Adam Scott says this is the ‘worst thing’ golfers can do with their golf swing

Don't take coaching your own golf swing into your own hands.

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Welcome to Play Smart, a game-improvement column that drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Director of Game Improvement content Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter, better golf.

When it comes to talking golf swing, Adam Scott is one of those whose comments I listen to pretty closely. After all, how could you not? For the better part of 20 years he’s had one of the most picturesque golf swings around — the kind most golfers dream of. Surely, with a move like that, he must study it intensely, right?

Actually, it’s precisely the opposite.

“The less I know the better,” Scott said during the second episode of the podcast “Fairgame,” a mini-series (you can listen here) that charted Scott’s lead-up to the 2021 Masters.

“For the longest time I never even saw my golf swing [on camera],” Scott says. “It’s the worst thing, to analyze your own swing on camera.”

It was a surprising and interest comment from Scott that hit especially close for me, someone endlessly addicting to “analyzing” my own golf swing on camera. But there’s some good logic underlying it all that’s worth diving into.

Beware analyzing your own swing

It’s an interesting comment that Scott makes, speaking on the range alongside his swing coach Brad Malone. And to be clear, Scott isn’t saying that getting your swing analyzed is bad — on the contrary, it’s good! — he’s just steadfast that you shouldn’t be the one analyzing your own golf swing. Leave that to a coach you can trust.

Why?

“It’s a perfectionist thing,” he tells Fairgame co-host Benjamin Clymer. “It’s a good thing … but it can also be a detrimental thing. When you start looking at the tiniest thing, so you try to change that and it ends up changing another thing.

“I haven’t looked at my golf swing in two weeks, and it’s actually gotten better during that time period,” he says.

It’s an important message that’s worth golfers reminding themselves. Trust a good coach and stay focused on the things that will help you play better golf, not play golf swing.

The entire podcast also comes in video form, which you can watch below.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.