Old School Vs New School Training
By Kickntrue on 11/19/10
Should you grip it and rip it, doing what "feels" right, or is hooking your game up to machines and "teching it out" the way to go? That is the question posed by Golf magazine in their latest issue. They had an avid 15 handicap go to Europe to be trained by a top golf instructor there who taught "feel" and then back to the USA to be hooked up to machines at the TaylorMade Performance Lab.

The winner? Well- as you may expect- in a 2 day training, "feel" was the runaway winner, though the golfer did concede that technical aspects would probably need to be fixed to really excel. While I'm more of a "feel" guy myself (I think if you played a round every day you'd end up pretty good without ever seeing an instructor or swing machine.) I do think the "test" was obviously a bit skewed. Anyone asking you to make the swing you already swing and encouraging you along the way with minor changes is going to be better over 2 days than having your entire golf swing reworked from the ground up based on analytics.

It's worth a read though. What else are you doing?

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Kurt the Knife says:
Total technical overhaul for me.
videos n everything.
TravisMiller says:
I have been watching instructional videos on youtube and I have found one instructor Shawn Clement from Canada and He is strictly a feel type teacher. I am going to go to the range soon and see if I can get the feel of what he is teaching.
Kurt the Knife says:
offerings to the gods.
LongTimeAway says:
I have a biomechanical background, so technique wins out over feel. :-)

I am enjoying learning about various full swing theories on my own. I am not "teching it out." I naturally have the big muscle swing style. I like Jimmy Ballard's book How to Perfect Your Golf Swing. David Leadbetter is of the same ilk, but I like Ballard's details better.
SweetJazz says:
"Technique" all the way. "Feel" comes when I make solid contact.
jbird2011 says:
I have always been a feel player. If I start playing poorly I go to the range, try a couple things, and seem to be able fix it. If I over think it, my play will suffer.
Neo says:
Technique at the range, then all feel on the course.
mmontisano says:
i'm with Neo. practice technique at the range, that's why you're there. then i just try to have fun on the course. the only thing going on through my head on the course is "just swing the club."
mjaber says:
I think it depends on how much you are looking to improve, and how quickly. If you're just looking to be competitive with your friends who all shoot around 100, feel is fine. Finding a consistent shot shape/trajectory on the range, and getting comfortable with the swing you have. A lesson, now and then, to fix a major problem.

If you want to be as good as you can be, you should be looking long-term, working with a pro, finding and using all the tech you can, and working toward a "prefect" swing.
legitimatebeef says:
There is far too much hand-wringing and agonizing over the golf swing. The introduction of digital video and imaging is only making it worse. I believe that a good swing is just one of the tools you need to play good golf. It's not the main objective. If you make it the objective, you're almost always gonna be disappointed and feel like a failure. It makes it nearly impossible to play good golf with this outlook.

Believe it or not, you can play good golf with a homely, homemade swing. The absolute most important thing is making solid contact and squaring the face. And ultimately it is up to you to understand how to achieve this for yourself.
SD Charlie says:
The above two got this back on track, but I feel as though a lot of people missed the jist of the article. I believe the "tech" in Tech vs. Feel is technology, not technique. Technique is inherent to one's swing. I think this article was focusing on how to get there, hence "old school vs. new school." That said, I'm somewhere in between and maybe lean toward the technology side. I gained a lot from just one video clip of my swing. I saw how far below plane I was starting, and it helped me understand some steps I needed to take to get back on track.
Banker85 says:
has to be feel for me, never had any instruction. I read, but i am always working with what feels right that day. If i start thinking about my swing mechanics i am screwed, but i wouldn't mind getting hooked up and seeing an analysis of my swing and learning from that. Golf is a game of feel if you don't have any and are just a robot than i don't think you will hit those "WOW" shots that end up inches away and you felt that shot and how it needed to be hit.
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