Why The Golf Swing Basics Are So Important

The Importance of the Basic Golf Swing

Golf is one of those games that we need to understand its basic simplicity before we can get to grips with the more complex side of it that the pros use. Most golfers, especially new golfers, seem to bypass the basics altogether and jump right into trying to emulate their peers and, as a result, they have nothing to fall back on when things go wrong, that is why the golf swing basics are so important.

Practice is also something that is in short supply for most golfers and, because of this, they never get the correct golf swing ingrained into their muscle memory. This leaves them in an awkward position of having to relearn their swing every time they go out for a round of golf.

Humans, being what they are, get round this by settling into a natural and comfortable stance and swing and in their own mind they think, falsely, it is the same one that the pros use. After a few outings, or perhaps a lot of outings, this natural and comfortable way of playing becomes the normal, even though it does not work for them. One of the biggest problems is that it seems to work some of the time, so they think they are on the right track and just need to practice more.

This "up and down" way of playing golf encourages the golfer to try changes in their golf swing to try and get the "secret" that will give them a straight and reliable shot on a consistent basis. But, having failed to learn the basics in the first place, the consistency in their golf swing that they are looking for is almost impossible to achieve.

What happens next is a common experience for most golfers, not just those that are new golfers and just starting out, they begin reading magazines, buying books, watching the televised tournaments, taking lessons from their local golf pro and, generally, trying to make up for the lack of simple basic knowledge and experience that, once learned, can always be returned to in times of need.

The problem with these means of correction is that they give you the advice to achieve the professional golf swing and not the basics. The tournament golf professionals know the basics better than anybody, but they no longer use the basic swing, they have adapted the golf swing in order to optimize their performance and put them in a different league than the rest of us, and this is the reason why trying to learn the "professional" golf swing is so wrong for us.

The "professional" golf swing is balanced on a knife edge, it is optimized so much that it is very difficult to maintain and it has to constantly be tweaked with very slight and subtle changes in order to keep it working. The tour pros have swing coaches to help them with this, they also practice a lot more than we do, up to 5 or 6 hours most days. Do you realize now why the professional golf swing is not the one that most golfers should be striving for?

The basic golf swing, when learned correctly, has far fewer moving parts to it, it produces a straight shot with a reasonable distance for each golf club. It is also far more forgiving when we get our stance, or our grip, or direction a little wrong. Most importantly, it gives us that consistency that we need, a method that we can return to in order to sort out the problems we have introduced when we try the various optimizations that we can't help trying. It also helps us correct a golf slice or hook.

Knowing the golf basics will give you less frustration, a lot more fun, and will give you something tangible to tweak and adjust and play around with without destroying your game in any way. I know a couple of golfers who don't try and optimize their swing at all, they play with the basics and, along with good golf course management and a good mental approach, their golf handicaps are in single figures.

I'm in the middle of writing some articles to thoroughly explain why the golf basics are so important, I'll put them up on New Golfers as soon as I've finished them. In the meantime, if you want to cure your golf slice this should get you going. Remember, above all else, golf is a game and is supposed to be fun as well as challenging, when you are having fun you are relaxed and
positive... the perfect way to play golf.

Golf, Some Basic Swing Advice

Basic Golf Swing Advice

Golf, some basic advice is essential, especially for new golfers, if they don't get the golf swing basics right they will struggle for a long time, maybe even for years. The game of golf is a bit like chess, you have to constantly analyze your moves and your position, in the case of golf, that means, in a general sense, analyzing your golf swing and your course management skills.

This, believe it or not, is one of the many enjoyable parts of our favorite game, too many golfers get their enjoyment only from a good result which leads them to feeling frustrated most of the time.

The pros, at least the top pros, all have help from a lot of different sources, eg. swing coach, mental coach, golf coarse analysts, and of course not forgetting their caddy who does a lot more than just carry their golf equipment for them.

Most of us, however, have to rely on nothing more than ourselves and maybe a few lessons from the local golf pro now and again, so getting to know our own swing and adapting what we have is imperative and a good golf professional will help us achieve this when we do get a golf lesson.

Our local pro is not with us when we are on the golf course playing golf, so his advice on correcting our golf swing faults is not available when we most need it. This is why we have to be able to analyze our own golf swing and get to know each and every part of it, especially if you are trying to correct a golf slice or hook.

As far as our golf swing goes, it's the basics that we struggle to get right, if we don't know the fundamentals then we have nothing to rely on when things go wrong, that fundamental method that we know works every time and gives us a straight shot, no heroics, no great distance, but something that we know will produce a certain outcome.

In order to get the golf basics right, we have to be aware of our golf swing, the path it is taking, and whether the golf club face is square at impact. Getting our stance right is less important, an open or closed stance should not matter if the swing trajectory and club face is right, it is still possible to produce an accurate and straight shot, the only part of our stance we need to get right is what they call the athletic stance, straight back, chin up, bend from the hips. Apart from these, it's your own personal golf swing that you have to work with.

When most golfers are preparing for a shot, they take a couple of practice swings and concentrate on... what?

Usually, a lot of things like, are they lined up right, is the club head just skimming the grass at the right spot, is their left arm straight..., and a whole collection of other things. What they should be concentrating on is their golf swing, they should be aware of what the golf club is doing during it's complete journey from being at rest all the way through the back swing until it returns to the impact zone. Not just the trajectory of the golf club, but also what is happening to the golf club face.

Once we stand up to the ball, get our balance right and take a look at the green, trust in your own natural ability that you will be lined up correctly, you really don't have to worry about that, our brains are well capable of doing this automatically.

So next time your on the golf course or at the driving range, trust your mind to control the things it can and concentrate instead on what your golf swing is doing, once you get proficient at that, the basics will become obvious and, more to the point, you will understand them and be able to return to them whenever you need to, and remember that with golf, some basic advice and the fundamentals of the game of golf is what is really important for new golfers too.

Golf Swing Advice, The Golf Draw

Draw v Slice

In the game of golf a draw is the result of imparting top-right-hand spin on the golf ball, it is the tee shot that the long hitters aim for because it tends to travel further. Thanks to the top spin it will fly further and when the ball lands it should bounce and roll forward. If you're serious about improving your golf swing, the ability to hit a draw shot is essential.

Compare this with a fade or golf slice that puts bottom-left-hand spin on the ball, it does not fly as far nor does it bounce and roll as far either.

If you suffer from the dreaded slice, then producing a golf draw will clearly correct your golf slice as well as add distance to your shots. Have a look at How To Hit The Golf Ball Straight.

The Draw

So how do we go about imparting top-right-hand spin on the golf ball? It's not as intuitive or as natural as producing a golf slice, all you have to do for a slice is get the club head to come across the ball at impact, an out-to-in swing plane will accomplish this, so also will letting your body get ahead of your hands in the downswing.

That would mean that an in-to-out swing plane at impact should give the desired results, if, and only if, your body does not get ahead of your hands.

To stop this happening, you have to keep the relationship and position of your hands, arms (left arm for right-handers), and shoulders intact throughout the swing until impact is made with the golf ball. The triangle made with your hands and shoulders should be maintained, this is, of course, basic to a good golf swing anyway.

The best results are obtained when you concentrate on turning your shoulders during the back swing, and not your golf club or arms and hands, this is also true of the downswing.

Too upright a back swing must also be avoided as this tends to produce an out-to-in swing plane. Think of the swing plane for your driver as being flatter, more around your body.

Having the club head slightly closed at impact should also produce a draw, be careful to not overdo it though, a hook is never a nice shot, it is just as disastrous as a slice.

Golf, The Effortless Way

Play Golf With Little Effort

I'm going to show you that playing golf the effortless way, is not only the way to get the most fun out of golf, but also the best way of getting results. None of you reading this article is a pro, much less one of the top pros, you're probably not even a low handicapper, maybe even a new golfer so lets get things into perspective first. Have a look at Golfers Biggest Mistake.

If you are like the other 80% of golfers, and certainly most new golfers, and play once a week or less during the season and aspire to get your golf handicap into single figures or maybe even just break 100, then you are going to have to stop trying to emulate the tournament pros. They play a different game from the rest of us, they practice daily and have coaches for every facet of their game, so, if you want to improve your golf swing technique, leave them alone and stop analyzing their swing and every other part of their game.

