During the 2012 AT&T Pro-Am broadcast, the commentators did a slo-mo on many of the amateur's tee shots on the par 3 16th hole. Almost everyone of them would have benefited from this article. It is likely you will too!
In this article, Y.E. Yang makes a simple suggestion that can produce a profound improvement in our golf shots. His simple suggestion is to change our mental image we have of our golf swing. For many players, their focus is on the ball. In those cases the player accelerates the club to the ball. This results in two frequent problems:
- the attack angle becomes very steep and the club digs into the ground. Whereas the path of the backswing was circular, the path of the forward swing is linear.
- the player unconsciously decelerates the club preparing for it to hit the ground
Here are the two take-aways from Yang's article:
- practice observing the first half of your forward swing (especially the first two feet) and ensure that the swing is circular in motion. When it is you will probably find the club approaching the ball on a much more gradual/sweeping manner.
- practice having the end of your swing (club hanging over your left shoulder) be the endpoint of your swing and not the ball.