The blog is back after about a months absence and today I am going to go through each of the 16 conflicting viewpoints on golf instruction, and give my opinion on each one. I have cut back my work schedule and playing more golf than ever, which I am not to sure is good for my mental health, but we will see. Each of these points were blogged, so to see them in more detail just go back to the previous blogs, beginning in January. So here we go.
You should keep your left heel on the ground or you should raise your left heel. To me this is something that should just be a natural thing. If you need to lift your left heel to make a fuller swing then do it. I do not think you should raise your left heel deliberately. You should feel it is being dragged off the ground by the turn of the body
The putting stroke should be straight back and through, or it should be an arc, like the golf swing. Again this is something that does not make a difference as long as you know how to do the straight back and through stroke. If a lot of your putts are off line then this stroke could be for you.
The left arm should be straight throughout the swing, or it is ok to bend the left arm during the swing. It is fine to bend that left arm during the swing. In fact you may even be able to hit the farther with that little bend at the top of the swing.
Keep the ball position the same for all shots or move the ball back in the stance as the clubs get shorter. Try anything and do anything, when it comes to ball position until you find something that works.
The weight should be on the balls of your feet, over the arches just in front of the heels or over the heels. Over the arches and favoring the heels is where you want your weight. Stay off the balls of your feet or you will restrict your body turn.
Restrict your hip turn or do not restrict your hip turn. DO NOT RESTRICT YOUR HIP TURN UNLESS YOU ENJOY HAVING YOUR BACK OPERATED ON.
Your shoulders should turn 90 degrees or more if possible or they do not have to turn 90 degrees. They should turn 90 degrees if possible and an increased hip turn will help this.
Your swing should be compact or your swing should be nice and long. This is personal preference in my view. A shorter swing should have a faster tempo and a longer swing should have a slower tempo.
You should pause at the top of the swing or you should not make a conscious pause at the top. You should not make a conscious pause. It happens naturally.
Take the club back low and slow or this is the worst thing you can do. Again makes no difference. Find your method
Chip like you putt or do not chip like you putt. Chip like you putt, much easier
You should change your grip to help square your clubhead or you should not change your grip to square the club. Definitely, experiment with the grip to square the clubhead.
Hand position at address, many are advocated. Find yours and stick with it.
The first move to start the downswing, too many to mention. Find one, but be open to change if it does not seem to working.
Head movement. Don’t worrying about, but know what yours is doing and why. This has a lot to do with knee flex and the left heel.
Natural golf. Nothing natural about it. Forget about it.
What I find amazing about all of this is this is not even a complete list about the conflicting viewpoints of what it takes to hit a golf ball accurately. No wonder people find it difficult to play this game and even low handicappers seem stuck. Other than Natural Golf, I haven’t even included the other so call methods that are out there. I don’t know maybe we need some kind of federal regulation. I can see it now, the Federal Golf Commission (FGC), headed by Bob Toski. More discussion in future blogs.