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My Golfers are Wise Pigs

Three average golfers were sitting in the clubhouse after playing a round. They were all feeling frustrated with their games.

The first golfer remembers a tip he read in a golf magazine and decides he’s going to get a small bucket of balls and fix his swing.

The second golfer decides to take a one hour lesson with the local pro.

My Golfer decides to take a different approach.

The next day at the course the first golfer, excited to practice the magazine tip, heads to the range with a small bucket of balls. The second golfer meets with his pro for his scheduled lesson. My Golfer is no where in sight. About an hour later, the first two golfers are excited to test out their games after their practice and lesson. They call My Golfer and ask him to join them for their round. The first two golfers are upset to hear that their friend won’t be at the course today to play with them because he’s working on building a long lasting, repeatable swing. He goes on to tell them he may not be able to join them for their regular game for about three weeks.

The two golfers play their round. They are excited to see promise in the tips they received from the magazine and the pro. After the round, they sit in the clubhouse and talk the great shots they hit and how they really “found something”. They joke about My Golfer and how he is wasting his time.

The next week all three golfers are at the course. The first two golfers do their best to convince My Golfer to join them for a round. They talk about their tips and tell him to stop wasting his time working on his game and to go have fun. My Golfer is not swayed. He sets up on the range and starts in on his drills. The two golfers play their round, have some good shots, and though their scores weren’t much better, they still see promise in the tips they received.

The following week all three golfers are at the course again. The first two golfers are ready to play, My Golfer is on the range. Again they tell him to join. They are excited about their games and try to convince the My Golfer that he should just go out and have fun with them and that he is wasting his time with all his drills.

After the round, the first two golfers are sitting in the clubhouse noticeably upset that the tips that worked so well for them off and on for the past two weeks but didn’t seem to help at all today. They are back to square one. They even consider not even playing the following week. When the time comes to set the tee time for their regular game, My Golfer says he’s ready to join their game again. He has been working on grooving his swing on the range for three full weeks and he is confident he has built a lasting change and a solid foundation for his golf swing. Interested, the first two golfers agree that even though they are not excited about their games they might as well come out and play.

After the first tee shot, it is obvious that My Golfer had transformed his game along with his confidence. He continued to hit solid, straight drives and pure iron shots all day. The first two golfers were in awe. While they tried to fix their games with quick tips and band aid lessons so they could get back out to play as quickly as possible. The third golfer made a commitment to make a real, solid, lasting change.

My Golfers are wise pigs. If you’ve played this game long enough you’ve probably heard every tip. You’ve seen every article promising improved distance and accuracy with one move. The wise golfer knows that a golf swing built on quick fixes is not a lasting, consistent golf swing. If you want your golf swing to be as solid as a brick house it will take time and effort. A swing based on quick tips will be as fragile as a house made of straw.

My Golfers are wise pigs. They don’t try to quickly build a house straw just to see it crumble the next day. They build a house of bricks that will last a lifetime. It will take work to be My Golfer but you will be building a swing to last.

If you are reading this, you are one of My Golfers. Give yourself credit for taking the time to build a brick house of a swing.

Happy Building 🙂


8 replies
  1. David S
    David S says:

    Hi Sam. I just became a member, watched the videos and went out to practice the small half swings that you suggested to start with. While my contact was good with the ball, all my shots were going left. Little, small wedge shots pulled left virtually every time. Eventually I hit some full shots and was having the same problem. The shots left were straight left (not draws). So, it would seem that I am over the top or the face is closed. For a small shot like these half swings it seemed really strange. Suggestions? What do I adjust?

    David S.

    • Sam Goulden
      Sam Goulden says:

      Thanks David.
      If you are hitting a pull with no draw, you are correct: it is an over the top swing. This is pretty common with most golfers but then most golfers have a club face that is open to the path of their swing so the ball launches higher and curves to the right.
      To work on getting your swing more from the inside, I always suggest a visual or physical aid to help you with path. One thing you can do is place a shoebox, golf club box, or foam pool toy behind the ball and angled to the right of the target. Set the box up just outside your intended club path and it will force you to swing more in-to-out. Imagine your face looking at the target and your path looking to the right. This should produce a shot that starts near the target and draws left of it. If you can master this, you can either have your face aimed a little more to the right (to allow the ball to start a touch right and draw back to the target) or you can swing less to the right for a straight ball flight.
      I would suggest over-doing it for the first session to make sure you have control over your path.
      Hope this is helpful.

