Playing golf correctly can be achieved through many other daily activities.
Typing on the keyboard, driving a car, sitting on the beach, playing video games and eating well are activities most of us do. Many people, both golfers and non-golfers, have preconceived ideas about how to play the game. As an instructor/coach, I often hear these thoughts and ideas:
1. How do I get strong and I need to muscle it?
2. If I swing up,the ball will go up.
3. Do I swing at the target to get the ball to it?
4. I must hold the club tight to control it.
5. Trust your instincts
6.Will the ball to go fast and far if I move fast?
These statements all make sense. However, scientifically, golf is a game of opposites. One of my approaches to sharing the proper skills in golf is to transfer skills already used by students. For example:
1. Typing on the Keyboard
• Start slow and stay at it. It is a skill that will last a lifetime. Eventually, you will have effortless speed.
• Use proper posture with shoulders square to the keyboard and target line.
• Soft and relaxed fingers allow you to type fast and swing fast.
2. Driving a Car
• Sit up with shoulders squared to the steering wheel and target line.
• Soft hands on the wheel and on the club.
• Proper hand position allows for more mobility and options.
3. Sitting on the Beach
• Allow the sound of the waves to relax you.
• Feel the breeze on your face.
• Drink lots of water and eat healthy and light food.
4. Playing Video games
• I am terrible at this!
• Practice and enjoy practicing—be willing to fail.
• Keep your eyes on the TV, not on the controls or the club or your body.
• Prepare your body correctly by slowing down and relaxing.
• Take your time—slow is fast.
• Savor each bite chewing slowly—do not let others rush you.
Written by former PGA Touring Pro, Doug Weaver, the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?,” a free hands-on interactive clinic and demonstration, every Monday at 4 p.m. For more information, call 843-785-1138, 800-827-3006 or go to www.palmettodunes.com.