Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 762 - Wednesday May 3, 2023
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Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
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Tom's Featured Tip: Erroneous Swing Concepts

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Erroneous Swing Concepts

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Erroneous Swing Concepts

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

The golf swing starts in the brain. That can be an absolute blessing if you have the correct concepts solidified for your swing - or a curse if you don't.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the golf swing. Avoid them and you will be on your way to thinking correctly about your swing.

Erroneous Swing Concepts
  1. Setting up with your spine straight at address.

    I've read and seen a lot of golf instruction advising the player to keep the spine straight, pelvis in, chest out, and the head up at address. That setup inhibits a good backswing turn, which robs you of potential swing speed. Instead, you should bend forward from the waist, maintaining the natural curvature of your spine, and look downward with the eyes. Its sometimes referred to as having a "neutral" spine at address. You will be more comfortable, and you'll be able to rotate more deeply and with more speed.

  2. Keeping the head still in the backswing.

    This was hammered into students at swing lessons for too many years to count in the past, and still is in some circles. If a golf instructor tells you to keep your head still in your backswing, RUN AWAY!

    If your swing style is weight forward biased and rotational, the head is allowed to rotate and may even move fractionally laterally back during the backswing. If your swing style is more conventional - one that allows for some loading and unloading of the rear side, then some slight lateral movement is mandated. Although the movement is minimal for either method, in order to rotate well and generate power you need to allow the head to rotate or move sideways, depending on swing method, in the backswing. Don't confuse this with SWAYING, which is taboo.

  3. Pause or stall your lower half rotation down in order for your chest and arms to catch up.

    I hear this on TV all the time after a bad shot "their hips were moving too fast and the club got stuck behind them." Then I usually hear some conversation about stalling the downswing to allow the arms and hands to "catch up".

    My questions is this: if you have worked your tail off to develop speed in your rotation, which translates directly to speed in your swing, why would you want to give that up?

    The answer is that you shouldn't want to. Don't let the tail wag the dog. Don't take away something good (speed potential) when what really needs to happen are a few adjustments.

    Instead work on generating the correct speed, timing, and synchronization of your upper torso downswing rotation to match up with your lower torso rotation.
Avoid these commonly held misconceptions when you practice and play, you'll really like the results.

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"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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