Many golfers come to me for lessons, many have played for years , some for less than a year, some are total beginners, they all have have misconceptions of what makes a good golf swing, they have totally the wrong information. But if that is all you know , that is what you try and do, and it leads them into going down the long road of tips, quick fixes, listening to their playing partners which although are trying to help, are not qualified to assess and explain how a golf swing works and deliver a structured way of learning.
No, we all know it takes work, commitment and dedication to improve, but you also need the right information to improve, you could spend hours, months , years, doing completely the wrong thing !
When a golfer comes to me to have a lesson, they usually will want to improve their ball striking, they want more consistency and they want more distance.
When I see them there is a definite pattern of misconception of where they should be at impact.
They all believe that if they return the golf club to their address position at impact they will hit good shots !
How wrong can they be.
I video their swing and when they swing down, the club head is virtually at the same point at the 9 o clock position on the downswing as it is at the 9 o clock position on the upswing !
If you imagine looking at a circle face on, their club almost traces the same line, has the same width up and down! They are doing what they believe to be correct, but it is totally wrong. You will not see this on a good player.
What they get when they do this is hit fat shots, that is hitting the ground before the ball or thin shots which is hitting the ball on the upswing.They are so inconsistent, they are frustrated.
When they hit the thin shot they believe this happens because the have lifted their head ! Another misconception !
How do I change this belief ?
Easy , I just show them the impact alignments first, show them how to get there and get them to feel it.
So here are the key points.
Hands ahead of the ball, around 4 to 6 inches.
Shaft will be leaning forwards.
Weight on the left side, head does not move forward at impact.
Hips are open to target, shoulders less, more parallel to target.
Right side lower than address.
Right elbow still bent at impact.
They get it straight away, a light seems to go on, they understand that you strike down on the ball, to achieve a better compression of the ball, get a better flight on the ball, and retain more energy into impact.
They were throwing the energy away so early, they wanted to get the club head to the ball so fast , they did not use their body, their pivot to transport their arms down into the release area, so now they will have energy stored , to release into the ball and the turf after impact.
They will not be manipulating the club with their hands, they will be more consistent, they will be using their body in the correct sequence, the club will be accelerating into the ball, they will get more distance, and of course they can now strike down on the ball and achieve better contact.
All of this achieved by explaining a misconception and the golfer getting the facts behind a good swing.
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor
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