The Proper Golf Swing – Practice Golf Nets to the Rescue?

Many golfers work diligently year round to develop and maintain a proper golf swing. Some golfers install practice golf nets either inside or outside their home – allowing them to rehearse their swing pattern regardless of temperature or weather conditions.

At home or at the clinic, practicing swing patterns using a golf net is certainly a major convenience. For all its convenience however, golfing nets can sometimes detract and not contribute to a proper golf swing.

To truly benefit from using a practice net golfers must be able to correctly interpret its feedback, which for the untrained amateur, can often times be misleading. Here in lies the problem. If golfers are to move toward creating a proper golf swing, any and all changes to the swing pattern must be based solely upon reliable and accurate information.

In the book, “The Master Key to Success at Golf” author Leslie King offers his professional opinion on the pro’s and con’s of using practice nets to help golfers develop a proper golf swing.

King writes;

“First, let me answer those critics and they include some of my fellow-professionals who assert that golf cannot be properly taught in the confined space of a net.

Their argument is that the instructor cannot see where the ball goes. I have a ready retort. The teaching professional should never have to wait until the ball lands before deciding what needs to be done to the pupil’s action. To work on the basis of what happens to the ball implies that the instructor, in order to counteract a slice which they have seen on the open practice ground, is going to suggest a correction which may lead to a hook or at best prove only a temporary remedy.

This is an attitude which I condemned in the opening paragraph of this book.

Now I have a pupil, who came to me shortly after having one single lesson from another instructor. Long before the end of that one lesson he had lost confidence in the man who was advising him.

What happened was this. The pupil hit a few shots up the practice ground, shots which, as far as he could see, were straight though he (the pupil) was not entirely satisfied with the way they were struck.

Yet the instructor kept on describing them as “cut”, a comment which puzzled the player. In due course he really hooked one and at once the instructor exclaimed “That’s a lot better. That was a good shot.”

“But I hooked it badly,” protested the pupil. Whereupon a discussion ensued which revealed that the pupil was aiming at one particular landmark in the distance while the instructor had believed him to be aiming at another well to the left!

Had the instructor been correct in his assumption, then it naturally follows that the man striking the shot must have been lined up wrongly in the first place.

Can you wonder that the pupil came away feeling that this particular teacher couldn’t tell a good shot from a bad one?

In my net I was soon able to re-shape this pupil’s swing where it was needed. Today he is still my pupil paying periodical visits for a check-up.

The teaching of golf boils down to the one essential fact that the behavior of the ball in flight is dictated by the club-line at and through the ball, by what happens in the hitting area, at impact and through into the apex of the swing. True, out on the course there is the wind to be accounted for, but a well-struck shot played with due regard to the strength and direction of the wind will not go astray.

I am concerned with the player’s swing and their club-line in the delivery.

And one thing is certain. If the advice imparted by me in the confines of my net (which happens to be a converted squash racquets court) failed to work out on the course my pupils would soon be going elsewhere. Instead of more and more past, present and prospective pupils waiting for a vacant space in my appointments book, the entries would dwindle to the point where I would be sitting around waiting for someone to turn up.

Of course it needs a knowledgeable teacher to instruct in a net, one who can detect club-line errors at and through the ball. Anyone who needs to await the final result of the shot before coming up with a stock diagnosis would obviously be at some considerable disadvantage in a net. Moreover the instruction can be carried out in a net under conditions which are not hostile to the pupil. By that I mean that the weather, whatever the time of year, cannot mar or ruin the lesson.

How can teacher and pupil properly get down to work when the former’s teeth are chattering and the latter’s hands and limbs are chilled to the bone out in the open on a bitterly cold day? It is asking altogether too much of human endurance.”

It takes a little know how to correctly use a net to develop a proper golf swing!

Use King’s advice to help you make the most of your net practice!

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