GOLF: Goals and Objectives

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

Goals and Objectives
Labor Day Weekend is not the end of the golf season. With the hot weather behind us, fall temperatures will be a welcome relief, providing us with an excellent opportunity to layout a plan of improvement for your golf swing and your golf game. Now is the perfect time to start working on your swing and game so your can be ready next season, so do not wait until April to start working on 2011 improvements.
Reflect back on your golf season and I am sure you can create a list of a few things that you would like to improve. Improving your golf swing is different than improving your golf game so let’s use these two categories to help focus your practice.

Your Swing:
Your ball goes up in the air and flies around relative to the conditions of your impact position. Impact is known as “The Moment of Truth” and this position determines how your ball will fly, or roll, if you are a newer golfer. Changing these conditions is not easy. Controlling that 1/10,000 of a second called impact is almost impossible, improving that position must happen in the preparation first. In order to make some swing changes, you must have a good and accurate idea of your swing as it is now. Try using mirrors, a video or Polaroid camera, or a friend.
Your set-up position will be very similar to impact so how you stand up to the ball in the beginning is very important. I always tell golfers that if you want your golf ball to fly differently, stand up to it differently. Your set-up will create the swing that follows. Differences between set-up and impact are: Lower body work has the hips turned toward the target and the club face is de-lofted with the hands leading the club head. Practice your impact positions by hitting a tire, or something similar. This is a good way to relieve stress as well.
Getting your backswing into a good position will be a big help in delivering the club to the ball in a strong, positive position with speed. I think the backswing is the simplest part, but is unnecessarily complicated and golfers tend to put too much effort into this area. Effort should be applied in to the finish part of the swing, or launching the ball toward the target. Think of a catapult that is cranked back into position, to me that is the backswing. In your backswing you must set your hands and turn your shoulders; that is it.
Your finish position will tell you everything about what happened in steps one and two, and balance is the number one key. If you swing and cannot hold your finish position in balance, something is wrong, and it is probably not just one thing.
Guessing what might be the problem is a long shot at best. I suggest your ignore your perceived problems and learn what is correct. Keep working on the proper or correct form and it will suppress your weaker parts. I often hear one specific reason for a bad shot, usually it is a combination of things and finding the right key that fixes all of the problems takes practice and understanding of the swing.
Your Game:
Putting, driving distance, greens in regulation and driving accuracy are all ways of measuring your game. Physical condition, mental preparation and course management are the other important parts to your game. Attention to these areas is time well spent.
There is a true story of a golfer who scored in the 90’s and had a situation come up that didn’t allow him to play golf for a number of years. While away from the game he would spend time every day visualizing himself playing his favorite course back home. He was very specific when he thought out his perfect round. He would feel the wind blow, the impact of a solid shot, the flight of the ball, the smell of the flowers and the feel of the grass. When he returned home and back to his favorite course, he did shoot his perfect round of 72. What we put into our minds can be very empowering.

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