There are probably more tips on how to play golf than any other sport that you play and in a modern world full of information we should all be experts by now, right? Whether it’s golf tips from friends or a magazine- there’s always a chance some information slips through that’s not quite right. It may even sound logical, but until you educate yourself enough to know what you don’t need to know, so to speak, it can be hard to know who to listen to. Let’s take a look at three, and there are more, of the top myths in the golf tips world that are probably hurting your game.
1. Keep Your Head Down. Who hasn’t heard this one before? It’s definitely one of the most commonly heard phrases in golf usually given by well meaning friends when there’s a topped shot in the vicinity of the viewer. “Ah, you lifted your head…gotta keep your head down on this next one.” And so we get golfers who look like their feet are planted in concrete, poor use of the body and all hands. Usually your head is not the problem, but it could be your spine angle is changing, so it “looks” like your head is lifting.
2. Slow Down. Now before we go any further, I am NOT giving you license to swing full throttle on each and every golf shot from now on, sorry kids. Unless you are already hitting the ball as far as you want the problem is very likely not that you are swing too fast, it’s that you are swing too fast at the wrong time. In other words, it’s an acceleration problem. I could write an entire article on this one point alone, but for now we need to learn how to swing with rhythm and proper acceleration so we can get that speed in the right place.
3. Swing Straight At It. Again, it sounds logical…the target is straight ahead so why not swing your arms at it. Well we must remember one key point, your golf swing is not a ferris wheel (which would move on a vertical plane). The golf swing is on an angle plane, like the roof of your house, and the arms swing around the body and not in a straight line…unless you want to take up polo!
So let’s think about these three “tips” in a simple way. The golf swing is basically a circle but unlike baseball which is on a horizontal plane, or polo which is vertical, golf is a circle on a tilted angle. If we learn how the circle of the swing works we can eliminate the first tip, and when we learn how to accelerate around that circle we can get rid of the second tip and when we understand how the circle moves on an angle we can then have a much clearer picture of how a proper swing works and eliminate the third tip.
If you suspect you have issues with any of these three areas do yourself a favor and get with a swing coach who uses high speed video. They will be glad to show you any swing errors and educate you on how to make a correct golf swing that will help you play better much faster than “tips” ever will!