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This latest video of Elk discussing his game at the SITD clinic at Pasatiempo prompted me to write my first blog entry on SITD.
I will do this from time to time from now on, rather than start a thread on the forums. I thought what Elk said in this short clip is so important that I wanted to share my perspective of what he said and just how important it is.
At the start of the video Elk mentioned that he knows how long his swing takes to make. He started his clinic talk with that seemingly simple piece of advice....and it is simple. It's also very important. It's one of the things that I learned from him, that once you really take it on board and think about it, can be a game changer for many millions of Golfers out there.
Like all teachers, I have my thoughts on how the club should generally be swung. That said, I consider myself a Golf teacher, not a swing teacher. This piece of advice that Elk dished out may be quickly forgotten by most that watch the video. I implore viewers not only to not forget it, but to make it the glue that can and surely will hold your game together.
My wife knows I'm a horrible singer. For some reason when I'm in the car, singing along to a tune on the radio, I might even be a mere quarter of the way to half crap....instead of simply crap. I think the reason for this is that I know the song, I know the tune and it's helping me stay in time and pitch because I can just sing along. If I sing the same song myself, with no music, dogs can be heard howling all over the neighborhood.
How this relates to YOUR Golf game you ask?
I don't care how bad your mechanics are or how bad you are at aiming, if you know how long your good swings take you at least have something you can go out and play relatively well with.
Having watched Elk go through some significant swing changes at times, the reason he was able to take it to the course and play effectively with the new mechanics and feels is because of the reason he gave in this video. He knows how long his smooth swings take...his hard swings.......even a flop shot, he knows how long it takes before he has to put the brakes on his left hand.
So I would urge all of you, regardless of what you work on mechanically, visually or kinetically....you can't avoid the fact that the swing takes a certain amount of time to execute. Sometimes just being aware of that one thing can make a huge difference to both your game today....and your ability to consistently improve your game.
So don't let episode #582 just blow on through your consciousness. Give it some thought and I know you will get some GREAT benefits from it.