We know already that the more lean you are, the more flexible you can get. These things can only help you develop a better, more consistent swing.
But it’s still possible to consistently under-perform in thearea of distance even if your swing is good.
Even if it’s perfect.
Even if it’s perfect every time.
It’s a point of frustration for a lot of golfers, so what do they do?
They work on getting stronger and hitting harder.
But you can slam the daylights out of the ball and still wind up with way fewer yards than you would if you learned one little secret.
It’s not about how much you force your swing. It’s about the force behind it.
A steady, straight, well-focused swing will always result in more yards than applying brute force to the club ever will.
A steady, straight well-focused swing also results in a good, straight shot. Now, marry the two together and we’re talking lots of extra yards.
So how do you get there?
Well, practice, of course. But that’s only part of it.
You have to develop consistency.
It doesn’t just happen because you live at your local driving range and any old workout routine won’t cut it.
That kind of consistency comes from eliminating any and all encumbrances to your swing. Without that you cannot guarantee absolute consistency or measurable short-term improvement.
Now, what if I told you that as a means of helping you keep your resolution I was going to put in your hands a program that will get you lean and keep you lean?
And what if this program could send you on your way to gaining 10, 15, even 20 or more yards off the tee?
You would at least want to know a little more about it, right?
Over the next few days or so I want you to do a few things:
>>>#1. Practice your swing in the mirror.
Watch yourself and take note of what every part of your body is doing.
Now swing again and see if you can spot any differences.
If you’re in perfect shape, it might be more difficult but if you’re working around your own body, it should be obvious.
You’re making accommodations for the extra pounds and lack of flexibility.
Can you pull off a good swing if you’re overweight or tight? Sure. Usually.
But you’re always going to be compensating for the extra weight and the shortened muscles.
An imperfect swing arc.
>>>#2. Take note of how long it takes for you to get tired at the driving range.
How many swings are you pulling off before you need a break?
If you never thought about it before, chances are good that you’re getting tired a lot faster than you think you are.
The less baggage you’re carrying, the longer you’re going to be able to play and the more yards you’re going to get out of your swing.
Along those lines…
>>>#3. Start journaling the number of yards you’re getting off the tee, especially at the driving range.
How does the number on your fiftieth stroke compare with the one on your first?
Remember, it’s not about applying more force to the club. That will just tire you out. It’s about the force behind the swing.
Once you have that data collected (whether in your head or on paper)
I’ll be back to talk about how your numbers line up and see what we can do about improving them.
See you next year!
P.S. I’m not trying to take the fun out of your game. No guy likes the number crunching game, especially when it invades his golf game.
But sometimes we need to step back a little in order to see the big picture. When we know where the obstacles are, we can clear them fairly quickly.
That’s what I plan to do after New Year’s: clear the way to eliminate the obstacles and help you keep your resolutions about your game.
See ya then!