Ever wonder why your next drive, after sinking a birdie putt, sucks? It’s either adrenaline or that demon in your brain that makes you feel invincible. Golfers all suffer from this problem after you make a perfect drive and step up for the next tee shot, expecting perfection. The pros do it, but you are not a pro. What should you do to avoid our physical or mental demise in order to duplicate excellence in every shot?
What is the Cause of a Poor Shot?
Mishits are caused by rushing our swing and tightening up our muscles. We tend to shorten our back swing and reduce the length of our outstretched arms. I have learned that power, when serving a tennis ball, comes from relaxed muscles and the same applies to our golf swing.
(a) A loose grip helps your arm, wrist and hand muscles relax and whip through the ball.
(b) Tight arm and shoulder muscles tend to shorten your swing arc and generate hits off the outer end and toe of your club face.
Because we shorten our swing arc when we try to hit our drives further, try setting up with your ball inside of the centerline of your club face by up to an inch.
–In the worst case: if your impact is at that inside point of your club face, you will lose about 10 yards on your drive. But if you are adding more power and swing speed, with tense muscles, you will most likely find more success with your driving distance by impacting your ball at the mid point or outer club face.
-Best of all: you will not be hunting for your ball in the rough or OB, after you at least connect with your ball with the outer part of your club face. Why not setup to err anywhere on the inside of your club face?
Learn to Relax by Testing with a Pain Reliever
After taking a mild pain reliever, we all tend to relax and take the pressure off our next swing. You will be surprised at the successes of your next relaxed swings. This should be a wakeup call to stop trying to overswing and kill the ball.
Solution for Your First Tee Shot and Your Front Nine Jitters
Too many golfers lose distance or make mishits when they swing primarily with their arms. You need to wake-up your shoulders and hips to get them involved with your swing. After your practice swing, step up to your ball, relax and then waggle your club with a 3 foot back-swing by ONLY rotating your shoulders and hips. You need to get them both activated in preparation for your full backswing. Than make sure that you take enough time to rotate your body and add wrist lag at the top.
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