Swinging a golf club is a lot like tossing a ball.
Can you toss a ball? Can you throw one underhand? If so, here’s a little drill for you.
The golfer can make 3 different motions in the downswing depending on what they are trying to do with the clubhead.
Your trail arm, hand, and clubhead can go to the right of the target line, at the target line, or left of the target line…for the right-handed player.
In addition to these exits, you will need to match up release types. Those are rolling and non-rolling. The two types of rolling releases are a full role and reverse role…technically there is also a half roll but I can those non-rolling. More on those later.
Now…IF you want to hands, and clubhead to exit to the right then you will need to use a rolling release. If you want it to exit left you again use a rolling release, but a different type of rolling.
And if you exit along the line, you would then use a non-rolling release.
Can you toss a ball?
Watch the video below for more explanation.
Well, it’s another New Year and you’re probably saying some of the same things you said last year!
For those of us that play golf that usually means, “This New Year I’m REALLY going to work on my game and get better.”
“The big questions are HOW are you going to do that?
Have you set up a realistic goal?
Do you have a plan?
Do you have someone you can work with to help you reach your goal?
How much time are you willing to put in to achieve your goal??
For this New Year, you may want to consider trying to DO LESS in your golf swing! Yep, quit trying to do things you’ll NEVER be able to do and simplify your golf game!
Golf is both hard and easy.
The easy part is hitting a golf ball. The hard part is hitting it effectively!
For elite players golf is easy. They’ve spent years and years honing their skills and getting to the top of their game. For the mere mortals, golf is HARD! Unfortunately, too many players give up because they don’t enjoy the game anymore.
They’ve watched every video they can find, they’ve tried putting themselves into contorted positions and they just don’t get any better!
I’m not saying that ALL mortals don’t get better, a lot DO! But your average high handicapper actually doesn’t even care if they get better, they just want to play golf with their buddies…and that’s OK too!
We’ve all done this one time or another. We’ve looked at videos, tried things that we’ll never be able to do, and then just flat give up!
How about you try something easier…like focusing on the thing that hits the ball…
…THE GOLF CLUB!
IF you swing the club your body will generally follow it, unless your body STOPS it!
I define the golf swing as a hands and arms movement transported by the body. That does NOT mean it’s a body swing!
The hands and arms will move almost perfectly UNLESS the body does something to disrupt what they are doing.
For instance…if I start the backswing by taking the club “straight back” my body has a tendency to sway away from the ball. But if the hands move on an arc – back, up and in…simultaenously…the body will have a tendency to move on an arc too.
If the hands stop moving, generally the body does too.
Look at a player that strikes the ball then stops/quits. What is their body doing? It usually stopping too!
Learn to educate your hands, learn to swing your arms…just like the legends of the game did. It worked pretty well for them!
IF you are young, strong, and flexible, then, by all means, do the “modern” swing…moving the club by primarily using a body motion and with the club following.
One more thing…
…take a look at this image to the left. Does that reflect what you’re doing? There is an old saying in the south…
…”If ya keep on doin whatcha been doin, y’all git whatcha been gittin!”
Image via Wikipedia
Tiger Woods undoubtedly has the strongest mental toughness in golf.
This was instilled in him at an early age by his father Earl. Earl would stand behind him and drop clubs, cough, make noises just as Tiger was starting his downswing all to prepare him for distractions that would arise from playing tournament golf.
You can see it today in Tiger’s game. Who else can stop their swing in the start down like Tiger, give that offender that icy stare and then get up and hammer the golf ball!
Check out this video of Earl talking about how he trained Tiger to FOCUS! Tiger Woods Mental Toughness