Play Like You Practise
By Dean Claggett Director of Golf
The golf season is in full swing (so to speak). You’ve played a number of rounds and you’ve been to the range. So let’s ask the big questions.
Golf shows and magazines
Many amateur golfers with a passion for the game have a favourite PGA pro to study in televised tournaments. We eagerly watch golf channel infomercials and read golf magazines looking for the latest swing tips. But here’s the thing. In my experience as a teaching professional I know that most golfers have little awareness about what creates a good shot, a bad shot or how to practise to improve. The result is a never-ending and often frustrating search for golf swing magic.
All professional sports teams go through some sort of training camp prior to the start of the regular season and they practise (often daily) throughout their schedule.
A short training session every time you go to the range
Now, look into a mirror to get a feeling for how athletic, ready and balanced you are to start your golf swing. At the driving range, go through this routine after each shot for the first 10-15 balls in order to create a positive habit.
Next, you’ll need to understand what the club face does to the direction of the ball and also how the path of your swing influences the ball flight in the direction of your target. Please pay attention if the ball goes in a different direction than where you thought you were aiming. Here are the questions. (photo of female golfer swinging club on the range)
One more thing
Finally, let’s talk about your hands and your arms.
All the little assessments are important because they allow you to understanding your patterns of behaviour or your habits. This knowledge along with solid practise routines will enable you to improve your golf swing.
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