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The Forgotten Key To Great Golf by Fraser Neilson

 

The Forgotten Key To Great Golf
by Fraser Neilson

Golf experts do agree on something.  Itís not possible to play a good stroke if your balance isnít maintained throughout the swing.  Keeping your balance sounds pretty simple.  But itís nigh impossible when you have a death grip on the club, your arms and shoulders are stiff and youíre trying to hit the ball with every ounce of strength can muster.

Beginners are often warned to not try to hit the ball so hard.  A little energy well directed and smoothly applied will drive the ball father than a monstrous effort that ends up not connecting the ball at the center of the club.  If youíre balanced, you have more freedom when hitting the ball. 

You want to keep your head in one spot, your eyes on the ball clearly.  Actually the steadier you keep your head in one spot, the better you see the ball.  This is all part of creating your foundation of balance.  Anything that tips you off balance makes it impossible to see the ball clearly.  You must keep your head still and not move it from the spot in which you start.

You canít have your body rigid and your muscles tensed if youíre wanting to maintain your balance. Unless you relax your muscles, your head is going to move.

Practice in front of a mirror and you will see that your muscles really do need to be relaxed in order for you to keep your head still during a swing.  No two people have the same frame or physique.  So you have to work out some things for yourself.  But always start with the foundation of keeping your head in one position. If your head is still, you can see the ball clearly and you will turn your hands at the right instant.

Just by keeping your head perfectly still youíll correct a lot of faults.  You canít grip your club incorrectly without at some point disturbing your balance and moving your head.

And you canít keep your balance unless you follow through correctly. 

If your mind is concentrated on keeping your balance and keeping your head still, you wonít overswing or jerk your club away.  You wonít put forth too much effort forth at any one point.  You wonít be stiff and youíll have a smooth, even rhythm to your swing and a nice finish.

Balance really is the cure-all for many faults of golf. It takes time before you see improvement, so be patient.  Think about keeping your head still and maintaining your balance at all times and you will have a foundation for an excellent golf game.

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Fraser Neilson is webmaster at www.agolfweb.com and a true golf fanatic.  You can find some great golf resources, special offers and ideas to help improve your game over at www.agolfweb.com/resources.html.
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