It is more important to have a straight shot and know where the ball is going to land than to be able to hit the ball the maximum distance for each club you use, it's also important to conserve energy so that you can finish the round comfortably without any strain or undue tiredness. Playing golf the effortless way, or put the other way, playing golf with too much effort is the most overlooked fault that most golfers have.

If you are always trying to hit the golf ball as if it was fired from a canon, then you are using far too much energy, your accuracy will be off and possibly end up trying to correct a golf slice or hook, your distance will be off as sometimes you will get it just right and hit it long and, more often than not you wont hit it right and get much less distance from your shot, or worse, just flunk the shot entirely.

The pros have spent a long time, and put a lot of effort, into optimizing their swing. The point is that they had a solid swing to build on, they had all the golf swing basics working and ingrained in their muscle memory before they built it up to the professional swing they have today. It's those basic principles that we have to concentrate on first and the most important of them is to get rid of all the variable bits of the golf swing that can cause problems.

The first thing you have to do is play a short backswing, the longer the backswing the more room there is for your swing to be on the wrong plane and the easier it is for you to go out of balance. There is no need for a full backswing, that would come under the heading of optimizing, at this stage a full follow through would be more beneficial than a full back swing.

Secondly, speed. There is a great tendency for high handicappers to swing too quickly, both the back swing and the forward swing. Again, there is no need for any great speed and the faster you swing the more your timing will be out and your balance will be affected.

Finally, power. Hitting the golf ball hard is never a good golf shot, golf just does not work that way. Power is produced by the speed of the club head as it passes through the impact zone and not by how hard you hit the ball, and speed is something that can best be worked on once the basic golf swing is mastered.

To sum up, concentrate on two things, balance and taking an easy effortless swing. You'll be surprised just how straight, far and consistently you hit the ball by paying attention to just these two elements of your game. With this new found consistency comes a confidence and real enjoyment, once you can predict where the ball will land, you can bring course management into your play and make a real difference to your score.

So, go on, give it a try, play golf the effortless way.

New Golfers Beware

The New Golfer

New golfers really should beware, golf is one of the most addictive sports on the planet, it is also one of the most infuriating. You will never master golf, even the tour pros, good as they are, have not mastered it, they have golf swing coaches and golf mental coaches, they have to constantly practice and hone their golf skills, and are always trying to improve their golf swing.

Apart from your annual golf fees, playing golf can be quite expensive, there is always some new piece of golf equipment that you will need:

a new golf driver
a new golf putter
new golf wedges
a new golf bag
new golf waterproofs
new golf balls
new golf shoes
new set of golf clubs

If you can think of a piece of golf equipment, at some point you will want to buy it or replace it.

Then there are the golf lessons, golf tuition is necessary if you want to gain a consistent golf swing, for new golfers, golf lessons are indispensable, especially in the very beginning. The golf tour pros make it look too easy, you have to remember, golf is their livelihood, they have spent a lot of time and money to make it look this easy.

Golf is not just expensive, it is extremely time consuming as well, you won't get much change out of five hours just for one round of golf and often it will be even more. By the time you get to the golf course, get ready to play, even if there is no queue at the first tee, play the game, get showered and changed, then get home again (presuming there is no social interaction after the game), five hours is quite conservative.

Having said all that, golf is a game that can last you a lifetime, well into your retirement years. New golfers can start as early as five or six years old.

Players of vastly different capabilities can play together and still manage to compete.

The fact that you will never master golf is one of the game's many charms, it will always be challenging, even you are playing alone, speaking of which, it is one of the few games you can play on your own.

Golf is a sociable game, there is plenty of time to get to know the people you are playing with, they may, on occasions, be strangers at the start of the game, but by the end, they no longer will be, and if they are already your friends, what could be better?

Fresh air and exercise surrounded by nature and pleasant landscapes and views, enjoyable company and, arguably, the greatest game on Earth. So as I said above, let new golfers beware.

If you haven't already, you might want to read this article "New Golfers - Start Here", or have a look at Golfers Biggest Mistake.

To your golfing enjoyment.

Golf Swing Advice, Power in Golf 2

The Power in The Golf Swing

The Golf Swing

As I hinted at in "Power in Golf", there is no need to to take a full swing in order to generate clubhead speed in golf. New golfers have difficulty with this and throw all their power into the shot, especially when using the driver off the tee.

If you haven't already, you may want to read Improve Your Golf Swing.

