How many times have you hit a poor golf shot only to have your playing partners offer their instant advice on what you did wrong or what you need to do next time you hit? We refer to those people in your group as your “playing teacher or coach” when in fact they are offering you sometimes incorrect and certainly un-solicited advice. Here are some common myths about the golf swing:
· Keep your head down. Have you ever topped a shot and had your “playing teacher or coach” tell you the reason you topped your shot was because you didn’t keep your head down. The real reason people top a golf ball is they tend to try and hit the ball in the air and by doing that, they flip their wrist and keep their weight on their back foot.
· Set your posture over the golf ball like you are sitting on a bar stool. Many people think the set-up posture needs to feel like you are leaning back or resting on a bar stool, when the ideal set-up position should actually have you in an athletic position with the weight more on the balls of your feet. It allows the swing to transfer from the back foot to the forward foot during the golf swing, while keeping a good athletic balance.
· Keep your left arm straight. Keeping the left arm straight restricts the backswing and doesn’t allow a golfer to take a full swing. Watch the TOUR professionals on TV and you’ll notice they have a slight bend in the left (forward) arm at impact – it’s okay for you to as well.
· Swing hard to hit the ball farther. It would seem logical that if you want to hit farther, you need to swing harder. However, when most golfers try to swing hard, they end up throwing off their tempo and rhythm and of course, the swing speed. The key to generating more distance is to have more club head speed.
A good drill to practice to increase club head speed involves turning your driver over and taking some practice swings. Listen for the grip to make a “swoosh” sound when you swing. The swoosh means you are generating some club head speed by swinging through to the target, which in turn will help the golf ball travel farther.
Recognizing these myths and knowing how to overcome them will make you a better golfer and hopefully avoid the “free information” from your playing partners.