  2. David S
    David S says:

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks! Will try it out. Does this mean the arc of my shoulder turn is too upright (too much straight back and not enough in)? Should I try to make the shoulder turn more inside? I’m just turning around my shoulders so I was surprised I could even come over the top. Also, when I was practicing I was struggling with keeping my trail leg in the correct position and likely I was shifting my weight back. Could laterally shifting back onto my right leg (as opposed to bracing it) on the downswing cause me to come over the top when coming through? Just an FYI – I was a 7 handicap golfer but stop playing about ten years ago. Just started back up again a month ago and have been hitting balls at the range 3-4 times a week. I love the idea of a consistent swing that is reliable and your system seems to do just that. So, since I’m relearning my swing I figured it was a good time to retool my swing.

    Also: I have two other questions (and then I will get back to the range) on the longer, full swings, is the goal to keep the club face square throughout the entire swing? At some point after the club is parallel to the ground on the backswing (and face is still square) the club will get stuck. If so, how do we do this anatomically? i.e. what is the role of the right elbow and forearm rotation after parallel to the ground.

    Thanks so much,


    • Sam Goulden
      Sam Goulden says:

      Dustin Johnson post impactGood questions David
      To get to them in order:
      1. The path on the take-away should immediately be inside the target line and up. (this should naturally occur when your lead shoulder goes down and you start turning)
      2. A lateral shift away from the target will definitely increase the likelihood of a straight back take-away. A centered pivot or turn will more naturally facilitate the proper path inside and up.
      3. Face relative to arc is very dependent on grip, body type, and pre-programmed swing habits. Most golfers will do much better just keeping the face square to the arc for the first part of the take-away. If you employ a very strong grip and your body type allows, you will be able to keep the face square much longer (like Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson).
      4. The right elbow begins to bend at different points for different players. This is an area that is not an absolute but a good feeling is to sense that the right elbow stays in front of the body and the face stays as square as possible. As the right elbow bends, the left arm crosses the chest. This is ok and is natural. The amount the left arm travels across the chest is different for different body types. If your left arm travels all the way across your chest (pins to the chest) you will need to be very aware of your sequencing coming down and a pause at the top will help immensely. The farther across the chest, the more likely the club will be behind your body and you will have to exaggerate the body turn through impact (again this is totally normal and fine as long as you’re aware of it).
      5. A point not mentioned is the amount the left arm rises in the backswing. This again is determined by body type/old patterns and habits. A good thing to feel is that your right elbow is close to your body and again, stays in front of your chest. Not necessarily going to happen but it’s a good feeling. see the pic of Dustin Johnson post impact with driver: strong grip, massive body rotation through impact, stable and square club-face.

  3. Mike
    Mike says:


    Got the course two weeks ago. Went out today for 9, first 5 holes felt like I was rushing the downswing, then I remembered about the PA– USE. I usually hit my driver 200 yards, after the Pause, drives are as follows right down the middle of the fairway, 238,232, 228 200( I poped it up still went 200 yards).

    I can’t wait to get out and hit my drives, it has been the weakest part of my game.

    Thank you , I will try to make one of your on site lessons in the future.

  4. Joseph R
    Joseph R says:

    Sam I read you’re e-book and followed the videos but when I hit the driver it goes weak and to the left. Not the change I was looking for. Do you have any insights as to what the problem might be?

    • Sam Goulden
      Sam Goulden says:

      If it’s going left and not far I’m 95% sure it’s a loss of impact alignment (flipping) issue. are you able to maintain your alignments in a 3/4 swing? You might try working on your “go to” swing with the driver to get more solid impact and compression.

      Let me know how it goes. If you’re an “ultimate member” you have a free swing evaluation every month and I’d be happy to have a quick look.. I offered this last year and got a little too busy with evaluations but at the moment I have plenty of time. Here’s the link.


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