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How many on here have had success just swinging the swing you have? Meaning, once you grasp the fundamentals of golf ( posture -grip - alignment). You just swing the club without concern if it’s look. But just concerned about advancing the ball to the target.

Im really enjoying just taking this approach to golf. The more I delved in swing change lessons. The worse my game became. I now know where my miss is. Anyone else follow this logic. And how long have you played this way 

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I’ve played with a couple guys who shared that line of thought. One had a huge sweeping slice/fade while the other hit a low hook. Both guys understood the characteristics of their ball flights and adapted their aim accordingly.

 

If getting better is the end goal the above school of thought is not the easiest route. If simply enjoying every outing with little concern on improving your game is the goal then tempering expectations while playing “your swing” will certainly get you there.

 

 

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I like the Crossfield method of instruction where you don't try to teach someone a perfect swing, and instead attack it with path, face, and attack angles. An instructor without GCQuad or Trackman isn't worth it in today's day and age, IMO -- the data is just too valuable.

So to answer your question, yes, I think you can play with what you have, but some simple thoughts can help you get improved impact numbers. Whatever you do from the time you bring the ball back, to when you strike it, doesn't matter IMO. Look at that new guy on tour that GGswingtips is coaching. Everything he does looks like a baseball swing, yet when he gets to impact, it's successful.

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54 minutes ago, yungkory said:

I like the Crossfield method of instruction where you don't try to teach someone a perfect swing, and instead attack it with path, face, and attack angles. An instructor without GCQuad or Trackman isn't worth it in today's day and age, IMO -- the data is just too valuable.

So to answer your question, yes, I think you can play with what you have, but some simple thoughts can help you get improved impact numbers. Whatever you do from the time you bring the ball back, to when you strike it, doesn't matter IMO. Look at that new guy on tour that GGswingtips is coaching. Everything he does looks like a baseball swing, yet when he gets to impact, it's successful.

I agree with this 👏

 

we have a few quirky swings at the club- one fans the blade way open in the backswing while the handle moves away from his body, it's difficult to watch but he's off a 1 handicap.

our pro picks it up so steeply (due to an injury) but he hits the ball like only a pro can.

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I just keep going back to Arnold Palmer "swing your swing". Who cares if it looks ugly (Jim Furyk), if it's repeatable, works and you can play it, go for it.

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I have to agree with @SteddyGolf, swinging "your swing" can be fun, and many people can play reasonably well that way.  But for others, taking that route can really limit a player.    

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I think most of us swing our swing and play with what we brought.  There's a lot of awkward swings that made good money on the pro tour -- Jim Furyk, Ray Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player all come to mind.  This is not to say that most of us don't try to improve our swing, as well.  Personally, I'm always working on a better swing, with better face control and better ball contact.  I work on this on the range.  On the course, I rely on my swing as I'm swinging.

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24 minutes ago, CarlH said:

I think most of us swing our swing and play with what we brought.  There's a lot of awkward swings that made good money on the pro tour -- Jim Furyk, Ray Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player all come to mind.  This is not to say that most of us don't try to improve our swing, as well.  Personally, I'm always working on a better swing, with better face control and better ball contact.  I work on this on the range.  On the course, I rely on my swing as I'm swinging.

I absolutely agree with this, when I'm actually playing, I'm using whatever swing I have.  

If I understood the OP correctly, he was talking about NOT trying to change your swing through lessons and/or practice.  In my opinion, that approach will impose a limit on how well most people can play.  For most of us, changing and improving our swings is the only way to long-lasting improvement in playing ability.

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When I play my best I’m not thinking of my swing at all. Last year, I was playing at Barton Creek with a friend, and the front 9 was awful. I grabbed two beers at the turn, and somehow, just played the back. I ended-up even par on the second nine. The difference was not thinking. But, I will say, that it took me paying for lessons to start improving, as my old swing wasn’t working. We can want to swing our swing, but if it isn’t a good one, sound mechanically, then golf will remain a struggle.


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I absolutely agree with this, when I'm actually playing, I'm using whatever swing I have.  
If I understood the OP correctly, he was talking about NOT trying to change your swing through lessons and/or practice.  In my opinion, that approach will impose a limit on how well most people can play.  For most of us, changing and improving our swings is the only way to long-lasting improvement in playing ability.


The idea is to have fun. I’m only commenting because a wide range of people read these threads and it would be 1 in a million who stumbled on their very best golfing potential through the do it yourself method. It’s simply not the wisest approach if playing the best golf you are capable of is your goal.

The usual suspect pros have been brought up here as if they stumbled on it this way. Their swings may look awkward to our untrained eyes. These guys are not weekend hackers. They do or did work with teachers to make their swings as efficient as possible. Furyks father is a teaching pro. Palmer grew up on a golf course and on it goes. The quirks in their swings developed because of their body types or a desire to eliminate a certain shot that plagued them (Trevino’s opened stance block fade to avoid a hook at all costs).

It’s fine to do it your way but working with a good teacher and practicing what you are learning is the simplest way to play your best golf.

This is a test that I would love to see MGS do. 12 guys who’ve never taken lessons, 6 go through the season as they always do, the other 6 take lessons, practice and play. At the end of the year see if there’s any difference in the groups.


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All great thoughts above.  As to the OP, you are describing my swing when I started playing 27 years ago at age 45.  I was sure that I could teach myself to play.  I played a lot of sports, and while not great at anything I could play reasonably well at most anything.  Like most beginners, I started with a big slice to the right which could also result in a pull to the left.  Yes, I could play it and had a lot of fun doing it.  However, as @DaveP043 said it limited my ability to improve.  I didn't have the control of the ball that I wanted, and my driving distance was less than it should be.  Combine that with a lousy short game and I eventually got frustrated.  I nearly quit because I couldn't get better on my own.  I had suggestions from better players, but it wasn't until I went to a coach to fix my swing flaws that I saw improvement.  I still have flaws, and I will always be working to improve.

