Spring has finally sprung (or work has been a bear) and you can't wait to get back to the links. Since nothing would sour your anticipation and great mood like a rotten round of golf, here are a few pointers that will put you into position to exceed those great expectations.
Set up, Balance and Weight Transfer
Everything that is solid starts with a great foundation and like in life (I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. but the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. the moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. - The words of Jesus in Luke 7:47-48) a great foundation in golf is very important. Your set up is your foundation. Your stance should be about shoulder width apart (experiment to find what is the most comfortable balanced width for you), your knees should have a bend in them and your side to side balance should be in the middle and your front to back balance should be centered on the balls (not the toes) of your feet. Remember your ready position.
Keep your swing in balance and remember to transfer your weight. Start the backswing by dragging the club away and slightly inside of the golf ball. During the backswing the only body movement should be a smooth weight transfer to your back leg. At the top of your swing your back leg should be bent, in the ready position and carrying most of your weight, with your body weight shifted toward the back of center but not all the way back. If you are on your toes or your heel at this time you have moved forward (toes) or backward (heel) - keep your weight on the balls of your feet throughout the golf swing.
Start the downswing with a smooth transfer of your weight toward the target - not he ball - from the back foot to the front foot with a push off the inside of the back foot from the heel, keeping flex in the knee. Do not lurch nor push from the outside of your foot or from the toes and do not straighten the back leg - stay smooth. Once the weight has begun to move start your swing using the big lat muscles of the side of your body closest to the ball. Keep your weight moving and finish your swing with all your weight on the front foot. Remember not to dip your head during the backswing or the forward swing. Focus on keeping your head as still as possible keeping same the vertical distance between your eyes and the ball at all points in your swing.
Focus on transferring your weight and starting your swing from the lat muscles to avoid swinging hard from the top. If you focus on technique you should not be conscious of the speed until after you hit the ball.
Most of all, think of these things and practice them with a practice swing or two. When it 's time to hit, focus on a spot on the front of the golf ball that you want the clubhead to hit from the back through the golf ball. Your body knows what to do - trust that it can do it. Throughout the bible you see story after story of faith in God. This faith comes from believing and when one steps out in faith (belief) they see the glory of God! Believe and you will see - not see and you believe - is what trust and faith is all about. Apply this to your golf swing. Believe that your body knows what to do - trust it - and see the results.
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