When I am on the range or on the course teaching, there seems to be a huge number of golfers that come to me and they are what I call OUTSIDERS.
I will explain what I mean.
The OUTSIDERS are a type of golfer, its a way they swing the club, they can be young or old, they can be fit or weak, flexible or strong, male or female, they can be experienced golfers, they are struggling golfers, golfers who do not improve, never play to their potential, golfers who resign themselves and think they are uncordinated and will never play good golf, so its a very large percentage of people out there.
What is the opposite of an OUTSIDER? Its an INSIDER!
An INSIDER refers to the way a golf club is swung.
Let me explain an OUTSIDER to you first, its what I see so often on the driving range and teaching bays throughout the world.
Is this you?
You want to hit the ball as far as possible, you put a huge amount of physical effort into hitting the ball, you see the distances on the range and you feel obligated to get the ball out there as far as you can, you try and hit a seven iron 150 yds but only hit it 125 yds maybe, you never hit the same shot three times running, it goes left , then it goes right, you hit one straight but it flies just above the ground, or you hit the ground before the ball, if you hit one solid it goes very high?
You are an OUTSIDER!
You let the those thoughts and moves control you!
You try so hard to get the clubhead to hit the ball.
You try to get clubhead speed and get the clubhead to the ball as quickly as possible.
Would you like to be an INSIDER?
Do you want to be more consistent?
Do you want to hit the ball much further with less strain and effort?
Do you want a reliable shot shape?
Do you want to strike the ball with more authority?
So this is how you become an INSIDER.
You focus on what you do.
You are aware of your thoughts, and you control your racing mind and haphazard thoughts and quieten your mind down through focusing on what you want your MIND and BODY to do and its not trying to hit the ball!
Your MIND must be in play and working for you not against you.
Your MIND/BRAIN sends signals to you muscles which move your bones, which moves the golf club, which moves the ball.You need to know how to move your body.
So you must learn to move your inside, your core, hips, trunk so that they are the power source, so the club starts following your movement during the swing, the club is a follower not the leader.
Most golfers THROW or PUSH the club with their arms to generate power and when that does not work, they THROW or PUSH it even harder!
Your arms are NOT your power source !
They arms transmit the energy developed by your body from your pivot and a sequence of events occur so you unleash your full potential through the ball, its like a boxer throwing a punch, they use their body, feet, hips, trunk in the correct order and it releases out through the arm, they dont stand flat footed and stick an arm out as hard as they can.
Same as throwing a baseball pitch or a cricket ball, a javelin, the shot, the hammer, the INSIDER, the body, moves first before the OUTSIDE speeds up.
So learn to control your mind and body and work on getting your INSIDE to move your OUTSIDE.
The OUTSIDERS are your Arms, your Wrists, and the Clubhead !
So you have a choice the INSIDERS use THE LAWS of MOTION and the OUTSIDERS FIGHT THE LAWS of MOTION!
Which one are you?
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
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