What a great month of golf we have had, some amazing scores and we have been having lots of members participating each week. We look forward to the autumn months when the weather is cooler. The ground staff continue to do an amazing job with the course considering the lack of rain.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST GOLF TIP YOU’LL EVER READ BEFORE YOU PLAY YOUR NEXT GAME OF GOLF!
Golfers all around the world are searching for the next “big” thing to lower their scores.
There’s nothing new in golf, only “bigger” words to make us golf pros sound smart!
What if I told you that the newest “thing” in golf is actually going back to the “olden” days of golf swings?
You see, back in the days before there was a lot of technology, golfers freely turned their hips and shoulders in both directions. They didn’t try to create a “coil like a spring” swing.
Golfers then also let their front foot come up and their left knee work toward the ball.
Even in the glory days of Nicklaus, Palmer and Snead, they lifted the front foot and freely turned in both directions.
Somewhere along the way, all of this “athletic” movement was deemed undesirable. Players started keeping the front foot down and firmly planted. We, as players, were told to restrict the hip turn to build up a “powerful” coil.
While I will agree that SOME players can benefit from restricting the turn and keeping the front foot down (mostly players ALREADY on Tour), the majority of players would benefit from just letting it all move freely back and thru.
Senior golfers more so need to turn their hip and shoulders freely to create a much better pivot. By allowing the front heel to lift off the ground will allow you to create this turn much easier.
The next time you go to the range, make as big a turn as you can with both the hips and shoulders, (actually the shoulders don’t turn, the chest does and brings the shoulders along with it), let your front foot come up on the big toe and your front knee work toward the ball.
This will “feel” really strange and there is a good chance you won’t make perfect contact the first few swings. That’s because you’ve trained your body to do something else, but give it a try.
I think you will find yourself feeling less tension, less tightness, and gaining more distance!
John Furze (PGA, GSED)