Fixing Swing Faults (Part 1)

Bradley Hughes explains how to fix one part of your swing, you need to take the entire swing into account (Part 1).

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BRADLEY HUGHES: Are you the kind of person who makes a swing change, thinks, this is it, I've got it, then two weeks later, it's gone again? Let me explain why.

Every little change that we make in our golf swing has a direct relationship to some other area of the swing. So initially, we might say all right, I'm going to get my right elbow in here. And that does wonders. It works.

Two weeks later, it's not working again. So now, you're just chasing your tail around. You think, all right, I did that. Why doesn't that work?

And then you start looking at other, different things to try and put that magic back together again. The right elbow leading had a direct relationship on your backswing or your downswing or your after swing. And, for a moment, it was OK.

However, the more you kept doing it and doing it, it plays havoc with some other area of the swing. So in the process of trying to fix something that you saw was maybe not quite right, you've actually also adjusted another area of your swing that may have been OK, or may not have been right also. But we've got a big change. So just focusing on one thing has actually altered not only that, but something else.

So I had a student come to me probably about 18 months ago, two years ago. And he said he had 20 different lessons off all different people and his backswing was way up there. And no one could change him.

Why? Because they're all worried about changing that. They're trying to change the look of the backswing. Whereas the truth was, when I started working with him changing what his hit felt like and explained to him a little bit of the hit is not just here, the hit is a continuation because things happen sooner in the swing, we went out, did some work on that for about 15 minutes with some drills.

And then we came back out and his first swing back, he went right there. And I showed him on the screen. And he looked me and he said, that's not me. Which was funny because he had the same clothes on, the same hat, same shoes, same everything. So it was him.

But he was a little bit taken aback that his backswing changed by not making that focus. So that's what I'm getting at with this logic is-- some of the things we see aren't really the cause. It's something else.

This is one of the reasons why I believe there's no such thing as a Band-Aid. There's not a quick fix in the golf swing. Sure it may work, or we can solve something quickly, obviously. But it can always or often be to the detriment of something else.

And if the thing it alters is already in good shape, then we actually ruined things in the process. So it really pays to understand the whole motion, not just concerning yourself with the grip or aiming straight.

I mean we can aim straight if we swing this way, or this way, or that way. We have aim based on our release. And the only way we can change our alignment is not by doing it. We have to change the way we release the club, where the face points in the path, so then we can learn to aim for it.