Be Yourself when You Swing the Golf Club

Just over a week ago, Bryson DeChambeau punished Winged Foot while all others couldn’t break par. Crushing long drives and playing with clubs that are all the same length, he silenced the naysayers and took home his first U.S. Open Championship.

They told him he was doing it wrong. All of the “experts” scoffed at his attempt to be different, claiming it would never work. He didn’t listen to the criticism. You shouldn’t either.

A golf swing is a personal possession. There are “suggested” ways to do it properly, but ultimately the way you connect with that little white ball is entirely up to you. If what you’re doing works, the opinions of others mean nothing.

Everyone is Different, so “Normal” is not a Relevant Term

I’m 6’5” tall and used to weigh three hundred pounds. Many want-to-be pro golfers have tried to tell me how to play the game over the years. None of them have been my height, weight, or age. How exactly would they know how my swing should work?

Everyone has different levels of athleticism and physical challenges. I have an abdominal separation that limits my ability to rotate. To compensate, I point my back foot in when I drive. It looks pretty funny when you see it, but it works for me.

If your golf peers tell you to change what you do, tell them about Bryson DeChambeau. You could also reference Jim Furyk, Lee Trevino, or John Daly. They were told they couldn’t do it their way, yet we count them among the greats in our sport.

There is no such thing as normal when it comes to a golf swing. If everyone is different, how can anyone be normal? Just be yourself. You may not win a PGA Major, but you’ll be the best version of yourself that you can be.

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