Take a look at these back-swing positions of some of the best golfers in the world. They are all different. The golf ball does not care about what the swing looks like, it only responds to the message the club-face delivers to it. Understanding what is a matter of style and what is a matter of function is key to understanding what works for the individual. There are no model swings but a good golf swing follows a few key principles.

“The man who grasps principles can successfully handle his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good golfers are created over time, not overnight! The development process can be made faster through regular, purposeful training that measures progress and thus develops self belief.

Over time golfers develop skills and find techniques to help them adapt to the different situations they find themselves in on the golf course. Skill and technique are totally different but inextricably linked. Skill allows the player to get the best outcome out of what they’ve got whilst performing a given task. Technique is the process being employed for that task. Both skill and technique can be measured. Good technique doesn’t necessarily make you a good golfer. Being skillful in managing and adapting co-ordination is of equal importance in managing shot outcomes. Understanding the concept of how to direct the momentum of the club-head onto the ball from disadvantaged positions during their swing helps players to skillfully manage there failures. This allows a player to perform at a decent standard even when not at their best.

Players wanting to improve must work towards developing their own functional technique(s) that enables them to efficiently maximise, contact, speed and control of the ball and minimise failure. During this time they must also regularly train in an environment that encourages them to develop technique and  skill. All players should understand their tendencies so that they can manage failure and be more consistent. The more their skills are tested under intense pressure the greater chance they have of working next time.