A great quote from the great Arnold Palmer. I tell my students that golf is not the easiest sport to learn, BUT golfers make it harder than it is. It all comes down to a few simple principles that you MUST adhere to:
- Grip the club properly – the club is held in the fingers, not the palms, for better control of the club which in turn allows free swinging without tension.
- Keep your posture (spine angle) – keeping your posture in your backswing, into your downswing, and through the “hitting area” will greatly improve your ball striking. If your body stays in posture, the club has a better chance of staying on its swing plane and as a result, better contact.
- Keep you balance – The downswing starts from the ground and that is where you focus on keeping good balance and foot/leg work. That controls your downswing motion. Think “underhanded toss” while keeping your posture and you will start sensing your balance much better.
- Posture = Balance;Balance = Posture. You can’t have one without the other.
If you focus on these fundamentals, your golf motion will improve dramatically. Sounds easy, right? It is — if you let it happen. It WILL be complicated if all you think about is the ball and trying to hit at it. I tell my students to “work on you. Don’t focus on the ball. It’s not about the ball. It’s about YOU.”