The ironic thing is, since I play sports right-handed, not just swinging a golf club, if I had been taught a golf swing with a right-dominant motion, I would have picked it up with no issues.
However, having swung left-dominant for so many years, I am finding myself having to really focus on taking the left side bias out of both the setup and the swing action (the impulse to drag the club through with the left arm rather than swing down and through with the right), but I made progress today.
When I got home, I did more work on the feel of the right-handed swing action and compared it to the feel and motion I had hitting balls earlier today.
I wasn’t there, but I was pretty close on the setup, miles off on the mechanics, so more work on the setup and feel of the right side controlling the club, I’ll go again later this week after a couple of days’ practice and repetition.
It is so easy to perform the motion with a swing aid, but everything changes when you hold a club in your hand, as you may well agree – now, the trained impulses take over and leave you feeling as though you don’t even know which end of the club you’re holding, trying to override that trained impulse to build a different feel and motion over the old.
The trick is to get the setup nailed perfectly so that there is no option other than to swing with the right side dominant, after which athletic instinct will kick in after a proper swing or two, and then things should settle down.
The thing is that while the right side is dominant, there is still a role that the left side and arm play, but you have to get it right or everything goes haywire.
I’m up to it however, as this is the stuff I love – my favorite part of playing a sport was always the time when things went from awkward and robotic to smooth and natural motion based upon practice and learning how to use the body to produce a certain technique.
The work continues, and there will be more to come.
I totally agree about swinging with the dominant side in control. After all, this is where our consistency and “feels” reside. It also explains the phenomenon of things we try with our non dominant side working for a short while and then not working. Thus the never ending search for something that does work .
That’s golf, isn’t it Rick? The barriers to building a functional and mechanically-sound swing are largely mental, because we are used to hitting balls that are already in motion. Put it on a tee and let it sit there, too many things in the mind take over.
I’m making the adjustments and the progress is slow but steady. I could have it the next time out, it could take another month. I’ll just enjoy the process! 🙂