Golf Practice "I"

Impact to follow through

Concept: Is golf taught from the wrong starting point? We play golf in front of us yet almost all instruction starts with the backswing.

Action: Place the club in the address position and push the club through into the finish position. Repeat 10 times then make a small backswing and then swing through into the same finish position.

Note: Also think of the whole golf swing as having five parts.

The backswing has two parts (2/5), whilst the follow through and the finish is three parts (3/5).

Impact – The Moment Of Truth

Concept: A good way of thinking is to “sweep” for woods and “pinch” for irons.

Action: Place your club against an impact bag and begin pushing forward. You will notice the results depend on how good your body angle and set-up angles are. If your body angles are wrong, it will be difficult to move or slide the bag as it will feel too heavy.

Note: Form the correct angles and you will find it easy to slide the bag forward. Check your impact position. Your left arm should be straight. Create some bend in the shaft if you have the correct flex.

Inner Game

Concept: Paralysis by analysis.

Action: Say 1, 2, 3.

Step1: Swing to the top of your backswing and say 1.

Step 2: Swing into your finish position and say 2.

Step 3: Hold your finish until the ball lands and say 3.

By giving your brain these simple numbers, it is enough to allow you to get out of your own way and play from a more autonomous level, with less mind chatter.

There are three stages in learning golf: the cognitive stage, the associative stage, and the autonomous stage. If you get stuck playing from the cognitive stage with an overload of information you will never reach your potential.

In To Out Path

Concept: Chain reaction: The instinctive reaction when shots go to the left is to aim the club face to the right of the target at address.

The more to the right the club face is aimed, the farther back in the stance the ball is positioned.

The farther back the ball the more right of target the shoulders must be aligned in order to be able to set the club behind the ball at address.

Ball position, along with the closed shoulders, has the effect of strengthening the grip relative to the target line.

The closed shoulders and strong grip promote swinging on the inside, causing the shoulders to tilt instead of rotate. The club face then has a tendency to roll inward into a closed position.

When reciprocating the backswing move, the shoulders rock .This blocks the arms from being able to swing freely past the body. These actions cause both your wrists to function independently, which rolls the club face through impact causing a “hook”, or holding it open and “pushing” the shot.

Action: First, take the time and trouble to correct your grip, club face aim, ball position, posture, and body alignment. Then concentrate, during the downswing, on turning your hips “out of the way” to allow your arms to swing freely past your body, thus enabling you to hit the ball to the target instead of swinging the club to the ball.

Isometric Strength

Concept: Building strength in your forearms will add power to drives, more control to your swing, and help you escape the rough.

Action: Turn your club upside down and move the club inside a tire rim back and forth as fast as you can without moving the wrist.

Repeat 10 times and relax. You will feel the muscle burning if you have done it correctly. This is a great isometric exercise.