One of the things I hear often is that golfers come in for lessons and say, "Well, you know, I don't want a lot of mechanical things. I'm a feel player." A lot of golfers don't exactly know what that means and a lot of times even the people telling me that they are a feel player don't exactly know what that means.
What is a feel player and is Rotary Swing Tour and the way that we work through the swing systematically ideal for a feel player? First of all, the answer to that question is of course yes. The Rotary Swing Tour is for everybody, but if you're a feel player, you may be afraid of working on mechanical things in your golf swing because you struggle thinking mechanical thoughts. I've got news for you. All golfers struggle with thinking mechanical thoughts. That's not specific to a feel player or not.
Typically, a feel player just simply doesn't understand their mechanics and so when they simply start working on them, they don't really know what they're doing and they start mucking up their feel, or they start thinking too mechanically, and they can't get back to the subconscious part of the brain that knows how to repeat the movement patterns that they have. All of a sudden their golf swing is messed up.
Everybody goes through that whether you call yourself a feel player or not. A feel player simply just doesn't really understand a lot of times the mechanics that are happening in their golf swing. Every golfer has swing mechanics. No matter how bad or how good your golf swing is, there's a mechanical, physics-based, and anatomical-based principles that are applied to everybody's golf swing. The more you understand those, the easier it is to correct things and change things in your swing.
If you just want to keep them in a black box and say, "Well, I'm a feel player, I don't work on mechanics," that's just going to limit you. It doesn't mean that you can't play great. Bubba Watson is a great example of a feel player who doesn't necessarily understand or care about understanding his mechanics, but he's hit enough balls, and grooved enough good movements in there, and has good enough mechanics that he can play without having to go through a lot of mechanical work on his swing. Whereas somebody like Justin Rose might be a little bit more mechanical-oriented because he wants to understand, and self-diagnose, and continue to try and improve his golf swing so that he has better misses and better good shots.
The truth is everybody needs to be a feel player. You have to work on your golf swing mechanics and build good enough mechanics that you don't have to think about them all the time. That's just the learning process. That's exactly what Rotary Swing Tour walks you through is learning how and understanding how to build a sound golf swing so that then you can rely on your subconscious in your feel, and sense, and other senses, and sensitivity, and touch so that you don't have to think about those mechanical things.
If you're just calling yourself a feel player, you're kind of handicapping yourself if you don't understand your mechanics. Everybody has swing mechanics and everybody needs to become a feel player once they understand those mechanics.
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
-Hub Orr - Happy PREMIUM MEMBER of RotarySwing.com
-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK