…and the scary subject of hitting the golf ball comes up. There was a quote in the comments section last week.
“When my fellow hacks clip dandelions they are free and easy and fluid but when they clip Mr. PROV1 they are locked up tight from the armpits down. Why? And what is a real way to cure the rigidity? Without regard to golf-itiical correctness.”
Simple answer, difficult solution.
When you clip dandelions and make practice swings there is no thought of precision. You allow your body to move the way it wants to.
When you hit the ball, you try and aim the club at the ball, instead of making the same simple swing and allowing the ball to get in the way.
There is a point where tension and grip pressure get too low, but the key to a good golf swing is to be devoid of excess tension and by default, excess thoughts.
I will watch students put decent looking moves on the ball and hit a dead shank. Why? I can nitpick several of their movements, but the simple fact is they have excess arm tension and/or grip pressure and they are aiming the club at the ball.
I called it snatching the club, it gets steep or too far from the insde, the hips thrust and…EL HOSEL!!!!!
You are better off with an incorrect move devoid of excess tension, than a “perfect” move filled with tension and snatching.
As I wrote in an earlier article, clipping dandelions and good practice swings versus a terrible swing that ends in a bad shot…the difference is almost always excess arm tension and/or excess grip pressure.
If you work on those two things, your swing and contact will get better.
Another way of looking at it…it you shift your weight and allow gravity and the rotation of your body to control the club…guess what?
Working on this myself right now, especially in chipping. That is why I wrote that article about chipping feel is coming back.
When you try too hard for correct positions and UGH, things like creating lag, it’s a snatching motion. You are trying to put the club somewhere it doesn’t want to go.