There are very few golf instructors in the world who offer your choice of swing methods. Which is why few will admit that there are in fact two distinct methods of swinging a golf club. I teach both golf swings and many students do better mixing them.
Remember the old golf adage, “The ball gets in the way of a good swing.”? The ball doesn’t care how you swing the club, only that the path is toward the target, the clubface is square to the path, and clubhead speed is sufficient to hit the ball the distance desired.
In addition to two very different methods of swinging a golf club, many self-taught golfers mix the two. You only have to go to any golf driving range to see the varied swings of those practicing their own hybrid method.
Or watch any professional golf tournament on TV and you will see a number of varied swings amongst the pros. Just to prove my point, examine the swings of these greats, Ricky Fowler, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Moe Norman, Hubie Green. Tiger is currently working out the kinks in his third golf swing change as a professional.
I played to a 20 handicap for about 30 years, and I was the best “D” player in my mens club – they knew I could string together a few pars to go with the doubles and triples on my “blowup” holes. I couldn’t maintain the timing for the traditional swing for even two solid hours.
At the tender age of 49, I learned the other golf swing, and within 6 months became a Natural Golf Certified Instructor. In that six months my handicap went to 12, and two years later, down to 6. By this time, I was one of Natural Golf’s “Top 25” Instructors.
My improvement was quick and dramatic, and I enjoyed the delayed reaction of my club members. Because I had been so bad for so long, it took three years before I became the best “B” player in the mens club; and one more year to make it to the “A” ranking.
In 2004, Natural Golf filed bankruptcy. I moved on to teach the traditional “Vardon Grip” golf swing, to go with my expertise in the single-plane swing of the great Canadian Hall of Famer, “Pipeline” Moe Norman.
It will become immediately evident that the “One Plane Swing” is easier to learn which makes it easier to teach. Still, some golfers don’t make the complete conversion and end up with a combination of the two swings. It doesn’t matter because they always get better at their game and their scores show it.
Natural Golf Corporation is still around with a new owner who bought the company out of bankruptcy. They now have some direct competition from a new company called “Parmasters”.
Both companies teach the swing that I learned to teach back in 1994, but neither of them allow for the traditional swing to be combined with the single plane swing. There is room for those who cannot change to a totally different body movement, but have no trouble changing posture, stance, and grip.