How Alex Got His Groove Back

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I had an entry not too long ago where I discussed my issues early this season. In that entry, ‘The Effects of Practicing in Isolation” I talked about the druthers of practicing in my backyard, into a net. Unfortunately, boredom stepped in and I started experimenting with a bunch of non-descript things with a focus on mechanics. A significant mistake for a feel player.

The struggles either on the range or on the course were nauseating. Watching my swing on video was even worse, and I had to fix it, stat!

So, I got to work, and here we are just over a week since that article, and I’m very pleased to announce that “I’m fixed”. You could say that I’m in a groove again and suddenly all is right in the world. But the question is, how did Alex get his groove back?

As tempting as it is to be over dramatic, I won’t be. I didn’t bludgeon myself over the head with a 9-iron (no Tiger/Elin double-entendre meant) and to be honest, I didn’t really do anything other than suggesting what I said at the end of that article. I simply, swung my swing. That’s it! Honest! I have the tools, the knowledge, and the swing or shall I say “my” swing already. After all, I spent five long years of blood, sweat, and tears of a swing reconstruction under my belt. By the way, all of those things I mean quite literally.

Also helping me to remember who I was or am as “Golfer Alex” was one picture that I found. A picture that was taken before I met my coach. This one frame of me from several years ago triggered my memory a little. In that one shot (pictured below), I picked up on a lot of good stuff to take to my consequent range sessions.

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The pic was taken while I was experimenting with “Stack and Tilt” and while I will not go into a deep conversation about “S & T” in this picture here’s what I saw that I took to Brock Golf Course for my sessions since that ill-fated article.

  • Weight is set up on the lead leg
  • My lead shoulder had gotten down, under the chin
  • A straight(ish) lead arm (physiologically, I cannot straighten it)
  • I’ve stayed connected
  • Good angles between forearm vs shaft
  • Arms and hands are out in front of the body

The funny thing is I remember that shot vividly. It was an 8-iron that flew just over 160 yds. Just a slight draw. As a matter of fact, it was a push-draw. Admittedly, a lot has happened healthwise since that pic including and not limited to a stroke. So, 160 yard 8-irons are a distant memory. God, has it actually been a decade since that picture was taken?

If I were asked to describe “my swing” and I would call it “Frankenstein”. Of course, there’s all of the work I did with my coach where there were some elements of “S&T”. So there’s a little bit of “S&T” here, maybe a little bit of Mike Bender there (think Zach Johnson) with a lot of influence from Kay McMahon (EduKaytion Golf) more recently, for good measure. All that I know is this. When I add them all up, they are “my swing”.

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No, those are not my divot pattern. That’s awful! Ugh!

Since re-discovering “my swing”, my range sessions have been very good. It no longer feels like I’m working hard out there. It feels like striking the golf ball has become easy again. I feel comfortable in my shoes addressing my ball. There’s no “white noise” getting in the way which inadvertently caused an increase in grip pressure. Sure, I may have the occasional mis-hit (who doesn’t) but all things considered, I’m pretty happy with 90% of my range buckets.

I’m driving down and through the ball, even as the clay-based soil has gotten hard I still take proper divots. My divot patterns are straight, there’s great compression, and the ballflight is exactly what I’m after. Straight to push-draw. The right side is no longer an issue and is once again a non-factor. When I do miss, it’s a “low-left” as it should be when I miss. My coach always said that “Your miss low and left is good. That’s easy to fix and it means that you’re close. It’s the “pros miss”. Out to the right, is bad. There’s a lot that could be going on to cause that miss”. This is something that I pass on to my students.

Damn, it feels good to be back!! Alex has gotten his groove back.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee