Recently, I returned from Port St. Lucie, Fla.,
where I completed my PGA certification. During my final testing sequence,
I spent several days with 67 other aspiring golf professionals. The dialog
was especially thought provoking, and the various ways to look at the
swing were enlightening.
I would like to share with you an approach to the swing several pros
from California were using. They called it the awareness approach
to swinging the golf club.
The basic premise is to let your body swing the club and dont clutter
your mind with too many swing thoughts. They believed you could analyze
your swing to such an extent you could paralyze your body to swing ineffectively.
Analysis to Paralysis
(See left photo above.)
It was suggested a sequence of exercises that would allow you to swing
more freely and feel the swing. First, swing the club on a horizontal
plane like a baseball bat. Start with the club in front of you and swing
back and through to a full finish (facing the target).
Next, place the club between parallel and halfway to the ground and swing
a sequence again (from in front to back to a finish).
Third, place the club on the ground in the position a golf ball would
be and swing back and through to a balanced finish. Execute these three
positions feeling the location of the club head.
(See photo above middle.)
The final two exercises should be: (1.) take a regular swing except instead
of looking where the ball would be on the ground focus your entire attention
on the target as you take a full swing. Finally, take a full swing with
your eyes closed.
(See photo above at top right.)
When experiencing these five practice sequences, feel the location of
the club head. Again, swing the club parallel; swing the club between
parallel and the ground; swing the club, starting the club head on the
ground; swing the club looking at the target; and finally swing the club
with your eyes closed.
Use each of these exercises before you hit a ball (five practice swings
taken before hitting the ball) when practicing.
Enjoy your practice session and feel your new swing evolve as you methodically
prepare to hit golf balls with less interference from your mind.
Dale Crafton is the owner and instructor at Cozy Acres
Golf Complex, 4040 Old State Rd. 62, Madison, Ind. Call him at (812) 273-3137.