STUART, Florida - From the ground up, a proper golf swing has many requirements, many moving parts. Foot position and foot movement top the list, so to speak, until we reach the hands which will usually finish at head height or higher. Thinking about going the golf lessons route? The balance, timing and mechanics required to perform a proper golf swing is every bit as crucial to an accomplished golfer as it is to the gymnast on a beam. Your reward for maintaining this synchronization is a long, accurate golf shot. But failing to coordinate just one necessary movement (or lack thereof) can cause complete disarray. Just one example is coming "over the top" or employing an outside-in swing path, which results in a severe lack of yardage. The effort is there but distance can't be created by force alone.
Rather than elaborate on the various components of a proper golf swing, I would rather explain - in layman's terms - some simple truths that apply not only to mechanics in general but to the pursuit of hitting laser-straight 300 yard drives as well - more moving parts lead to a higher likelihood of failure.
Have you, as a golfer, ever endured a prolonged slump? PGA professionals such as David Duval go through horrific transformations. The journey from championships to missed cuts has been traveled by many unfortunate souls. Eventually most of them make it back but not without more hard work than the average person can endure. If you are wondering how something as unlikely as a pro golfer unraveling can happen, here's why. The proper golf swing has many moving parts. Each of these, in turn, has a specific requirement like balance, force and timing. The amount of moving parts is a factor in mechanical efficiency. The greater the number of moving parts, the greater the amount of energy lost.
If you purchase the OVER THE TOP GOLF instructional DVD or should happen to see someone using the OTG swing, your first thought will be that there are more, not less, moving parts involved. In reality, this golf swing uses less force, requires less balance and timing, and has far less moving parts than the proper golf swing does. The fewer the number of moving parts, the greater the efficiency.
Have an incredible work ethic, sound mechanics and above-average physical skills or are you basically an easygoing, barely coordinated loafer like me? For me and my over the top golf swing, in order to create distance and maintain accuracy, the less moving parts the better. Things like force and timing are less critical. There's nothing wrong with going the conventional golf lessons route. If you are in balance and can hack the hard work and attention to detail, by all means try a proper golf swing. But if you lack any of what I've talked about in this article, why do it?
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