Swinging your arms! Ironic, isn’t it? But I think that’s where most of us get distracted while we’re trying to hit that stupid little golf ball!
You don’t agree?
Try sitting on a bar stool and swing at the golf ball. It just doesn’t work.
That’s why after you’re about half way through the back swing, I’m going to tell you to quit thinking about your arms
Think of the golf swing as turning your body, not swinging your arms!
The rotary motion of your legs, hips and torso that unleashes the arms at the combined speed of all those motions. In my mind, building club head speed is like walking on one of those flat airport escalators. When you combine the 2 speeds, you get to your departure gate with lots of speed.
Similarly, when you add the speed generated by unleashing your legs, hips, torso, arms, and wrists you get that tremendous club head speed that sends that little ball down the fairway.
Don’t Let These Myths Hold You Back!
Myth: The Head Doesn’t Move
Right or wrong, I’ve found all of these “myths” to be roadblocks to developing a effective golf swing.
Your head stays over the ball as at address and stays relatively still through the whole swing.
Your upper body moves to the back on the back swing and to the front on the golf down swing and follow through. If your head is still attached to your shoulders, it will surely follow. Don’t fight it. On the other hand, while moving to the back and front, your head should stay fairly level and not bob up or down.
Myth: The Axis through your Head and Spine
You should imagine a line going through your head and spine. Your shoulder turn through the golf back swing and down swing should pivot on that line.
If your upper body pivots on that one stationary axis, where is your weight shift? If you look at it logically, the back foot is the anchor for the golf back swing, so the body has to pivot on an axis drawn down from the head through the back leg. Likewise, on the golf down swing, the body has to pivot on an axis drawn down from the head through the front leg.
Myth: Straight Left Arm
Your left (front) arm should remain straight throughout the golf back swing.
I’ve seen pictures of many pro golfers and all their elbows bent to some degree. Not a lot, but some. Actually, trying to keep your arm perfectly straight might cause you to tense up. Just be sure the front arm is straight at the point of impact with the golf ball.
I think I you spend less time worrying about you arms and where they are going, the less likely you’ll be to bend that elbow.
Myth: Club Parallel to Ground at top of Back Swing
Myth: Setup Position equals Impact Position
Your setup stance should be almost a mirror image of you position just as you are striking the golf ball.
I wouldn’t spend much time thinking about this one. Have you ever seen anyone set up to the golf ball with his eyes bugged out, mouth open, and making strange grunting noises?
Relax! A good Golf Swing Setup is just not that tough! The good news is that you probably have a good athletic setup and all you need is to brush it up and be more relaxed.
You can can choose from three different Golf Grips. It’s your choice and you should choose the golf grip that feels right for you.
An athletic Golf Stance and setup is the launching pad for your swing. If you start with a bad stance, you’ll probably follow with a bad back swing, a bad downswing, and a bad follow through. Not to worry though. It’s just not that difficult!
Solid basic Golf Swing Steps or golf swing mechanics lead to an easy golf back swing, down swing, and follow through.
The Golf Back Swing - Don't think about your arms. Instead of thinking about my arms and swinging my club , I try to think of my back swing as turning my back to the target. I’m just putting the club behind my back.
My best advice for your Golf Down Swing, with one exception, is to just let it happen! The down swing and follow through should be the very natural result of everything that precedes it.
Golf Swing Summary - I DO still remember the faulty golf swing mechanics and neurotic golf swing thoughts that less than memorable worm burner shot or that weak 70 yard shot off to the right. Here’s my list of golf swing killers.
What little I know about the golf swing is already on these pages, but I’ll be glad to provide whatever Swing Tip Support I can. I'm no expert, and everything I've done here is probably incorrect according every golf aficionado on the planet. But then again, if it works, do you really care?
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