Golf-Stay In The Game!
FIND YOUR POWER SLOT!
The other evening I was out on the range hitting balls and working on my swing, struggling along like usual looking for a swing thought that would help me get myself back on track. It has been a particularly tough stretch for me, not playing because of work commitments and just a general dissatisfaction with my golf swing. Bad knees and arthritis don’t help things along any.
After having watched many of my own swings using a GoPro Hero 4, I started to get the idea of why I have such a hard time controlling the golf club and subsequently my golf shots. It is the way I set up to the ball that yields mediocre golf shots.
Well lo and behold the other evening, after a series of struggling swings and bad inconsistent shots, a little voice says to me in a complete sentence “why don’t you try lowering your hands about three inches and bending more from the waist?”
Being a soul who listens to those voices, I started to lower my hands and bend a little more from the waist. An immediate upheaval off golf spirituality surged through me. My shots, while still offline became solid and flew with a consistent ball flight and trajectory. What is more, the swings were much more powerful and the ball was travelling further.
I immediately put my teaching sticks on the ground and started working on alignment and direction, still with lower hands and more waist bend. Gradually my shots straightened out and I am able to really release the club head with much more violence and force and intent than was present before. I am constantly amazed at how one moment or one small decision can change your life.
One member watched me from the parking lot and yelled over “put your back into it.” finally I have rediscovered a giant power source in my quest to learn how to swing a golf club. I know that my legs have always been strong, but never realized how much my back and legs figure into the equation.
You have to strong to control a golf club, to move a ball with distance and direction, and to control your ball trajectory and direction. What is more you have to get the club on the correct path. Strength and power are prerequisites to good technique.
This trend has continued for five straight evenings as my release into impact is getting stronger and my follow through is getting fuller.
Can’t wait to get this new swing on the GoPro Hero 4.