Proper Golf Swing – Just Take Your Time!

The proper golf swing can be found in all of us.

We have all read the golf books and watched the golf videos giving step by step instruction on executing the proper golf swing.

All golfers, on command, could recite the phases of the golf swing, describing in detail the tiniest intricacies of the swing.

However, our ability to create and keep the proper golf swing sometimes escapes us.

Certain days our golf swings are flawless and brilliant and other days riddled with errors and almost unrecognizable.

So why all the inconsistencies in our golf swing? After all our study and instruction, why is it so difficult for us to consistently execute a proper golf swing?

In the book, “The Master Key to Success at Golf”, author Leslie King explains how a proper golf swing is more than just performing a series of actions.

King writes the proper golf swing, instead, is a “coordinated series of actions”. According to King a rhythmic, seamless, integration of all the phases of our swing is the key to success.

Easier said than done, right?

Kings, in the book, does a fantastic job helping us better grasp this concept focusing on one word – timing.

King writes;

“The game of golf is very much a battle between the conscious and the sub-conscious mind. You can think of making a position. You can think of making a shape to the swing. But the blending of a delivery into that shape must be done by training the hands and the club head to react subconsciously, that is, by imitating the intention which is portrayed in your practice swing.

If a player is so absorbed in the delivery that they are over-eager to make it, when they are at the top of the swing their reflexes take over. Their intention races too far ahead of time and the action is doomed to be rushed and distorted. Hence the time-worn phrase “hitting from the top”.

Many who remain poor players, despairing of making any marked progress, keep themselves in the toils for two main reasons they are afraid to turn their backs on the target in the backswing and far too anxious to get the club back to the ball in the return movement.

You must train yourself to make a delivery at the ball within the framework of a shaped swing by subconsciously sensing the action involved. With many players the swing is blacked out from the time they have taken the club head back a few feet from the ball until the stroke has been played for better or worse usually worse.

It is one thing to acquire a shaped swing which brings you to the poised position at the top of the backswing and then through into the follow-through and finish as already described in this book. But this in itself is not sufficient. The striking of the golf ball demands more than the making of one end at the top of the swing and coming down and through to the other end (the finish) in the vague belief that something will happen in the middle.

There you have just one more reason why learning to play golf well with a method which will prove lasting is a slow, gradual process. Many a young player with a good-looking swing, outwardly full of promise, eventually arrives at a stage where their game fails to develop further. Almost invariably, this is because they have failed to learn to make delivery of the club head consistently to the ball.

I have explained that the true golf swing is a coordinated series of actions enabling the player to take up a number of poised and balanced positions with the object of generating and retaining the power and feel in the hands all the time. The hands are like an electric battery. They must be charged and kept charged by the actions of other parts of the mechanism. These actions are blended into a smooth rhythmic overall movement by TIMING.

If the timing from one position to the next is rushed as, for instance, in the case of the player who cannot wait to get back to the ball from the top of the swing, the power and feel depart from the hands and an effective delivery at the ball is imperiled almost beyond salvation.

This is why those struggling golfers whose swing is blacked out after the initial stage of the movement back from the ball hit many more bad shots than good ones. Their successful shots are more or less accidental and cannot be repeated with any degree of consistency because the hit is bound to be released too early in the downswing.

I cannot stress too strongly the imperative need to give yourself TIME AND ROOM in which to swing the club-head and deliver it to the back of the ball.

…the good and experienced golfer senses the downswing even as they approach the top of the backswing.

What exactly do I mean by this? It brings us back once again to the hands. As the club is carried to the top of the backswing on upper-arm-leverage the accomplished golfer begins to feel the power and control building up in the hands and wrists and along the left forearm. This power they are going to apply in the later part of the downswing.

In order to effect a smooth transition from the backswing into the downswing the hand-action, never hurried, must be slowed down still more in the final stages of the backswing. The hands and the club head are going to be put into reverse and the operation must be done as smoothly as a skilled driver reverses their car.

The necessary slowing down of the action can be achieved only by feeling the build-up of power in the hands, wrists and left forearm. This feeling, in fact, helps to give you that almost imperceptible pause at the top of the backswing as the hands begin to change direction. There will be no tendency to snatch once you master this.”

Timing is the key to a proper golf swing.

All the mechanics of the golf swing become worthless if timing is off.

Correct timing ensures a smooth, balanced pattern to our swing – improving its consistency, distance and accuracy.

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