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On Lydia Ko’s Chopping and Changing

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

"I'm from the old school, you figure it out for yourself, you go with what you've got. You've got to do it your way and not somebody else's way." That’s from Robert van Royen quoting Sir Bob Charles in an article, “Sir Bob Charles puzzled by Lydia Ko's endless chopping and changing of caddies.”

Sir Bob and Bubba
Sir Bob says, "I've also never had a coach in my life, so as you can see I've come from a totally different era," however there’s a golfer who’s just won at Riviera and that makes two of a kind who have never had a coach
Bubba is on record as saying, “Everybody can see that my swing is homegrown. That means everybody has a chance to do it,” and even Tiger who has been there and done that like Lydia with coaches is now in search for his own true swing.

How to Own Your Golf Swing
Over at Consistent Golf I’m told, “When Tiger Woods was playing golf he often was asked about his swing and what he was doing.
He said he was trying to own his golf swing. And he said that only two golfers have ever owned their swing. Ben Hogan and Moe Norman.
I don’t agree with only two golfers ever owning their golf swing. What about Nick Price? What about Jack Nicklaus? What about Lee Trevino?”

And then there’s some food for thought for Lydia and the rest of us.
“You own the way you eat.
Do you own your golf swing like you do walking or eating?
You probably don’t, so what can you do about it?
Well, trying to swing through positions is never going to get you anywhere close to own your golf swing. Do you try to move your body through positions when you walk? Of course you don’t that would be crazy.”

Your authentic swing.
The people at gnlgolf say it rather well.
"Let’s face it. The brink of disaster is a familiar place for most golfers. When things really start to fall apart, the standard operating procedure usually goes like this:
First you go to the driving range and beat some balls, hoping to find your swing. If you can’t find “it,” you start to experiment with the latest tip from the Golf Channel… Then it’s “try this, try that” and hope something sticks.
Unfortunately, experimentation like that just leads to a merry-go-round of frustration, where every new corrective adjustment leads to more problems. The harder you try, the worse it gets.

In The Legend of Bagger Vance, the folly of this standard procedure is summarized quite well by Bagger; “Every player possesses only one swing he is born with. One true, authentic swing that is his alone. Some days we can’t find “it” at all. Our frustration mounts. We begin to study, to seek instruction, to strive by dint of effort to mold and control our swinging motion. This, as every golfer knows, leads only to despair…The path to study and dissection leads only to paralysis. It is folly to try to mold yourself to anything else.”

Modern translation: Instead of experimenting, borrowing other people’s ideas, or trying to emulate some tour pro’s swing, surrender to your authentic swing. The one that works naturally for you, at least occasionally."

Link to Robert van Royen and Consistent Golf and gnlgolf

Quote of the Day
“My dad taught me to be a leader or a follower, and he said follower ain't fun. So I want to be the leader of Bubba Watson.” – Bubba Watson


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