Not Understanding What Works In My Golf Game

We have all played rounds of golf were everything was working. It just seemed that no matter how we swung the club, the results were better than average. Then, poof we have a very low score and we walk off the course elated. We are “walking on sunshine” (I bet you are humming that song right now); at that moment, all was right in the world. It was a great day on the golf course! The next round, thinking to build on our last round successes, yet nothing works. We chopped more wood than a lumberjack and no matter what we try we cannot figure out what was wrong. To me the answer is simple; we do not understand what works in our golf game to consistently make it successful!

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Changing Your Swing To Hit the Ball Hard

Teeing off on the Par 5 16th hole at Osprey Links Golf Course.

There are times when I need (want) to grip it and rip it! I am feeling good and want to press my advantage and hit the ball that extra 20 yards. Generally, this happens on the par 5s because I want to get home in 2.

This is when I take advice of ‘Tin Cup’ and set up to let the big dog eat! It is interesting that I feel I need to change something to gain that extra distance, and generally with little success. I wonder if I am doing something wrong?  Continue reading

Seven Things to Remember When Swinging A Golf Club

When first learning to swing a golf club, there are hundreds of things beginners try to remember. The amount of white noise rattling around in their head is a constant source of distraction, frustration and knowledge. For many would be golfers, breaking down this information is very important to improving and really enjoying the game. Continue reading

Golf Tip: Keeping your Head Still!

Recently, I placed an image on Instagram with a caption: “keeping your head down through the entire golf swing is important for consistent low scores.” It was a quick note and I originally thought it was grammatically correct and to the point.

After a short while, Rick Williams from mindbodygolf, a valued member of the Grateful Golfer Community, suggested that keeping your head ‘still’ instead of ‘down’ was the correct message for a consistent golf swing and lower scores. His suggestion started me thinking and wondering if his suggestion of keeping our head still was indeed the correct message.

After much thought, I agree with Rick. To prove this change in wording to myself, I actually grabbed a club and swung it about 25 times. Through the entire process I focused on the position of my head and whether it stayed in the same position through my entire swing. This is what I found out:

  • My head is in the center of my stance during set up
  • My head shifts towards my back foot slightly during my back swing. Additionally, my head turns slightly to the right to make room for my left shoulder at the top of my back swing
  • As my down swing starts, my head returned to the middle of my stance, but remained behind the ball through impact
  • On contact, my head is still and centered until my right shoulder pushes my head to look for the ball

My conclusion about Rick’s comments is that my head does need to stay still, but does slide during my golf swing. An important message to follow this diatribe is that my head stays on the same plane and does not bounce up and down like a bobblehead.

Thanks Rick, my new message to all golfers is to of “keeping your head still through the entire golf swing is important for consistent low scores.”

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!