Proper Golf Swing – Are You a 16 Hole Golfer?

To execute a proper golf swing, golfers first need to visualize in their mind a “shaped swing”.

This mental image of a “shaped swing” provides the golfer with both a blueprint and map with which to guide their swing pattern. Whether driving, chipping or putting, revisiting this mental image is necessary for golfers to consistently perform the proper golf swing.

The reality is most golfers do not practice this pre-swing visualization when a proper golf swing matters most – during course play.

In the book, “The Master Key to Success at Golf”, author Leslie King offers great perspective on the importance of visualizing a “shaped swing” and its influence on proper golf swing patterns.

King writes;

“Go on to the first tee of any golf club any Sunday morning. What do you see? A weird conglomeration of styles, the snatcher, the floppy-wristed golfer who fans the ball, the player as tense as a petrified rabbit waiting for the stoat to strike and, of course, the “bell-ringer”. This is the player on the back foot at the finish of the swing pulling his hands up and down like the man on duty in the belfry.

I have seen more than one struggling player, swing blacked out soon after the start, whose hand-control was so sadly lacking that the club-shaft dropped on to the back of their neck at the top of the backswing…

…It does not require a golf student of any great knowledge or experience to sort out the Sunday morning rabbits from the tigers. The former far outnumber the latter.

Too many of these players lack a shaped swing. They have no mental picture of their intention other than a burning desire to thrash or steer the ball down the first fairway. They build up tension in mind and muscle even before they launch into the backswing, and endeavor to overcome their fear of what may happen to the shot by applying brute force or manipulation to the club head.

If you have a clear idea of your intention through a mental picture of the shaped swing you can concentrate on re-etching that picture without being plagued by doubts and fears about what is going to happen when the ball leaves the tee-peg…

…The swing-shape is the primary consideration. It will take you some way along the road. Then the quality of the delivery defines your limitations.

There are lots of golfers, professionals and assistants, and amateurs in the low handicap bracket, striving to break through in tournaments. Many of them are what I call 16-hole golfers. This is because they cannot keep their delivery going long enough to take them through a whole round of golf under pressure. It is not quite good enough for the job, and sooner or later it lets them down.

You must put your swing and your delivery to the sustained test of regular competitive golf if real headway is to be made. Only by absorbing the atmosphere and reducing the tension by regular experience of competitive play can you give your swing and delivery a real chance to make the grade.

Take your time moving round the course and settling yourself for the shot you are about to play. This must not be misconstrued as advice to dawdle from one stroke to the next and then to fuss and fiddle before playing the ball. This is liable to do more harm than good. Remember what I have said earlier about working out for yourself a neat, concise, certainly not prolonged, drill in preparation for play“.

To perform a proper golf swing, golfers must first visualize in their mind a “shaped swing”.

Try incorporating King’s advice into your pre-swing routine!

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