• Bob Doyle, President of Forever Better Golf, Inc.

To improve your golf swing, focus on one aspect at a time

If you have played any golf at all, you no doubt realize that the golf swing is NOT an easy physical movement. It is made up of “many moving parts,” as the expression goes. All one has to do is follow the trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods, still the No. 1 golfer in the world, to better understand the complexity of the swing. At the Bridgestone Open in early August, he shot a 77. One week later at the PGA Championship, Tiger finished 28th.

In his book, How I Play Golf, Tiger states:”my swing is a constant work in progress.” And he started playing before he was two years of age. When Butch Harmon was Tiger’s coach, Tiger wrote that Butch would have him work on a single aspect of his swing, for hours on end, until that particular body part hurt, or felt like it would almost fall off. In recent televised practice sessions on the driving range, we saw Tiger’s caddy, Steve, hold a golf club to Tiger’s head to help him focus on any unwanted head movement.

To improve one’s swing, the golfer should also focus on one aspect of the swing at a time. Perhaps the most important and irrefutable aspect is to keep one’s head behind the ball through impact… just as Steve was helping Tiger do. If the golfer can achieve this aspect, s/he will be able to hit more solid and consistent shots, keep the ball in play and score lower.

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