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Is the golf swing intuitive to you?

Is the golf swing intuitive to you?   

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  1. 1. Is the golf swing intuitive to you?

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Every now and then I come across a video of someone with a truly bizarre golf swing.  It got me thinking about the swing in general.  Most people seem to have an idea of how to make a swing that "looks" like a golf swing (it may not go as desired), but every now and then there are some people that just can't figure it out.   Which one are you and what was your experience?    

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My swing isn’t unorthodox in any way, but it’s not natural to me. Bad shots often feel like good ones, I know what my face angle and path was immediately after each shot based on its flight, but I rarely know where my swing error came from. And I’ve heard people say they can feel where the club head is throughout their swing, I don’t have that sense at all. But I’ll keep trying…

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I voted yes, so I will explain why. I played hockey and baseball among other things when I was younger, I wouldn't refer to myself as athletic but my parents had me in a few sports growing up.

I like to explain that baseball taught me how to swing and hockey helped me to bring that swing to the ground. I don't really remember having an awkward swing or trying to figure it out, it was mostly seeing swings on tv and trying to emulate that. 

I have never really had much in the way of instruction either other than a teaching pro that I worked for giving me some tips occationally when I was hitting into the net during my shift. One of my favorite moments was when one of the customers came in for a lesson I was in the teaching bay and he started speaking to my boss. Well after I had left the net my boss told me that the customer had pointed at me and asked if I was the teaching pro.

I don't know if you would call that intuitive or if the swing came naturally or anything like that but swinging a golf club has always been a good feeling to me

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Sadly, my swing is not intuitive.  When I first started playing in my 30's, people were always telling me how good my swing looked, but I didn't hit the ball well.  After 30 years or so, I finally feel like I know how to hit a golf ball and no one ever says my swing looks good.

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I have generally been told I have a good golf swing.  While I have taken lessons,  I really haven't had a lot of rebuilding of my golf swing and it has always been tweaks to what I always did naturally and tweaks seem to be pretty easy to incorporate with a little practice.  Not saying I have a perfect swing,  but it has always been pretty functional. 

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Intuitive, no. Golf is the only sport that I have played where I need to think about how to swing a club. I can throw a football, throw and hit a baseball, etc. and not think about it. With golf, I don't even always get the setup right. 

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It's not intuitive for me but I think that's because mentally, I still have problems suppressing the hit impulse. I also played baseball and hockey in my younger, skinnier days and both of those involve hitting a moving object so for me, there was far more fluidity to those motions than a golf swing where you're hitting a stationary object. Thankfully lessons have definitely helped, but I never picked up a club, even as a teen, and felt like hitting a golf ball was the same as hitting a baseball. 

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Not very intuitive for me, I have to monitor my setup and usually have to think about certain aspects of the swing beforehand to make sure I execute properly.

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I think a of people let hitting the ball get in the way of swinging the club. My brother makes very nice practice swings... then he let's it rip trying to hit the ball. We all know how that goes...lol. I always have tried to just swing through the ball like a practice swing. It seems to work most of the time. There are those times that golf just says "not today buddy"...lol.

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Intuitive, absolutely not. I spent a lot of time learning to swing properly. When I first started the only thing intuitive was putting the token in the machine for range balls! I had no clue what I was doing. The more I read magazines and watched Harvey Penick VHS tapes (yes dating myself) the more confusing it got. To many swing thoughts. Keep you knees bent, left arm straight, don't grip to hard, is my alignment correct, am I shifting my weight forward and so on. I used to video tape myself watch it on a glass tube TV and then draw alignment lines on the TV with a dry erase marker and compare it to golfers in golf magazines . 

Fast forward 30 plus years later and I have no swing thoughts and everything is intuitive. I don't particularly care what my swing looks like, because it works for me. I haven't seen my swing in over 20 years. I think if I saw it it would probably mess me up and I would try to fix something that I should just leave alone. My philosophy, if it is working don't mess with it.

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My golf swing is 100% self taught, and intuitive.  I find that the less I thinks about mechanics, set up, take away, transition the better off I am 100 % of the time.  Just line up  and swing.  I started when I was 12-13, just chipping around my backyard with my brothers, we had a little 4 hole set up. The longest hole was 45 yards, but we would chip around the 4 holes all day long.  After all that chipping when I went to the full size course the full swing came pretty naturally, and I've just went with it.

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To answer this, I think I'd want to go back to my first few years playing golf.  I had this horrible slice, hardly ever hit one straight.  That was my "intuitive" golf swing, a bad one.  Since then I've learned to play a bit, cleaned up my grip, my address, my backswing, my lower body movement, my tempo.  So now this hugely improved swing seems natural, it seems intuitive, but its not the same swing I used when I was using only my own intuition.  So no, I don't think its intuitive.

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I voted yes, I am told I have a good swing, feels natural to me. Now if you would have if contact with the club and the ball was intuitive, that would be a resounding NO.


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No,  ideally would like to get to a more unconcise swing for driver and long irons but still have to think of at least one or two thoughts during each swing.          

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On 6/4/2021 at 4:42 PM, Jonny_Crash said:

Every now and then I come across a video of someone with a truly bizarre golf swing.  It got me thinking about the swing in general.  Most people seem to have an idea of how to make a swing that "looks" like a golf swing (it may not go as desired), but every now and then there are some people that just can't figure it out.   Which one are you and what was your experience?    

Interesting… I thought this was a different question… my swing is fairly basic and has survived multiple lay offs over the years… 

I can genetically put the face on the ball with any club, from my moms senior woman’s driver to the rebar shafts that are fun to demo… I can’t always control where it goes! But I’m pretty good at making a decent pass.

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Yes, because if I get too caught up in mechanics it messes me up more. I usually just swing to find my groove, identify some feel that I can try to recreate when I'm out on the course and repeat it. That feel changes from round to round and I go with what is working that day. 

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60% of the time, it works every time.  

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For some 5 decades I thought it was and then 10 years ago I had a mini stroke and had to relearn my swing and what had been intuitive has been replaced with me now struggling to find a way to strike the ball well again. Been frustrating for that last decade. Lessons would not help  since from one day to the next I have a problem just taking the club back the same way every stroke I take.

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