I always believe that a true golf swing is often much simpler to learn than most golfers perform it. Most people often complicate and confuse a golf swing by being stuck with what we call “do-that-do-this” information. In other words, they are trying to produce a movement like “pulling an elbow to the right side”. There are, in fact, a lot of secret moves that golfers keep attempting in the hope they would finally find their true swing. However, the reality is that everyone understands how to swing, but they just have not used it to a golf swing!
What often occurs when we try to achieve the “do-that-do-this” model is that we attempt to copy the appearance of an acceptable swing, but we often get further away from the actual swing.
It does not need to be this way. The most important issue that golf players often face is their misconceptions. While those are things that seem to be correct when you watch a professional swing, they are not actually the experience of a true swing. What I am trying to describe is that learning the role of a swing comes before the image or form of swinging. Most teachers and golfers assume that if the appearance looks right, then their swings will function correctly.
If you are finding yourself not progressing or inconsistent, I am willing to be sure that you are continually trying to force your separate groups of muscle or copy form to do the wrong stance. In general, the only thing that you need to achieve success is:
- The willingness to perform rather than thinking that you are doing.
- Drop the pre-conceived ideas of what you believe a swing must be.
- Be able to see the difference between what does and does not work.
What Makes a Golf Swing Work?
To effectively make a swing, you need to have 2 important things: movement and tension. If you do not have tension in a playground swing, you cannot swing. If you do not produce a movement that keeps tension, your swing will get distorted.
Now, that is where you should make a necessary connection. The lead arm should function as a playground swing and the golf club also needs to work as a playground swing. Then, you need to provide a force that produces tension (should be a pulling sensation instead of a muscular contraction along the lead arm), and a force which produces tension along the club’s length. Anything different is not a swing!
The Sum of 2 Swings
Swing 1: An arm swing around your chest or torso
Swing 2: A club swing around your wrist joint.
When you combine those 2 swings together, you will produce a lot of speed on the club head. In addition, the timing and rhythm of the swing are simple to sense and get easy to forecast, to the degree that you could hit a golf ball with an amazing precision on the condition that you are willing to have enough practice sessions.
Once you have a clear visualization, there comes one of the biggest difficulties that you will need to apply the natural learning system to surmount. Your design of muscule skeleton makes it very simple to meddle with the tension forces that are needed to swing. Every of your muscle group is linked beyond your joint by a strong tissue to let you move particular body parts separately of other parts.
Here are 3 of my favorite drills to help golfers differentiate between a swing and not a swing:
- Drill 1 – Cone Toss – Med Ball – Kettle Bell Exercise
This drill is easy. You only need something quite heavy, but not excessively heavy from 2 and 4 lb. For example, a medicine ball and a hand weight.
This drill basically symbolizes the arm swing – the first one that you should feel in the body. Set up in a usual posture and let the weight pull down your arms straight. Swing back the weighted thing and toss it forward. When you feel that the hands are squeezing tightly and the shoulder is tightening up, maybe you are meddling with the swing.
If you notice that your core muscle groups are working, then you have achieved it. Once you could feel the tension force, you just allow the cone to go. This will tend to move out with much more and lower velocity. Practice this drill until you get used to it and sync with your movement.
- Drill 2 – Use The PRO
In this drill, you need to make your usual swing with the PRO. When the rope bends on the grip joint, then you are probably distorting the swing. If you could keep it dead straight during the whole follow through and forward swing, then you possibly are swinging.
- Drill 3 – Feel The Swing in Your Club
Take your golf club and hold it flat to the ground. After that, turn back and lean the golf club so that it lies 90 degrees with the left arm or less. Relax the wrist muscles and the grip pressure as much as possible. Rotate back your chest to the target without raising grip pressure. If you can do that, you would feel the head of the golf club speed up and, in fact, rotate the wrists for you!
It is a good sign if you face with a tendency to attempt to increase the grip pressure. You should be aware of what it feels like not to swing and when you have a tendency to perform it. In fact, this is very important because it is probably the only way that you could be better is to start to catch yourself making some mistakes.