Is Your Practice Golf Swing
Better Than Your Real Golf Swing?
An excerpt from the book 'Golf Swing
Eureka' by Jon Barrett
'Why is my practice swing
often better than my real swing?'
When I understood the answer to this question it made a big
difference to my golf swing. How many
golfers do you see on the tee making a nice free practice swing and
then duff or slice the ball with their real swing? It happens doesn't
it, it happens a lot. Well, I came to realise that when I understood
the journey that the golf club needs to take around your body then I
also realised where so many amateur golfers were going wrong with the
difference between their practice swing and their real swing.
You see when you understand that the golf swing is about
technique not aggression then your body starts to work differently.
When you make your practice swing you remain relaxed and free
moving. When you make your real swing
you immediately start to tense the big muscles in your body
particularly your back and shoulders. Your brain starts telling you
body 'look guys if we want to hit this ball a mile then we need to put
loads of effort it' - WRONG!
Next time you swing - remember to keep your back and shoulder
muscles relaxed so that your real swing is as
good and as free as your practice swing.
Remember the proper and most efficient golf swing is all about
technique not aggression.
The answer to this question lies in the way we think the golf
swing works - we need to convince
ourselves that the Pro Golfers swing works - Power without effort - and
we too will follow their lead.
A good exercise to demonstrate that loose muscles work better
than tense muscles is to try running down your
garden with loose muscles then tense your muscles and try again - the
difference is dramatic isn't it and the golf swing is no different, we
need to keep our muscles relaxed for them to work effectively.
Tensing prior to moving doesn't help - you need to relax to
let your muscles work properly at the right point in your swing.
One of the main problems that generates this tensing motion is
caused by the way many amateur golfers
practice. How many golfers have you seen at the golf range who go
straight for their driver and start trying to knock the ball out of the
range? Many I would guess. These golfers are simply trying too hard.
Golfers should concentrate on accuracy on the range not distance i.e.
how close can I hit it to a line from me to the target?
One way of practising that takes out the need to try and knock
the skin off the ball is to use
plastic balls, you know the ones you can by from the golf shop. Once
you start hitting these balls you quickly realise you can't hit these
balls 300 yards so don't try to. It results in you concentrating far
better on technique. They also have the added benefit that you only
need about 30 yards of space to practice in.