Improve Golf Swing Performance – Looking Beyond the Ball to Maximize Your Drives!

In their efforts to improve golf swing performance, many golfers find themselves over-swinging their clubs.

Some golfers incorrectly believe over-swinging to be the solution to their swings shortcomings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

To improve golf swing performance golfers must realize over-swinging actually inhibits club acceleration, resulting in both shorter and more inaccurate drives.

There is a simple fix. To help golfers overcome this false and overriding tendency – they must be taught NOT to concentrate on the golf ball! Sounds crazy, right!? Well, to truly improve golf swing performance golfers must change their focus beyond the ball!

In the book, “On Learning Golf”, author Percy Boomer offers some professional advice to help golfers improve golf swing performance. He explains to swing the club to their greatest potential, golfers must understand that the “acceleration climax point” is located – “a yard past the ball.”

Boomer goes on to write;

“…the climax of this acceleration, as I tell you, must be not at the ball but away past it. If we make the ball our center of attraction, our acceleration will culminate at that point, and since our effort will be exhausted, we shall not be able to “stay with the ball.”

Now I have found that people who feel like this do so because they over-swing. Over-swinging is the natural result of trying to hit the ball; the three-quarter swing is the natural result of trying to sweep through and past the ball. The three-quarter swing puts the natural climax of acceleration of the club head where it should be, about a yard past the ball, but if you go back too far, you will not be able to maintain acceleration to this point.

From which arises a curious and valuable illustration of teaching methods. As you know, I do not like simply to say to a pupil, “You came down outside,” or “You are over-swinging.” These faults are mainly not mechanical at all; they arise from a false conception, and if I correct the false conception, the fault cures itself. In this case I found that the people who were over-swinging were doing so because they were concentrating on the ball. When I had explained that the climax of acceleration must be a yard or so past the ball, their back swings began to shorten automatically —because they felt the need for a reserve of effort to enable them to go on past the ball.

In short the good golfer measures the length of their back swing by the feel of their follow through. They are not consciously aware how far back they go but they are aware of the acceleration climax point away past the ball. This point and not the ball is the true center of the swing, and obviously the farther past the ball it is placed, the shorter must the back swing be…

…Timing, then, is: (1) The gathering up of speed through the ball from correct mechanical movement, and (2) a correct conception of the location of the swing center. These two can only be blended into a whole which can be faithfully repeated time after time by our sense of rhythm“.

Improve golf swing performance by looking beyond the golf ball!

Try implementing Boomer’s advice into your golf swing practice routine.

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