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Manchester Evening News: David Horsey on swing changes and ISM
Article posted: 21 February 2019

When things aren’t going your way it can be easy to slip back into what you’ve always done but recently I’ve been much more disciplined and committed because I believe it will pay off. 

- David Horsey

It was nice to get off to a good start to my year in Abu Dhabi last month with 11thplace at a huge tournament and I’m hoping to find a bit more consistency this year, starting over the next two weeks in Oman and Qatar.

I’m 33 now and have had more than 10 years on tour and am coming into a golfer’s peak years now and I want to make the most of that, win more tournaments and get towards the top 50 or top 30 in the world. 

I’ve been making some changes in my game over the last year and a half or so and I believe I’m on a good path.

An amateur might go for a lesson and be given an idea or a change and it looks very different but what we do can be minute and not even visible but functionally it feels very different and strange.

You’re working against the pattern of something that’s been ingrained in you over many years, so many repetitions and so many shots. 

One small thing I’ve been working hard on is just loading the weight on my feet better so I need to feel that pressure in my right heel rather than my toes when I pull the club back. It’s not something anyone can see but it’s so important because the swing starts from the ground up and you have to get to the route of the issue.

Even for an amateur, your body has to accommodate any changes you want to make with your swing and the club and the shaft do what the body tell them to do. 

The changes I’ve made have been with my coach, Mike Walker, and also my strength and conditioning coach Kev Duffy who has a lot of knowledge about the golf swing. We can bounce things off each other and sometimes what he tells you is a bit wacky but he always gives you an idea you can take away and work on.

When things aren’t going your way it can be easy to slip back into what you’ve always done but recently I’ve been much more disciplined and committed because I believe it will pay off. 

When I’m at home I do a lot of my work at Styal Golf Club, where I’ve been for the last 20 years. People like Simon Forrest and Glynn Traynor and the owner Richard Higham helped me for a long time and I owe them a lot. It’s also great to be able to help the young lads there as much as I can. 

This week I’ve re-joined my old management company ISM, who I’d spent my whole career with before, for one reason or another, I left at the end of 2017. 

I’ve had just over a year away but I realised it’s where I started and what great relationships I’ve got with everyone there. I’m looking forward to spending my peak years with their support and help managing and guiding me through it.  

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