Marie Bliss February 22, 2017

1. GRIP.

Avoid the urge to squeeze down on the club. Maintain a light, even grip pressure. If your hands are relaxed, you’re bound to generate more speed, or whip, and you’re less likely to botch the release.

2. STANCE.

Open your stance while keeping your shoulders square to the target line. Think of your upper and lower body as two parts in mutual tension. Opening your stance allows more tension to come into play at the beginning of the swing. This gives you maximum torque because your upper body gains leverage against your lower body–which makes you less likely to cut across the ball.

3. BALANCE.

Don’t let your swing throw you off your feet. Distribute your weight evenly. Maintain an even tempo that culminates in contact with the ball. This will help you meet the ball squarely, in the center of the dub, using the technology to your advantage. Your swing should be fast, to be sure, but murdering the ball is just a figure of speech. In the words of Art Sellinger, “It’s science, not violence!”

How to Keep Your Head in the Game When Your Game’s in Hibernation

The ice is still hanging from the gutters, and you’ve carpet-banged your christmas balatas around the office until the urge to swing is too much to bear.

Here’s what to do instead:

1. By working three muscle groups, you can increase flex within weeks. Work your head and neck by touching your chin to each shoulder in sets of twenty. You can do it furtively at your desk several times a day. Chin tucks and shoulder rolls will contribute to the sense that your body moves fluidly around your spine, as it does in a good golf swing.

2. Then concentrate on the upper back. Placing a club across your shoulders, perform three to five sets of torso twists, pressing to extend the shoulders a little farther each day, without moving your lower body.

3. Finally, work your hips and thighs. With your back flat against a wall, lower yourself toward seconds–the longer the better. This will maintain your leg strength and solidify your posture.

The idea is to torque a loose, flexible upper half against a strong, stable lower half. The flexible golfer “gets back” farther, creating a longer swing, and his stable hips pull him back to square helping him whip through with greater club speed. Ideally, your self shoulders should be able to pivot about 90 degrees. One pro estimates that the exceptionally limber Pavlet’s shoulders turn at 120 degrees while his hips stay within 10 degrees. The normal golfer maxes out somewhere around 80 degrees. The normal golfer maxes out somewhere around 80 degrees in the shoulder, turning his hips a full 20 or more degrees. Do your geometry and consider that Pavlet knocked a ball 435 yards in this year’s preliminaries.

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