Embrace what you have

PGA Tour player: This is my best piece of advice if I was 'starting over'


Richard Heathcote

Scottie Scheffler won again last weekend. This time, it was the Players Championship. His second win in a month, his sixth time since last February, and his latest return to World No. 1.

Scottie's rise has prompted a bit of a re-think about the golf swing. Or, perhaps less of a rethink, and more of a reminder.

The defining trait of Scottie Scheffler's golf swing is his footwork. During his downswing, his trail (right) foot slides towards his left. Greg Norman did something similar, and Scottie himself says it's become a way that helps him feel athletic through the shot. His feet slide in the same direction as the club when it swings through, which helps transfer his weight and prevent a left miss.

It's a move that may have been coached out of a player in a bygone era. But Scottie and his longtime coach, Golf Digest Top 50 coach Randy Smith, built around it. And therein lies the lesson, said fellow PGA Tour player Michael S. Kim on Twitter.

Find *your* best swing, don't copy others

Kim's point is a good one: That rather than caring how something should look, the ultimate goal is to meld a swing to your unique body. Everybody is slightly different, which means they'll be more prone to swing the golf club in slightly different ways.

That doesn't mean not changing anything ever in your golf swing, but rather, working with a coach to change the important things, without coaching out your good natural tendencies.

After all, it's your natural tendencies that you'll default to under pressure. The key to Scheffler's game isn't removing them, but rather, learning how to use them.