2012-08-03 / Sports

Positive Golf Thoughts By Joel Garyn

Think of your swing plane as an imaginary line from your left shoulder to the club head. If you swing your arms on this plane around a fixed axis (your head), then your plane will remain fairly constant. In other words, your left arm and the club shaft will come back to the ball at impact in much the same angle they were in at address. This is an ideally simple mental picture of the swing’s shape.

“Try two turns and a swish.“

This is a simple definition of the golfing action. If your game isn’t what you would like it to be at the moment, and especially if you feel confused and snarled up, play your next three rounds strictly on the basis of “two turns combined with an arm and hand swing.“

Don’t think of the back swing as a set of complicated and separate movements, but simply as the first turn. Think only of moving your right side out of the way as your hands and arms swing the club back and up. Simplify your down swing likewise! Forget all the stuff about head, hips, and late hitting. Simply picture your down-swing as a second turn – moving your left side out of the way as your arms and hands swing the club down and through the ball.

If you have a decent grip and set-up and you can keep your head reasonably still and your feet firmly on the ground in the back swing, approaching golf this way could do wonders for your score.

You will very quickly learn that the swing really isn’t a complicated movement, and that the “secret” of golf lies in coordinating the turns with the actual swing of the club –not in a series of geometrically exact, deliberate placements of the club in certain “positions.”

Hope this helps you relax and clear up some misconceptions a lot of golfers have looking for the magic cure. In reality, redundant practice will go a long way in creating a feeling of playing target golf and not swing through golf.

Will be back with my articles in the fall so in the meantime have fun and, again, remember your score is no indication of your self worth; enjoy the fresh air, the friends you are playing with and enjoy yourself.

If you are ever in need of help and would like private lessons, short game, putting or full swing, groups of 3 or individual, call 347-404-3751. Be back in the fall.

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