How To Develop The Perfect Golf Swing
Have you ever heard of the old saying Practice Makes Perfect. I'm sure you have. A lot of people think that is good advice. On the surface it is, but what if your practice is full of inconsistencies and imperfections? What are you reinforcing? Are you developing good habits by still practicing the bad habits in the hopes that by some miracle something good will happen. That's the way most people approach just about everything, from learning how to play the piano, to learning math skills in school, or developing a perfect golf swing.
After you understand the mechanics of the perfect swing, I personally wouldn't recommend hitting the golf range. Not yet, at least. You have a lot of bad habits to unlearn first. If you put pressure on yourself by putting that ball in front of you, you will very easily slip back into your old habits.
I recommend you practice in your back yard first, without a ball. You need to concentrate on the mechanics of your backswing, your grip, your stance, the way you transfer power with your legs during your downswing, etc. You want to learn the correct way of doing everything, then reinforcing the correct method over and over again so everything becomes very fluid and you develop that muscle memory I talked about earlier. Once your muscles become adept at doing the mechanics the correct way, your motions will naturally become very fluid. Only then, would I recommend hitting the range and striking the ball. The first few times, I would advise that you have your teacher with you, to make sure the pressure of performing, or hitting the ball, doesn't cause you to relapse into your old habits.
Understanding the mental aspect is very important, but learning how to relax both mentally and physically is also key. If your muscles aren't loose and warmed up properly, then you will tend to alter your swing until those muscles do warm up. A good physical warm up and stretching routine will help you to loosen up. A tight muscle will seriously damage your efforts, so take your warm up routines seriously. You don't want to undo all the good habits that you have learned. Muscles that aren't warmed up properly tend to be carried by the ones that are. If you have muscle imbalances occurring then you will be doing more harm than good, so warm up properly and get all the muscles working together as a team.
This takes dedication and discipline to learn. When I first took up golf, I just went about it like most of you, just went out and hit the ball. When I decided to take it seriously, I thought to myself that all the principles I had developed to learn music would easily apply to golf, so I started taking lessons to learn the correct method, then I used the practice techniques I had developed in music and applied them to golf. I would practice various aspects of my swing as perfectly as possible, then I would put them all together and practice them as a whole. It took awhile but my scores started to drop. I went from scores in the 100's to scores in the 80's in 6 months. A year later I was a scratch golfer competing in local tournaments and winning a number of them. I strongly feel that if I had decided to, that I could have turned pro.
I believe that we all have the ability to do anything we want. If you want to be a musician, you can; a golfer, you can; a scientist, you can. We all have the ability to be great. To learn how to accomplish that is the key ingredient. If the desire is there, if the will is there, if the dedication is there, and above all, if the discipline is there, then you can achieve greatness.
Again, Practice Does Not Make Perfect! Perfect Practice Does!
David Dorrough is a retired educator, having taught at several leading universities. Today, he is active as a free lance writer and is involved with Internet Marketing. As an avid golfer, you should visit his informative website on golf at www.golf.consumers-choice.net