The Laundry List is the name I give to the things a student should go through when struggling with their swing in practice and in competitions. I feel it is my job to teach my students how to fix themselves when I’m not around. They will be on their own much more often than they will be with me. I think it is important to give the student some if/then’s. A list of two or three items maximum that if the ball is doing X, then it is probably because of Y. I don’t want them just tinkering with their swing to try and solve the problem. This Laundry List is there to give them a roadmap and some comfort that they can solve an issue on their own.
As I work more and more with better players, there seems to me to be a reoccuring list of issues. They are usually things that we have worked on in the past and were personal traits to their swing growing up. These traits can be worked through but never eliminated. Every so often they will come back in and because the golfer is accustom to them, the traits don’t register as something they are doing different. This is one place where the power of the journal shows it’s true value.
If you can’t remember your Laundry List then it’s too long, you need a journal or both. Use that journal folks. It’s like sunscreen and flossing. You know you’re supposed to and you hear all the time.
You’ll wish you had listened.