In 2014 I decided to make a concerted effort to develop a more fundamentally sound golf swing . I began playing golf when I was 12 years old and did not have any sound teaching. My swing was homemade. By golfing standards I grew into a better than average player. I’ve carried 3-5 handicap most of my adult life. However, From a fundamental standpoint my golf swings was anything but fundamentally sound.
Fast forward 40 years. In 2014 I decided to make a concerted effort at improving my swing. I love the game and want to play it for a long time. But I was getting worse, a lot worse. So, Like the vast majority of golfers I pursued the help of a teaching professional. I figured one or two lessons and I’d be in my way. I was immediately introduced to the sound techniques and fundamentals of the golf swing. I’ve seen at least a half dozen teaching pros. However, this “technique” approach had no lasting affect on improving the serious flaws that were ingrained in my golf swing since I was a kid.
It wasn’t until June 2018 when a friend of mine, after watching some video of my swing, said “Jim your body may not be physically capable of making the changes you’re trying to make. “ Having been a pretty decent athlete my entire life I looked at him in disbelief and asked him “well what does that mean? “ My friend then handed me Jentry‘s business card and said go see this lady. she will be able to help you.
The approach that Jentry and Brian take to improving your golf swing is two parts. The first is the physical or as it’s often referred to - bio mechanical. The second part is to layer in the proper fundamentals aka “technique “. The first thing Jentry said is this. At South County Golf we first look at the golf swing as an athletic move and put you on a path that will develop your body to be able to make a fundamental swing. This resonated with me and made total sense. the initial assessment was a real eye opener for me. She told me we are going to build up your muscles and joints. I’d never heard terms like glute activation or core engagement. I didn’t know what they meant or how important they are in developing a golf swing that lasts. She said that if I put in the work big changes will happen. Ball striking will improve and you’ll play better golf for a long time. She did not say it would be easy.
It’s been almost a year and she was right on all accounts. The proof was a round recently with the friend who handed me Jentry’s card. We hadn’t played together in while. He said, wow, your swing is so much better now.
If you compared my swing from one year ago you’d say the same thing. My glutes are activating and my core is engaged. My golf swing is becoming more efficient every week. I’m beginning to hit it further and the ball striking consistency is a complete 180 from before.
So, if the lessons you’ve taken just aren’t working like you’d want, then remember what my friend told me. Your body may not be able to do what you are trying to do.
South County Golf Academy takes a different approach and it works. After all, no matter what level of player you are, the golf swing is an athletic move.