Golf Swing Mechanics – Better Navigate the Plethora of MIS-information!

There are so many confusing and conflicting ideas on what constitutes correct golf swing mechanics.

Golfers are constantly being bombarded with unsolicited advice on how to properly use and swing their clubs.

So with all the different schools of golf swing mechanics out there – who and what do we follow?

In the book, “Golf Can Be an Easy Game” author Joe Novak offers his expert opinion on some of the more popular golf swing mechanic theories floating around the course.

Novak writes;

“…confusion and contradiction are rampant in golf. There are more theories and more ideas on golf than any single subject in the world. Here is how these numberless ideas have developed.

Originally, in trying to explain the various clubs and their uses in golf, an impression was created that each club in golf required a certain technique. In other words, there was a certain way to use the driver for the long shots, the use of clubs for fairway shots was something different, long irons required another technique, short irons something different again, and so on through the pitch shots and the chip shots.

When it came to putting, the experts had run out of ideas and techniques, until today the notion prevails that putting is something that cannot be taught.

What a silly situation! Putting can be taught and learned just as any other shot in golf…

…On top of this contradiction about using the different swings for each club in golf, there is another theory in golf, to wit: that no two people can or should swing a golf club in the same way. There is a belief that each player must develop a golf swing designed to suit their own specific needs. From this school of thought we are swamped with ideas of how the tall, the short, the thick and the thin should play the game.

However, a serious consideration will soon prove that there are certain basic physical mechanics that exist in the human body and all persons—thick, thin, tall or short —must conform to that basic setup.

As if the above idea, of a different swing for each player and a different swing for each club in golf, has not developed enough confusion and conflict, there is still another prominent school of thought that has inhibited and restricted the naturalness in golf and the enjoyment that flows from such naturalness.

I refer now to the school that insists there should never be any body action in a golf shot. This school does admit that on the longer shots with the driver and other woods there may be some body action; but when it comes to the iron shots there must be none. Of course, when putting, complete rigor-mortis should set in.

If ever one wanted to develop an unnaturalness in a physical endeavor, the way to do it is to eliminate or restrict all body action. Nothing could be more unnatural because the basis of all athletics is a full, free use of the body. For example, whether one is throwing, kicking or punching—whenever one is trying to get power into a hand or a foot—it is with a sense of body action. In fact, it is only with a full, free sense of body action that the desired effect of throwing, kicking or punching is accomplished”.

Some advice on golf swing mechanics can be both confusing and contradicting. It’s best for the golfer to have some way of deciphering good information from bad.

Use Novak’s professional advice to correctly navigate the plethora of misinformation surrounding correct golf swing mechanics!

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