In this series of articles I am going to teach you 3 extremely simple fundamentals that have the potential to completely change your game over night.
If you are a mid to high handicap golfer, I am almost convinced that you are struggling with a couple of these without even having to see your swing.
The reason I am so confident, is that even if you have poor golf mechanics, you can still play reasonably well just by following these three tips in the way that I will describe them to you.
You may have heard these at one time or another, but avoid the urge to poo-poo them off the bat. Take the time to read through the descriptions and make sure that you are applying them to your golf game.
3 Fundamental Golf Tips for Immediate Results
1. Less Tension in Your Golf Swing
I know that you have heard this one before! “Deep breaths” “hold the club like your holding a dove” etc, etc.
There is a better way. I am not going to take credit for it because I did not come up with it. But we will get to that in a second.
The tension that I am talking about is the subconscious tension. Tension you don’t even know you have. Personally I struggled with this all of the time….at the driving range.
No matter how well I was hitting the ball at the time, if I took a large bucket of balls out on the range, I could hit the first half of the bucket “lights out” but would always hit the second half terribly. It was like clockwork.
I became so fed up with it, I stopped hitting large buckets of balls altogether. I just spent 15-20 minutes hitting a small bucket of balls well and then end it. I didn’t get a lot of good practice in, but at least I left the range with confidence.
The Jason Dufner Waggle
I finally came to realize the cause. When I started hitting range balls I was relaxed. I wasn’t necessarily working on anything particular, just getting a feel for the club. But the more I started to work on specific things, my tension would increase. And the worse I hit the ball, the greater the tension.
The interesting part is that I didn’t realize that I was getting tense. If you would have asked me at that moment I would have said that I wasn’t tense, my tension was extremely subconscious. I think I even remember someone commenting to me that it looked like I was too stiff and tense but I even shrugged that off!
How I Trained Myself to Swing Relaxed
I licked that tension by going to the driving range with the focus of being able to swing without tension. That is not easy to do! In fact I really failed miserably until I got some advice from Jacoob Bowden from swingmangolf.com
He explains it beautifully:
“One of my favorite tension-relieving drills is to hit a bucket of balls while blowing a subtle amount of air through my nose or mouth while hitting each ball. If there’s a big disruption to the flow of air during the swing, I’ll know I had some tension in my swing. Sometimes while I’m doing this I’ll also focus on keeping my face relaxed and not gritting my teeth while I swing…or I’ll imagine myself swinging with the grace and balance of Ernie Els or Fred Couples. By the end of the bucket, my shots are usually much better.”
Bingo! That really resonated with me and made a big difference. I challenge you to work on that drill on the range and you will notice a big difference. Especially if you are struggling with your game.
I was going to put all 3 tips in one article but decided it would be too long. Stay tuned next week for the next extremely easy golf tip to improve your golf swing overnight.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist