Is Feel Overated?
By Kickntrue on 4/16/09
I read an interesting article this morning discussing how amateur golfers want to "feel" their way around the course, rather than feel mechanical. Todd Casabella of Dragon Ranch Golf Club in Ohio makes an interesting point.
"How do you know what you are supposed to feel? You are currently swinging the club in a way that feels good, but what is the ball doing? Obviously, if you are there taking a lesson the ball is not going where you want it to, but hey, your swing feels good.

This idea of "feel" combined with a lack of practice is the No. 1 reason golfers donGÇÖt improve. The necessary changes require you to move in such a way that is uncomfortable.

But why do people think that they can pick up a golf club and make a golf swing by doing what feels good or even natural? The mechanics of the golf swing create a feel; feel does not create mechanics."
This hits home with me a bit because I love to play off "feel." I've had pros try to fix my grip, fix my backswing and fix my putting stroke. Inevitably, I always return to what "feels" right and I end up playing to about the same score everytime out.

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bducharm says:
Some players are "feel" players and some are more technical. Take Phil Mickleson versus Nick Faldo. Phil definitely is a feel player - Faldo was a robot! I too, am more of a feel player. I have tried to integrate more technical aspects into my game without losing that feel.
mmontisano says:
no one is going to be a decent player without what...the basic mechanics. once you learn that and have it grooved to where it "feels" right, then you'll shoot good scores and have more fun.
Changed out says:
The only thing I can say is if what "feels" right is yielding terrible results. Then you really need to work on your short game, because that is where feel matters the most. If feeling good puts you all over the course take some lessons take what the pro tells you and apply that technique until what used to feel ackward and wrong is now what feels right. In my opinion that's the only way to get better. If you don't believe that then atleast take a video of your feel good swing and see how it really looks. See where the club is really going and how the ball is flying. Then see if you really do want to stick with what feels good.
Jake Bogardus says:
If feel was overrated than, provided the funds and motivation, anyone could mechanically groove a swing and be great. But guess what, you can't do that. So no feel is not overrated
whomsley says:
Feel is not overrated. Look at Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk's swings. They created a swing that is unorthodox but it feels good to them. They swing the club the same way every time which comes from the hours and days of practice they put in.
Changed out says:
Feel isn't overrated it's very important. So is athletic ability, and the time and money to practice. There is no end all be all it's up to the individual and their ability to make a repeatable swing through practice. Golf isn't easy. The average person can't do what the Pros do, the average person needs help. Even with that said if you look at either Perry or Furyk's crazy swing you'll see that at the top of the swing both of thier swings both of the clubs are pointed parallel or close to parallel to their address position. When they are at impact the club is at about the same spot it is at address. I personally feel that good hands is what seperates some one who is good from some one who is a hacker not the swing, but lessons do deffinetly help. After a year of taking lessons and practicing what I was told to I went from having trouble breaking 100 to shooting in the 70's all the time.
tsgtrok says:
I'd venture to say most of us on here aren't pros and don't have the time or money to groove our swings so that the proper mechanics "feel" right. But ultimately it's a combination of both that make your game. You need to know the mechanics of the swing, and understand the limitations of your body. A 5' 7", 250 pound guy that loves the game isn't going to get the same shoulder turn as a 6', 200lb guy. So the portly guy's gotta learn to "feel" the club getting into the right position, even if his mechanics may not be textbook. But he's gotta know where the club needs to be, and how to get it there to be successful. I've never taken a lesson, but I've watched every video, read every article I can find and spent most of my life learning the mechanics, so that I can "feel" the club going where it needs to go when I swing, and I routinely shoot in the mid-80's when I'm in mid-season form. And that's usually good enough to make me enjoy the game, and want to keep getting better, and isn't that what it's all about?
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