Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Trust Your Swing

‘Tis the season to hit the links and my Wednesday Women’s Golf Group is back in session. We meet and learn and play (and laugh) at Colwood Golf Club. Our instructor is Roger Williams who has a long history with the game and is an excellent (and patient) teacher.

Today’s Lesson: Address the Ball: Nine things to do EVERY time!

1) Determine your target. You can’t get there unless you know where you are going.
2) Draw a mental line. Look beyond the target and find two stationery points to line up with the target and continue that line to your ball.
3) Club face square (90º, perpindicular, upright). Hold the club at eye level to determine this. Your eye tricks you with the grooves if you look at the club on the ground.
4) Angle. Your two arms and the club should make a Y.
5) Get a grip. With your left hand, shake hands with the club. Rest the heel on the handle first, then curl the fingers around so you can see two knuckles, then put the thumb straight on the handle to provide leverage when the club is over your head. Turn your right hand palm down. Place the lifeline over the left thumb. Curl the fingers so the right pinkie is over the left index. Pinch the thumb and index around the club.
6) Ball position. Place the ball on the target line (see #2).
7) Stance. Start with the ball lined up to your heels when they are together. Move left foot a little to the side, move the right foot twice that distance. Your stance should be square with the target line. The ball slightly to the left of middle of your heels. To test how far is the right distance from the ball, put your right hand under your armpit when holding the club with your left. If it fits snugly, you are the right distance. Too tight means you’re too close, too loose means too far away.
8) Posture. Flex knees slightly and stick your butt out. Back (spine) straight.
9) Place the club. The cutting edge of the club should be under the ball. The club face should be square, not tilted.

Push your golf cart. Pulling it puts stress on the upper body and shoulders. Pushing uses the leg muscles and you are not already tired when you get to the tee.



Blogger Eugenia Jo said...

Dang! OK, I get that it IS a yoga "thing"...purposeful entire body alignment and incorporating the "outside" world.
Thanks for the great explanation!

Hmmm...could we do this virtually and not have to harm the environment with chemicals creating "perfect" greens???

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