This month's Golf Magazine has an article by Peter Kostis which is very much in line with what I've been trying to convey in the "Hogan Secret etc." series of posts. Granted I don't see eye to eye with Peter on some of his analysis, but in this case I am so in-line with this thinking that it's funny.
Here's a link to the Article.
Back in 1931, legendary instructor John Duncan Dunn said, "An instructor should see how much he can leave alone, not how much he can change, and he will get better results by helping the pupil along his own natural bent. While the swing has become standardized to a certain extent, it would prevent still further improvement if it became too stereotyped. All cures are about 95 percent nature and 5 percent golf instructor, but in most cases the 95 percent will not function without the 5 percent."
Dunn's words are still relevant for Tour players and amateurs alike. For as long as I can remember, the superstars of the game have created generations of copycats. One guy on Tour starts winning tournaments and the rest follow like sheep. "If I could just swing like Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Woods, I'm sure I could...." Even major winners like Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Curtis Strange have fallen victim to this trap.
The game of a Tour player has little in common with an amateur's game, but we're all susceptible to the siren song of the "secret" to the perfect swing. I've got some news for you: The only real secret to the golf swing is that there is no secret. Look at Tiger Woods. He has won majors with three different swings and two instructors, but he's changing his fundamentals, not chasing the latest swing fads. When you're home during the holidays and thinking about how to improve next year, remember Dunn's advice. Keep your swing 95 percent you and 5 percent instruction — not the other way around. You won't discover the perfect swing, but you might find one that you can depend on. And that's as close to a secret as you're going to get.
So the next time someone is trying to sell you a secret, a short cut or some other form of snake oil. Simply re-read this and some of the Hogan articles and think twice before you buy in to it.
Hit em Straight