Most golfers, in their attempt to increase distance in their golf shots, apply more power, and when they see little improvement, apply even more power until their golf swing breaks down and they start having wild shots, probably a bad golf slice, and most golfers find trying to correct a golf slice one of the hardest things to do.

The golf swing should always be controlled, it should have a nice easy tempo, it is technique that adds distance to the golf shot, never power. The idea of powerful shots producing greater distance seems to be one of the more intuitive, but false, beliefs that are so common in golf. It is easy for the golfer, especially the new golfer, to believe this, after all, it is logical, hit the ball harder and it will go further. Depending on the golf equipment you have, getting some better golf equipment may be beneficial and help you get increased distance, but that all depends on the golf equipment you are already using.

Technique is far more important than physical strength in the golf swing, if the face of the golf club connects correctly with the golf ball, a good shot is the result, that is what golf clubs are designed for. To produce more distance the clubhead has to move through the impact zone faster. It is all to do with accuracy and speed. New golfers should concentrate on making good accurate contact with the ball and forget about distance. Have a look at Golf and the Axis of Power.

Accuracy is required to produce a well flighted golf shot and increased speed to produce greater distance. The confusion seems to be in the method of increasing the speed of the clubhead through the impact zone. It is not done by using a more powerful swing, it is the speed of uncoiling the body and uncocking of the wrists. This has to be done in a controlled fashion. The downswing is started slowly and initiated by turning the shoulders, the arms and hands just follow along, concentrate on moving your shoulders, and accelerating the turning of the body, this will return the club head to the ball. Uncocking the wrists should be left until the last second, the later this is done, the more speed will be produced.

A common fault by old and new golfers is uncocking the wrists way too early in the downswing, this is known as casting, a bad golf swing fault, if you uncock your wrists at the start of the backswing (the worst scenario) there will little speed in the clubhead as it passes through the impact zone, and there will be no acceleration.

The objective is to have the clubhead accelerating through the impact zone, this is important, the clubhead should be accelerating as it hits the ball.

New golfers should not be using a full golf swing, a short backswing and a full follow-through is much better, it is easier to control, the swing plane has less of an effect if it is not quite right, and it will assist in returning the clubface to the golf ball correctly. It also makes it easier to achieve the late uncocking of the wrists and helps to reduce the possibility of casting.

The basic golf swing in golf is the one with the least moving parts in it and has little to do with power in golf. The less movement, the less there is to go wrong.

When we introduce more movement into the golf swing there is a greater chance for things to go out of control, that's when we start to see all the golf swing faults appear. This is so true for new golfers.

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To your golfing success and enjoyment.

To your golf enjoyment!

The Mental Game Of Golf

Golf, The Game Of Two Heads

The mental game of golf is a game of two heads, the golf club head and your own head, and it's the link between these two heads that is the real game of golf. What is more important is that golf can be a game of two minds, the one you imagine you are playing and the one you are actually playing. Seldom are they the same.

Even worse is the indecision that can happen in your own mind, you can start your golf swing with one plan in mind and just after you start the downswing your plan suddenly changes, this is done without the desire to change your mind, it happens in an instant and there is nothing you can do to about it, and it is too late to stop the shot.

A simple thing like a hazard can instigate this change in thinking, you suddenly become more aware of it, or doubt your ability to avoid it. A sudden stray thought or a loss in confidence can cause it too, whatever the cause, the outcome is usually the same, the result is normally a bad shot.

It's also a hard one to deal with, it doesn't happen all the time. It's intermittent nature means that you are seldom prepared for it, it's not your golf swing or stance that you can change to cure it, and it's not your golf equipment either, it's a mental thing and one that you have to practice hard to stop it. Routine is a great way to avoid these moments, repeating the same things before we initiate our golf swing has the tendency to boost our confidence.

The golf professionals call it a pre-shot routine, and each pro will advise you to follow a different one depending on what their favorite one is. The truth is that whatever one you use does not really matter, what matters most is that you find a pre-shot routine that suits you and you use it before every shot.

Another helpful routine to lessen the occurrence is to have the same golf swing thoughts for every shot. Again, it does not matter what these swing thoughts are, the important bit is to have them. Concentrating on having a smooth, rhythmical, controlled and precise golf swing will leave less room for these changes of mind to take place, just remember to always do it.

