If your swing’s a little lackluster, you might feel that slowing down is the answer.
It makes sense: we want to slow down to concentrate on “getting it right.”
But the “slow down” myth needs to slow down itself…and then disappear, forever.
That’s because this myth doesn’t produce a better swing: it simply produces the same swing…just slower.
Do you ever enjoy hearing that “swoosh” sound on the T.V. as your favorite golfer hits a tee shot? That satisfying swoosh is only made possible by speed.
More speed means more power. Slowing down won’t lead to a better swing – just a weaker one.
To hit the ball at a fast speed with good technique, it’s important to perform golfing warmup exercises before practicing your swings.
Exercises such as arm circles, trunk rotations, and dynamic stretching will help you gain the flexibility and balance needed for a great, fast swing.
Cut out some extra time each week to practice strengthening exercises such as lunges and Olympic lifts. These exercises will increase your power, speed, balance, coordination, and posture – all of which will help you avoid slow, choppy swings.
We get the logic – having a straight left arm while swinging usually generates more power than a left arm that is totally bent.
But a left arm that is locked in straight? This will only cause tension and tightness in your swing. If you’re finding that your swing is weak and your left arm is always bent, don’t focus on keeping your left arm completely straight.
Instead, focus on keeping your left arm relaxed, avoid locking your head in place, and allow your swing to move as far as you can without compromising your posture to swing larger.
Perhaps your left arm won’t look totally straight – and that’s okay! It’s a lot better than stiffening the left arm to keep it straight, which will inevitably lead to stiff shoulders, a stiff neck, and a restricted swing.
P.S. – there’s proof that you can get away with a bent left arm. Just look at professional golfers like Kenny Perry, Jordan Spieth, and Calvin Peete.
Working with your own flexibility will bring much more success than focusing on certain “rules” such as keeping a straight left arm or a still head.
#5: “Roll the Wrists Through Impact”
“Impact” lasts less than a fraction of a second…so trying to “roll the wrists through impact” is a sure-fire way to overcomplicate things.
Trying to achieve this wrist movement is such a small detail that you’ll probably leave out the “big picture” and sacrifice more important aspects of the swing to obtain this little movement.
To square up the club through impact, it’s all about how you hold your club – not how you move your wrists.
If you hold your club firmly, but not too tightly, your wrists will naturally roll through impact.
Dr. James Porco is the Clinic Director at Back In Motion. He received his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science (2015) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2019) from Florida Gulf Coast University. While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Porco used this time to specialize in other areas of interest by earning his Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Medical certification to gain knowledge of golf biomechanics to increase golf performance, reduce injury & aid in sport-specific rehab.