Golf tips for using the mirror as a golf training aid for swing improvement
It is time to get ready for the 2011 golf season and if you live in cold areas of the world, well, that is no excuse.
The time to start is now, so, get off the couch and get a head start on a better swing and game. You only need a 5, 6 or 7 iron, a full length mirror and a little patience. Actually, this infatuation I have with the mirror all started in 1983 when I set about rebuilding my own golf swing after being away from the golf profession for over 7 years. As I left the driving range I was helping build one day, (shortly after re entering the golf business), the teaching mirror being delivered. Something clicked for me.
I went straight home, took a 7 iron, went into our walk in closet, set the club in the hitting position, and BINGO! When I looked at my reflection in the mirror, I realised those 7 years had caused me to lose my sense of feel for the correct set up position. I was able to see what had changed with my grip, stance, head position, spine, weight distribution…EVERYTHING!
A frank discussion about a sensitive women's issue and how it impacts the golf swing
For over thirty years, I have dedicated my life to helping golfers of all skill levels gain a better understanding of golf in general and their golf swing in particular. To that end, the topic covered in this article, while sensitive, is one that I have discussed with countless ladies over the years. I have yet to have a single woman express being offended by the information I have covered with them.· I only hope you will read this piece with an open mind and consider its relevance to your golf swing and game.
My goal as a golf teaching professional has always been to help my clients better understand and improve their golf swing. To do this effectively, I have always felt it my responsibility to sometimes touch upon some delicate topics. In particular, a common discussion point I bring up with some of my female students relates to their chest, and how it might actually be getting in the way of their golf swing. While most of my peers agree the topic is germane, most simply will not talk about it with women students. Further, some female students simply are not comfortable discussing this issue unless with an LPGA or woman teaching professional.
Millions of golf instructional DVDs are sold every year, especially during the Holiday Season
Millions of golfers purchase golf instructional DVDs looking for that Holy Grail of the golf swing in their search of improvement and perfection.
I urge caution when it comes to attempting to learn the golf swing from a golf DVD. However, if this is your preferred method of instruction, I would like to suggest you consider something, and that is…when it comes to learning about motion, it is very difficult to learn on visual, static and auditory levels at the same time. This is exactly what golf instructional DVDs do, which ultimately serves to confuse and minimize their message.
Mixed, varied and often times inconsistent messages sum up why golf DVDs, while a good way to provide an overview of a particular swing method or theory, fall short on delivery of a quality message and often content when it comes to any type of effective instruction. While there is no substitute for hands on professional golf instruction, still, people seem to flock to golf DVDs for advice and wisdom when it comes to the golf swing. These ‘lessons on a disc’, generally wind up in a pile with similar golf DVDs collecting dust in a corner of your office or under the entertainment center in your den.
How many times have you heard something like, " Tom Smith, teaching pro, has been working with Ernie for the past year. Looks like that new swing is paying off for Ernie"
There it is. The golf swing method 'teaser' is out there. You heard it. You saw it work. Then you see an article in your favorite golf magazine and now they're talking about this new golf swing method on the GOLF CHANNEL. You decide this is going to be the year! You don't need a new club just that new swing method and you'll be all set. Really?
Let's be honest here. You've been working on correcting those golf swing issues for years.
Now it's the middle of the winter and you're starting to think about that trip with the guys to Myrtle Beach in a couple months. You have decided THIS is the year to FINALLY take care of those nagging problems once and for all.
You seek out a teaching pro, in your area, who teaches this new method and begin work in earnest. After all, if it works for the TOUR player is will really help you!
I was so pleased to see Paula Creamer win the 2010 U.S. Women's Open a few weeks ago
I know how much work she had to put in to get past the pain of surgery and rehab.
Early in 1984, 8 years after my back injury, I set about rebuilding my golf swing. What I learned during that period was so valuable I pass it along to any client who comes to me after suffering any type of injury. Namely, long after you are healed from an injury, your brain must be convinced there is no pain.
What is rarely addressed is the mental impact an injury long after it has healed, no matter how minor.
If you find yourself struggling with this problem, not only can you overcome it, you stand to improve your golf swing and hence your game of golf.
My suggestions, mundane as they may seem, are both real and realistic. I recommend you give them some consideration if a struggling with the aftermath of an injury, no matter how slight.