There is an awful lot more to the mental game of golf, entire books have been written on the subject, and they don't all agree with each other, however, in my experience, having a pre-shot routine and having the same golf swing thoughts for every shot eliminates a lot of the faults caused by the mind aspect of the game.

Have a look at Golf and the Axis of Power.

Golf Swing Advice, The Golf Slice

Golf Swing Fault Advice

When we're talking about golf and swing faults, there is one fault that stands head and shoulders above all the rest, although technically it's not a swing fault but the result of a swing fault, we won't go splitting hairs about it, it makes it a bit easier to explain this way. A golf slice is easily the most common swing fault in golf, all golfers, and new golfers in particular, will, at some time, have to deal with it. Most commonly, it happens on the tee with a driver, but almost any golf club (except the putter) can produce a golf slice, if this sounds like you then you need to improve your golf swing.

There are many ways to produce a golf slice, I'll explain how to do it here just in case you want to experience one, just kidding, although a slice has a baby brother called a fade shot in golf which is a very useful shot to have in your armoury. The first way of producing a slice is by getting the golf club on the wrong swing plane during the downswing. The tendency is to take a backswing using the correct swing plane but getting out of line during the downswing and getting into an outside-to-in swing plane. This causes the club to come across the golf ball at impact and impart a lot of side spin.

The second way to produce a golf slice is for the club to impact the ball with the clubface in an open position (the toe of the club is behind the shaft or heal of the club), this has the same effect as an out-to-in swing plane, it imparts side spin on the ball. Have a look at How To Hit The Golf Ball Straight.

I said there are many ways to produce a slice but I've only named two. That's true, these are the two causes of a slice, but there are many ways to produce these two golf swing faults, either singly or both at the same time which gives a really bad golf slice, most golfers find trying to correct a golf slice very difficult and can spend years without getting to the root cause of it.

If your swing plane is too upright, and everything else is correct, then the club will follow an out-to-in swing plane on the downswing. This is an easy one to correct, it is usually a fault that occurs only with the driver and happens because the shaft of the driver is longer than the other woods. You need to stand a little further from the ball and make the swing more around yourself, it follows a little shallower path than the other woods.

Your grip can cause you to slice, a strong grip is when your hands are behind the club, a week grip is when your hands are, surprise surprise, when your hands are in front of the club, it's the week grip that can cause the problem, during the down swing your hands re-align to the perpendicular, this opens the face of the club and, hey presto, a golf slice. Various other combinations can cause this as well, a week left hand grip and a strong right hand grip can cause all sorts of problems, mainly because most of us have one hand stronger (in actual strength) than the other and when your hands are badly aligned the stronger hand tends to take over.

The best way to grip the golf club is with your hands parallel to each other, that is, with your palms exactly facing each other and both of them perpendicular to the ground. This helps your hands to work together, and the centrifugal effect of the down swing encourages your stronger hand into the perpendicular position anyway, so it is generally better to start off this way.

The most common cause of the golf slice is over hitting the ball, or trying to hit too hard. On the golf course it is precision and balance that is required, not power. Speed of the club head through the impact zone determines distance, again, not power. New golfers seem to have trouble with this concept.

When you hit too hard it causes your body to get ahead of your hands during the downswing. It also causes you to slide your hips forward, it puts your club in an out-to-in swing plane. Put all this together and your body in front of your hands causes the face of the club to open, a slice. The out-to-in swing plane causes the club face to come across the ball, a slice. Both together, a wild golf slice.

The cure of the golf slice, in this case, is to have a controlled swing, accelerating the club head through the impact zone, concentrate on hitting the golf ball correctly and let the golf club do the work it was designed to do. If your driver is the only golf club causing your slice then perhaps your basic golf swing is not yet ready for the driver, keep it in your golf bag for a while and use your 3 wood, it will go further than the sliced shot will and it will, more than likely, produce a straighter shot. Also bear in mind that a 10.5 degree (or less) driver is a less forgiving club than a 12 degree driver, maybe just changing to a more lofted driver will help to cure your golf slice.

Concentrating on keeping your right elbow (right-handers) close to your body throughout the golf swing, especially the downswing, helps to promote an in-to-out swing path, and a slightly closed stance has also been known to help some players say goodbye to their golf slice problem.

