Well, the summer has come to an end as we head into the first of September, and this has been a good summer, at least the second half, for my golf game. Early to mid June my handicap was at its high of 6.9, and now with the new revision, it is 4.2. I am not quite ready to go into detail, of how I was able to bring it down almost 3 strokes, but I am going to discuss one new aspect of my game, at the end of this blog.
Today, I want to discuss one general aspect of the golf swing. First, you must agree with this one statement. The golf swing is a very physical demanding athletic process. All you have to do is watch the swings of Dustin Johnson, Rory McElroy, Ricki Fowler, and Justin Thomas to believe this. For the average or even a low handicap golfer these swings are really physically impossible to repeat, unless you want to first spend a year at cross fit and then go and try to play golf. One of the main problems with the golf swing, is that you can get into positions of the swing by using your arms and legs, that look pretty good, but are really ineffective when it comes to providing power and accuracy. So what’s a golfer to do? The solution is to make sure you are making a full hip turn. What is a full hip turn? The hips should at least turn 45 degrees on the backswing. That is the minimum. If you can turn them more fine. Can you over turn your hips? No, as long as you obey one simple rule. You must make sure that your weight is on the right side at the top of the swing. As long as you do this, then your hips can turn as much as you can turn them. The more you turn your hips on the backswing the farther you will hit the ball and your accuracy will improve dramatically. It is the purest definition of completing your backswing. By turning your hips fully you will put much less stress on your back muscles and get a much fuller shoulder turn in a very natural way.
Getting back to my own golf game, a couple of blogs back, I mentioned that I am playing the with no swing thoughts, which is what I am still doing. It has really freed up my swing and has contributed to my scoring improvement. I play now with what I call swing feels. What’s the difference. Well according to our language experts, a thought is a mental process, and a feeling is a process of the heart. Now this may be getting a bit sentimental, as far as golf is concerned, but don’t knock it until you try it. My playing golf from the heart has made a huge difference. No more swing thoughts. No more low and slow, pause at the top, smooth transition, get wide, shut face or square, and nice and smooth. I’m feelin it man. Will see what the next month brings. Happy golfing