Learning the mechanics of the golf swing… No. Let me rephrase.
Teaching the mechanics of a good golf swing to someone with a bad golf swing is a challenging task. Of course, we know that a bad golf swing will result in a bad golfer, but how do you get to a better golf swing?
This is a question that I would ask myself as I would take an initial look at someone who had come to me for help. After a while, and witnessing many bad golf swings, I began to realize that these golf swings (or lack thereof) did have some things in common.
Basically, almost all bad golfers and their subsequent swings have some basic similarities. These are deficiencies in their grip – their stance or set up – their posture – and their weight shift during the swing.
If you want to improve your golf game, you have to improve your golf swing. And to improve your golf swing you have understood the aforementioned areas.
The interesting thing that we as teachers oftentimes do is to go over the grip, stance, posture, and weight shift. Then we have the golfer take a couple of practice swings with all this new information, and drop a golf ball down and look for the results. This is fascinating.
The game of golf is so focused on end results. Where did the golf ball go after I hit it? I’ve done this when working with someone… I would venture that we as instructors all have. A curious technique to be sure. We see the practice swing knowing that it’s … well not too good, but yet we still want to hit the golf ball (I guess only to verify that it is indeed a bad golf swing).
The point here is that once you initially get with someone to help you understand the various parts and aspects of the golf swing, then take a step back (from the golf ball) and work on the swing. Work on the muscles that execute the parts of the swing. Get comfortable with gripping the golfclub hamburg, your stance, your posture. Swing the clubs over, and over, and over, without hitting the ball.
Work to where you can just sweep the top of the grass or the practice mat over and over with a consistently executed golf swing. Once the grip, stance, posture, and weight shifting through the swing become second nature, only then introduce the striking of the golf ball. Then get back with your instructor and have them evaluate your progress on the golf swing, not the results at this point.
A bad golf swing is going to produce bad golf shots. Work on your swing first and the shots will follow.
A shut clubface will frequently create a lower flight and a ball that snares. The issue with a snare is that the ball will likewise battle to dispatch sufficiently high into the air to convey.
A shut face frequently comes from a wrong hold where either of the hands is pivoted excessively far away from the objective in a “solid” position.
This will cause the clubface to close all through the swing and at sway, prompting a low snare shot. The normal response to this miss is to swing more out and away and the issue here is it regularly builds the snare and makes pitching and fortification shots almost incomprehensible.
To address this, take either of your hands and turn them toward the objective so you see fewer knuckles on your lead hand and fewer fingernails following right after your hand. This more unbiased position will permit your clubface to remain all the more square.