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Golfers Biggest Mistake

Basic Golf Swing Mistakes

If you're trying to improve your golf swing then make sure you're not making the golfers biggest mistake, and it does not matter whether they are new golfers or they have been playing for years, it's hitting the golf ball too hard, they put so much effort into hitting the ball that numerous errors creep into their golf swing. This is caused, mainly, by lack of control, the harder they try and hit the ball, the less control there is in their swing.

Golf is a game of finesse, not brute force, and a lot of golfers forget this. They put too much emphasis on increasing the distance they can make the ball travel instead of concentrating on control and accuracy.

When they try to hit the golf ball hard they use their arms and hands to generate the power, this makes their swing unsynchronized, their body usually gets ahead of their hands and results in a wild shot, a golf slice. That is why it is experienced or new golfer's biggest mistake. Timing is crucial in golf, golf clubs are designed to to do the work for golfers, all they have to do is deliver the club head to the golf ball correctly. A good controlled and accurate strike produces far better shots and greater distance than an all out blast at the ball will ever achieve, and more than likely will save you from having to correct a golf slice fault.

The power in golf does not come from hitting the ball hard, it comes from club head speed through the impact zone. The correct way of thinking of generating distance in a golf shot is to concentrate on club head speed, NOT power. Further, it's the turning motion of the body and the un-cocking of the wrists that generate the speed of the club head, not the arms and hands. The speed of the club head should be an accelerating speed, not a sudden burst of energy, the downswing should start relatively slowly and continue to accelerate all the way through the impact zone. It should be initiated with the turning of the shoulders, not a downswing of the hands. This is really important.

Thighs, hips, abdominal and lower back muscles are the ones that contribute most to the unwinding of the body during the downswing, the triangle formed between both shoulders and the hands at the address should be the same when the club head strikes the ball, if they try to hit too hard, this relationship between hands and shoulders is difficult to maintain, it also makes the body sway slightly as it turns and changes the the swing plane from an inside-out plane to an outside-in plane, this also produces a slice.

There are just too many complications introduced (unnecessarily) when they try to pull off one these monstrous shots, every golfers biggest mistake, stay away from it, stay in control of your golf swing and the golf club and you will get results that keep improving. Be patient, calm, cool and collected and enjoy playing the greatest game on Earth.

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New Golfers are a Blast

New Golfers

When it comes to golf swing faults, no-one finds it harder to fix these faults than new golfers, This article attempts to shed some light on the subject and give some basic golf swing advice to help them.

New Golfers have a very varied experience of learning golf, some have a hard time of it, especially if they are young teenagers. They are full of enthusiasm and energy, they take that off to the golf course with them and expect to be good players after a few games. They watched the tour pros on the television and know exactly what to do. Maybe their father or older siblings have given them a few pointers in the back garden. Maybe they've gone to the driving range, perhaps even had a few golf lessons, but it's their energy and enthusiasm that really stands out.

Where ever they choose to play or practice golf, they'll fill their golf bag with their golf clubs of choice (especially including their driver), maybe a golf glove, a few tee pegs, some golf balls,their new golf shoes and off they go. The first thing they will do is whip out their driver and try and blast the ball as far as they can. They don't understand where the power in golf comes from.

If they are on the driving range, this full swing attack on the golf ball will continue, regardless of the club they are using, if they are lucky and have a good golf instructor with them, he will try and temper this full frontal assault and give them some form of control. Even if they have recourse to a teacher of any sort, as soon as the the teacher is gone it will be back to trying to murder that ball. Youthful enthusiasm and loads of energy, it's wonderful really, but it usually leaves them trying to correct a golf slice fault. Have a look at Golfers Biggest Mistake.

If the new golfer is a bit older, late teens or early twenties, we see a whole different approach to learning. There is thought and analysis going into it this time, a much more measured and controlled amount of energy, the enthusiasm will still be there, but it will no longer take over to the same extent. The need for golf instruction will be paramount and eagerly sought, these new golfers have something more than energy and enthusiasm, they have ambition.

They see themselves as potential tour pros, even if they don't have the burning desire to become one, they see their potential of becoming as good as one, and why not, their youthful confidence is colossal. These golfers will also have a love affair with their driver, it would seem that it's the most important club in their bag, it's wonderful really.

