Let’s face it, making swing changes is not always an easy thing to do. It doesn’t matter how small or how natural it might feel, anytime you’re attempting to change the way your body is used to swinging the club, it will take time. Unfortunately, many of us tend to fall into the trap of trying to make these changes at full speed. After all, if we’re struggling to make a proper swing at 90+ miles an hour, it stands to reason that trying to make corrections at that speed will be even more difficult. That is why I encourage anyone trying to implement a change to their swing to do so in slow motion.
Make the full length, and proper, swing, but do so at as little as 10% of your normal swing. Making full swings in slow motion allows you to have complete feel and control over your whole swing at the same time. With the help of a trusted friend or your home video equipment, follow these steps below towards making your swing changes quicker:
1. Start by recording yourself making complete swings as slow as you can possibly swing. Watching your slow motion swings on camera will allow you to see and feel your swing at the same time. The closer you can tie these to things together, the quicker you’ll be able to make changes.
2. Once your swing looks correct, use the same speed swing and start hitting balls. In the beginning, be indifferent to where the ball goes, you just want to see yourself making a proper swing at a ball. Once the swing looks good, you can now focus on hitting the ball solid and straight with that same speed swing.
3. As you get better at making ultra-slow swings and making solid contact, you can gradually increase the swing speed. When viewing these swings on camera, you should see little to no change in technique, just swing speed. When you reach the speed at which your swing technique deteriorates or your ball striking becomes erratic, back down. The speed that is slightly below your max is your ideal swing speed to play with.
There are two added benefits to slow motion swings. The first is that slow motion swings generate much less torque on your body and are low-impact, thereby you reduce the risk of injury, but are still able to get a lot of swings in. The second of which is that your swing will begin to feel more effortless, which we all know will produce straighter and further shots. The use of a weighted club can also be added for quicker muscle memory and strengthening. Also this is also a great way to warm up before a round to gain some confidence before playing.