Everyone is different.  If the goal is to just be outdoors, either playing alone or with friends and not caring about your score, then it doesn't really matter what swing you have.  For others, it's the challenge of improving... hitting the ball straighter, further, or be able to play certain shots.  When they attain a certain level of proficiency, they will seek a new goal.  

It's a game remember, and the game is played however you want to play it.  

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Great responses everyone.When I took lessons for the past decade. They always wanted to change my over top pull or cut. And turned me into a hooker - duck hooker of the golf ball. I’ve went from an in play short cut off the tee. Too an out of control hard hook into the woods. They did fix the over the top. But I felt so under. That my only alternative was swing inside out and hook it. It’s a process I know. And I admit that the bad play just discouraged me ingraining further. Even though it is par for the course.

Now, I’m just using what I have. Using the swing that is considered inferior. But either gives me cut or a slight pull on average. Just way more enjoyable knowing where the ball might end up. Even though the lesson draw-hook swing would yield me a better player in the future . Once ingrained if I stuck it thru 

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I play to an index of 5, and I have never taken a lesson. My swing is a product of many years of playing sports, it’s natural, and i know what’s going on with it. In order for me to get my index lower, I will likely need to get a few lessons to get me over that hump, but for know I just swing what I got

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I'm currently relearning my golf swing with lessons. I finished last year mostly content with where my game was, my swing was not pretty, mostly arms and wrists with a 3/4 swing, I was not going to out drive anyone but I was ok and wanting to be better.

I decided before this new season I wanted to get in shape , drop weight and really try to improve my game, golf is my thing now and I wanted to get better , more consistent ball striking and get better with the scoring clubs. Its been a frustrating process, new grip, rotation, clearing the hips to a great finishing position. Aiming to hit down on the ball and not the c motion scoop motion.

Not sure where I'm going with this, but I felt to get better I needed to change my swing and not adjust to my poor form to get somewhat better results.

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Great responses everyone.When I took lessons for the past decade. They always wanted to change my over top pull or cut. And turned me into a hooker - duck hooker of the golf ball. I’ve went from an in play short cut off the tee. Too an out of control hard hook into the woods. They did fix the over the top. But I felt so under. That my only alternative was swing inside out and hook it. It’s a process I know. And I admit that the bad play just discouraged me ingraining further. Even though it is par for the course.
Now, I’m just using what I have. Using the swing that is considered inferior. But either gives me cut or a slight pull on average. Just way more enjoyable knowing where the ball might end up. Even though the lesson draw-hook swing would yield me a better player in the future . Once ingrained if I stuck it thru 


There’s nothing wrong with just wanting to roll out of bed, go to course and have fun - we don’t play golf for a living. I’m pretty surprised that a modern teacher would try to make such a radical change. That would cost you a season at least.

Go have fun


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Reminds me a lot of this video talking about finding your natural swing. 

 

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We all have different body shapes, physical capabilities and athletic abilities. So swinging with what you got or how you can is one thing. Grip, posture and alignment are just a piece of the puzzle. When you look at pros or high level amateurs their swings look different at different points in the swing but what they all have in common is the few inches before impact thru release.

i play with guys who were self taught or had some basic lessons and several have been able to get to single digits but will have days where they look and play like a high cap (I’m also in this boat). Due to my ability to recover the swing and make ok or better contact there are days where when it’s off it can be way off.

i had a lesson today with a new instructor and was somewhat surprised that her thoughts and approach on the swing are similar to my last two instructors. She had a different way to go about teaching, explaining and demonstrating how to achieve the feels. She isn’t technical in teaching positions but focuses on feels. We used what I have and can do to get the feels to achieve better positioning that makes delivering the clubhead better and more consistent.

 

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Okay.... I'll comment.

I have never been fit for clubs. I have taken a few lessons. I have learned and tried to apply what I have learned from those lessons.

I have never tried to change my swing. I'm 59 years old and soon to be 60. I have no desire to go through what it takes to change my swing. I'm a serious, casual golf fanatic...lol. I LOVE to play golf! I always have fun.... even if I get aggravated sometimes.

I have come to terms with my age and ability at this age. I know for a fact I could be a better player with more lessons/fitting/practice............... I don't care! I work 10+ hours a day for at least half of the year. I have no time for lessons or getting fit (my excuse...lol). I play what I have.... and I have a good time doing so. Of course I would like to be a better player, but at almost 60 and shooting in the low 80's high 70's most of the time.............. I enjoy the game and the people I play with. To me, that is more important than being as good as I could possibly be.

 

 

 

 

 

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Okay.... I'll comment.
I have never been fit for clubs. I have taken a few lessons. I have learned and tried to apply what I have learned from those lessons.
I have never tried to change my swing. I'm 59 years old and soon to be 60. I have no desire to go through what it takes to change my swing. I'm a serious, casual golf fanatic...lol. I LOVE to play golf! I always have fun.... even if I get aggravated sometimes.
I have come to terms with my age and ability at this age. I know for a fact I could be a better player with more lessons/fitting/practice............... I don't care! I work 10+ hours a day for at least half of the year. I have no time for lessons or getting fit (my excuse...lol). I play what I have.... and I have a good time doing so. Of course I would like to be a better player, but at almost 60 and shooting in the low 80's high 70's most of the time.............. I enjoy the game and the people I play with. To me, that is more important than being as good as I could possibly be.
 
 
 
 
 


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