The Modern Golf Swing Is So Different
The modern golf swing has evolved with this use of technology, both in equipment and analysis; as well as the physical training the golfers now go through. They are treating it like a sport and are preparing their bodies accordingly.
Tip: One key mental aspect of golf is to remember that the goal is to have fun. As long as you have the right frame of mind in regard to enjoying the sport, you will find that the practice it takes to improve your game is something that is worth the time and effort.
When you read some of the older books on instruction and technique, you will notice there was a lot of focus on the lower body. The powerful driving of the legs both laterally and rotationally to produce power.
Tip: Work around the problem if you can’t easily find a way to solve it. It may become an advantage for you and become something unique about your style of play.
The end result of this approach was undo stress on the lower back due to the “reverse C” it caused in the finish. Just look at the old pictures of the golfers in their finished position and you’ll see the bowing of the body away from the target.
Tip: You are going to constantly lose golf balls. If you’ve bought some expensive golf balls, use them in a tournament or to close a business deal rather than for random games.
Because the golfers didn’t believe in conditioning their bodies, the injuries to their lower backs was on the high end. Many of them played with back injuries. It actually shortened the careers of many of them.
Tip: Learning to use your body as part of your golfing strategy can produce marked improvements in your score. It is important not to rely on just the arms, but instead to utilize both the upper and lower body together as a solid unit.
Look at today’s senior players. They are playing well into their 60’s and even early 70’s at a very competitive level. Why? Because most of them have a modern golf swing and have prepared their body’s physically to withstand the tremendous amount of pressure the golf swing puts on it.
The modern golf swing is a much more rotational movement, that is “stacked” at impact, not the reverse C I mentioned above.
Tip: If you limit how far you back swing, you will maximize your power to the golf ball. The further you bring the club back, the more striking power you can throw in, but if you go back too far, you will ruin the integrity of your posture and the result will be an inaccurate hit at the ball and possibly even bodily injury from pulling a muscle.
What I mean by “stacked” is at impact it almost looks like the golfer is right over the ball with his/her entire body. The hips are rotated towards the target; but in sequence with the core and upper body. There is very little lateral movement of the lower body and even upper body.
Tip: Before you hit your first shot, share with your golf buddies which ball you will be playing, including both the manufacturer and serial number of the ball. This makes it easier to differentiate your ball from another one if they are hit close together.
This powerful rotation creates maximum torque in your core area producing much higher clubhead speed and distance. This rotation requires a stronger core from a rotational standpoint. The key movements in training your body for the modern golf swing is rotational.
Tip: If you do not have enough time to practice, you should pay attention to your short game. Concentrate on your chipping and putting skills.
If you could only spend 15 minutes a day on your body, you would spend all of them doing core rotational strength and flexibility movements and drills. This would give you maximum return on minimal investment.
Training your body “off the course” will take your game to another level. Focus on the key aspects I mentioned above to create the most power. Learn the fundamentals of the modern golf swing.