Golf is a game of constant maintenance and correction. Once something works, we want to find a way to keep it working. We also know that eventually we will ease out of our groove, and we have to find the way back in.
One very good way to do both of those things is with slow-motion golf swings. The golf swing happens so fast, and out of our sight, that it’s not really possible to know exactly what’s going on. By slowing down, we can feel clearly what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.
And that’s the whole point—to feel what is going on. We can’t see what we are doing, but we can feel it.
The feels we are looking for are the ones that bring the club back square and on plane, and return the clubhead to the ball with the desired impact geometry.
The best way to teach your unconscious mind* what those feels are is to practice swinging slowly. How slowly? Try taking 15 seconds to go from takeaway to finish. That slowly.
No only does the slow-motion swing let you to verify what you are doing right, if anything gets out of whack, you can sense it right away.
If you need to make a correction, the slow swing allows you to carefully monitor what is going on at all times, so you know your correction is right.
Maybe you’re working on a slight swing change. Practice it in slow motion first, to make sure you’re doing it the way you want to, and you’re not still doing what you’re trying to get away from.
The first time I heard about this trick was on a Golf Channel Playing Lessons With the Pros episode featuring Brad Faxon. He said he, and other touring pros, did this all the time at the range, for the very purposes I described above.
Now that it’s rainy weather and you don’t get to play much, and it gets dark early so going to the range after work isn’t really an option, try working on slow swings at home. Get a lesson and spend the winter getting everything in your swing lined up right.
*Most people use the term “subconscious mind”, but my psychologist friends say “unconscious mind” is correct.