Has your golf swing/ball-striking and scoring improved over the past 1 to 20 years?
If it has, can you point to the few factors that improved to make your swing/ball-striking better?
If you haven’t improved, it’s because you can’t answer question 2. I’m not talking about trying something new – that most golfers do on a weekly basis – I’m talking about strategic improvements worked on over time – the only way to permanently improve your swing and ball-striking.
That is why The Truth About Putting works when followed, its a system to follow and focus on. Golfers stop trying this and that – looking for a quick fix, they get more focused on a system that they know and use.
Putting is physically simpler than the golf swing, and much easier to get to an A grade level.
But, as with putting, better striking comes from physically mastering a set of fundamentals, then importantly, being relaxed, swinging with good tempo, and always being orientated towards the target.
As I arrive at the end of my 3rd decade playing and working at my game, I have a much better understanding at how very good striking happens – because I experience it each time I play – regardless of when my last game of golf was; the correct positions, feelings and mindset are embedded.
Below, are some of the fundamentals that I have improved through trial and error, and that are common among very good ball-strikers. (I hadn’t mastered them when I was younger, it took many years to learn about them and join them together into a fluid, repeatable swing.)
I’m sure a couple of them will be applicable to your game.
- Don’t overextend the arms like I used to – influenced by Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (yep, “Tont”, just learnt that). This is an Adults Golf Swing fundamental. The arms and wrists need to have a low level of tension in them so the wrists can hinge naturally and the arms can move quickly. Swinging too far and being floppy at the top of your swing will lead to poor timing.
- Balance: a centered swing where you turn in concert with your relaxed arms and wrists (Adults Golf Swing Fundamentals). Point one above, is related to this, because if you are swinging to wide and/or your arms are tense, you may also be moving around too much.
- Correct hinging of the wrists in relation to vertical versus horizontal hinging.
- Correct setup and distance from the ball. The setup is SO IMPORTANT, it influences how balanced you are, your alignment, and where you swing your arms.
- Finally, Automatic Golf: feeding your nervous system through what you see, then responding with free, feel-based swings that vary slightly, depending on what ball-flight you want.
Take the applicable fundamentals from the above list and go and work on them. The end point is being able to go out and play in Automatic Golf Mode (point 5). (Having said that, even if you have not mastered points 1 to 4, Automatic Golf Mode is how you play your best golf – regardless of how good technically your swing is.)
The best outcome will come from combining excellent technical swing fundamentals with automatic, feel golf.
By now you would know about The Automatic Golf System. The Adults Golf Swing is based around fundamentals 1-3 in the list above, and those 3 points are common among all tour players – they have less movement, and more repeatable, relaxed, technically correct swings; they play in Automatic Golf Mode.
If you want more guidance on developing a better, repeatable swing, that you will own for many years to come, and also learn how to play with more feel and better tempo, take a look at the Automatic Golf System and The Adults Golf Swing training, here.
Cheers, enjoy this great game.