance, rhythm, or force. The average golf swing usually takes place within a half of a second and it’s difficult to focus on more than one key. When a player has developed the basic fundamentals and understands that you swing the club back and up, then swing it down to the lowest point and then up again, the goal to make the same exact club head track becomes the guideline for consistency. Each player might have a different key to make the same swing. Then it becomes each player’s duty to find the key or keys needed to develop his own swing. There are so many good teachers today and so many good articles written, that fitting the keys or swing movements to your swing should be easier. People who want to improve, need to find the information that will fit their swing problems and then train to develop those changes. Practice with the information that pertains to you and your swing and allow lots of time to make the transition. It could take week, so try to remain patient and just hang in there.