Then there is the new golfer that is a bit more mature, he, or she, decides to take up golf for different reasons, probably as a form of relaxation, a hobby, a way of getting some more exercise and fresh air, companionship, there are loads of different reasons. They know they are not going to become a tour pro (they've left it too late, and probably have no desire to become one either), so their approach is different again. They may, or may not, seek out a golf coach, if they do, they will probably only have few lessons to get the basics, then they will get on with just enjoying the game.

Improving will be a gradual and lengthy process, there is no rush, and unless extremely competitive by nature, there will be no real goal in site, just something to enjoy. Their love affair with the driver will be a short lived one, they will probably give up on it and use something like a three wood, three hundred yard drives won't even enter there heads, it's wonderful really.

At the end of the day, the game of golf isn't the most played sport in the world for nothing, people of all ages can play and enjoy it. If they are playing to their handicap, they can all compete with each other and have the same chance of winning. It takes a while for new golfers to realize this though, but when they do, their love affair with the driver ceases to be as important and they start playing golf, the real game, the one we play for enjoyment.

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Golf Swing Advice, Power in Golf

Basic Golf Swing

This article will try to give some golf swing advice about achieving power in golf by highlighting the basic golf swing, the fundamental golf swing that all the other golf swing styles are built on.

The basic golf swing in golf is the one with the least moving parts in it and has little to do with power in golf. The less movement, the less there is to go wrong. When we introduce more movement into the golf swing there is a greater chance for things to go out of control, that's when we start to:

sky shot
top the ball

or even miss it altogether, and generally get a lack of consistency so you need to improve your golf swing.

Most golfers try to hit the golf ball too hard. Believe me, a good golf swing has nothing to do with hitting the ball hard, everything goes wrong when you do this, including your balance, and the odd time you do manage to achieve a good shot, it's just luck. You must strive to hit the golf ball correctly, the club must always be in your control, try to think of it as a measured amount of power. If you don't, you will more than likely end up having to correct a golf slice fault. Have a look at Golf and the Axis of Power.

Golf Equipment

Trust in your golf equipment, golf clubs are designed to lift the ball into the air (excluding the putter) and make the ball travel an appropriate distance for the golf club in use. All it takes is for the club head to strike the golf ball correctly, nothing else. Yes, everyone will get different distances for the same club, but that depends solely on how fast the golf club head is moving through the impact zone. NOT how hard you have hit the ball.

Golf Power

That brings us to the reason for this post, where to get the power from. Bear in mind all that has been said above and remember that power must be measured, you don't just go for an all out blast, always stay in control.

Power is the wrong word to use, speed is far more appropriate, club head speed to be more precise. The pros take a full swing with a full body turn, they use hips, thighs and abdominal muscles (NOT shoulders, arms and hands), to achieve maximum rotational speed of the body, this turning motion starts slowly and builds up to maximum as the body returns to the position it had at address (not exactly true but will do for the moment), the point being that it is a gradual acceleration, not a sudden burst. Club head speed is given a further boost by the un-cocking of the wrists through the impact zone. This late boost of speed is where the real power comes from in golf and should have an accelerating effect as well. The whole lot put together should result in the club head accelerating through the impact zone.

Enjoying Golf

That's the theory, putting it into practice is another story (or should I say, another post). It's also the reason why the tour pros make money playing golf whereas it costs us money to play the same game. Which brings me to the point, game is the operative word here, we play this game of golf for fun and enjoyment, too many golfers just find it frustrating too much of the time, the reason for this is simple, they've stopped treating it like a game and started looking on it as an achievement and, as a result, play outside their capabilities. This will always result in inconsistent play. Patience is what is required, learn the basic golf swing and improvement will happen, but a controlled improvement, there is no single magic bullet that will suddenly change you into a pro overnight, your techniques have to improve as a whole in order for you to stay in control.

Remember, golf is a game of the head as much as it is a physical game, confidence is everything, playing within your own limits is a confidence booster, anything else and doubts will creep in, your concentration will wander, your lack of consistency will feed the doubts and your confidence will disappear, and once it's gone... well, you'll struggle to get it back again... until you start playing within your limits and control your use of the power in golf.

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To your golfing success and enjoyment.