There are many chestnut pieces of advice out there widely spread in the golf game for many years. But the question is, do all of them make any sense? Or are they just outright swinging myths?
In this post, we'll talk about myths related to golf swinging that have prevailed over the years. Let's go.
Myth #1: You should keep your lower body quiet
This myth cranked out from the idea that too much lower body motion will result in the swing to get thrown off. Anyways, nowadays in golf, it requires a weight shift to the front foot from the back. If you put your focus on keeping your lower body quiet, it may result in a meek. If you make a weight shift with hesitancy, it can cost you distance and accuracy.
Myth #2: Your head should stay still and down
The truth is, your head will move slightly along with the pivot of your swing. But not upwards or downwards. Nor should your head move before the impact on the ball.
If someone is giving you the advice to keep your head down, slap that advice right in the kisser. Adhering to this will result in the blockage of the shoulder turn.
This is one of the most common myths about golf swinging and the receiver takes this fake news too seriously. So, if you are also another victim, then rise now.
Myth #3: You should make a big and full swing
Seeing certain moves of professional golfers, many newbies consider their swing to be an ideal.
You have to remember, most of the amateurs don't have the flexibility or natural talent to smack a ball well over 300 yards.
Seeing professionals do such thing, the amateurs try to replicate them and make an all-out swing. This results in, wads of pushes, pull and slices. Instead, you should focus on turning your shoulders to the max comfy zone. After that, keep moving forward and let your club do its job naturally in the slot and down and through.
Myth #4: You should roll your wrists through the impact
This myth has been reigning for a long time. Seemingly, this idea was generated to make golfers release their wrists and encouraging the club to settle at the impact time.
You see, the club will be released naturally and at a specific time if you hold it firmly but not too tightly.
Your force of the swinging will permit the wrists to unfold and refold while the impact is being made, without any extra thrust from the golfer.
Myth #5: You should keep your left arm straight
This piece of advice is also worshipped by amateurs. Though a little of this advice is true, many love to take it to extreme and overdose the condition. They lock down their arm super stiff which results in robotic motion and ruins their opportunity of a solid strike. You sacrifice yardage and accuracy by following this advice.
Even many coaches allow their students to bend their left arm slightly while swinging as the speed and momentum of downswing straightens the arm automatically. On the flipside, you should not over bend in order to draw the club back more than your body allows. You should simply rotate your shoulders till they hit the maximum bend suitable to your flexibility, and make sure to keep your left arm firm and not stiff.
Myth #6: You should swing slowly
At some point someone surely would say you're swinging too fast and yell 'slow down' at you. Well, it seems like a legitimate idea to slowly swing your club to get better results comparing to a fast swing, but, the reality is, you receive the same results but at a slower speed.
You see, golf is a game of accuracy and power. The prime thing in creating speed in golf is speed. By swinging through the ball aggressively, you create speed.
The advice of swing slow is to give you a confident and assertive swing. While this doesn't mean to swing your face off, it surely means to trust your natural athletic capability and drive the shots to maximum.
Myth #7 There should be no wrists in the swing
Wrong. Your wrists have a role to play. They should be left freely so they swing properly in a releasing motion. Your wrists give birth to explosive power while swinging. And master golfer Sam Snead prefers the wrists to be 'oily'.
Myth #8: You should hit the ball with the upper body
Your legs have a role to play in the golf game. They provide you with support and resistance for the upper body and torso's winding and unwinding. Nevertheless, the prime key to power in the golf game is the swing, in other words, your rotation and weight shift.