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Major Swing Surgery – Having a swing rebuild


If you have been unwell for a long time, or there is something major wrong with your health then your doctor may tell you that the only way to get better permanently is to have surgery. It can be the same with golf, and sometimes just as painful. As a golf coach, I frequently see clients who have tried numerous golfing pills and potions to fix their golfing ailments. They will have found that they can only get temporary relief with various tips or quick fix cures, but the underlying problem still remains. The only answer is to get back to basics and rebuild the swing. This is not an option to be considered lightly as it will involve a considerable amount of work from coach and player as well as expense and some heartache.


In all honesty around 80% of golfer who consult me will say they want to “rebuild” there golf swings but in reality only 8-10% will see through the process of creating a good swing from the ground up. I mean no criticism; it is just a fact that most players (even professionals) would rather try and play with a sick swing than to suffer the pain of a real rebuild.


Most golf swings have faults, even top player have some correction in their swings, perhaps an “anti-hook move” or some other non-standard action that is unique but repeatable. There is no such thing as the perfect golf swing; even Ben Hogan’s swing had a number of “keys” that he needed to practice frequently to keep his swing functioning effectively. In his case he endured many years of mediocre golf before he discovered the correct swing key. These are however, fundamentally good swings that have minor faults, but some swings are fundamentally flawed. If you have a swing that is built on such poor foundations (with the wrong power source, incorrect grip, posture, alignment, aim or ball position) that it cannot be patched; then you may have no choice but to undertake a swing rebuild.


Should you decide to embark on your own swing reconstruction there are some things you must do.


  1. Get a competent, experienced golf coach who understands your swing and can create a realistic and believable plan for your rebuild process, you can expect this to be at least a year.
  2. Set a budget for how many lessons you can afford (both in time and money).
  3. Give up any plan to play competitively until you and your coach decide that the time is correct for you to test your new swing in battle.
  4. Give yourself and your coach mercy and time to finish the process. The 9 out of 10, who fail the rebuild process, do so because they are impatient and start to attribute blame for every bad shot.
  5. Have a plan and stick to it!


Undertaking a fundamental swing change is hard work, but you will only start the process if your swing is beyond repair, so look forward to a brighter future to get you through the possible tough times. With a good coach and your commitment, you can do it!

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