Why Most People Fail To Change Their Swing

steep down swingNumber 1 and simplest reason – they don’t commit to it.

2nd reason?  They don’t commit to it.

3rd reason?  They don’t know what to change or how, thinking that you can remove a swing flaw from a moving motion by simply deciding to.

Let me tell you a little something that the teaching gurus don’t tell you – without completely overhauling your swing, you aren’t going to change anything, and if you don’t make the commitment to see it through, you’re dead in the water to begin with.

I have fallen into that same trap myself.  All around.  I tried something, it didn’t work right away, and I gave up.

I used to have a very steep down swing plane and an outside-in club path at impact.  Divots hard left, and pretty gouged at times.

Kind of like this:

steep down swing


Now, I resisted changing my swing fundamentally because I could hit it so long.  I was afraid I’d lose my swing speed and/or distance by changing to a more conventional-looking swing.

But guess what?


down swing plane dj

Beats This:

steep down swing

Hands Down.

I tried flattening my swing plane with the things I found out in the Wax Golf Ben Hogan Project.  When I swung that way, my down swing plane flattened out, but it was artificial – I don’t like Ben Hogan’s swing (love his pivot, which was superb) because it had too many anti-hook compensations in it.

I don’t like compensations of any kind, and I thought I was doomed to either swing like I swung, hitting 350 yard drives with what some call a “slice move,” or getting my swing plane down to conventional, with a rigged and compensation-riddled swing motion.

I didn’t want to do either.

I wanted to fix my swing flaws.

So I did.

And it took about six weeks from when I said, “No, this isn’t going to stand, I’m going to swing according to the right-handed UMCS model I built for right-handed swingers.”

Six weeks.

To change completely from a left-dominated swing, to what you’re seeing now in my latest swing clips.

So, it can be done.

But you have to commit.


2 thoughts on “Why Most People Fail To Change Their Swing

  1. jh32

    It takes six weeks to make a habit and six weeks to break a habit. So you were right on schedule.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, looks like that doesn’t it Jim? Not only… someone we know talked about it taking ten years to master something… another “right on schedule” moment, it seems! 🙂

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