Posted 04 March 2019 - 03:06 PM
Here is something that I have discovered recently that has made a dramatic improvement to my ball striking. It’s to do with my setup at address. While I have spent a lot of time improving my swing mechanics, I have not been able to get any consistency with my ball striking. My setup at address was a relaxed, mid position club, with my main focus being on the takeaway and back swing. Focus was then on balance, swing plane flat left wrist and maintaining lag pressure. You would think that if you obey all the rules of swing mechanics, all the mandatories and essentials, you should be able to have some consistency. If only!!
But then I made a small change to my setup at address. It simply started with the idea of visualizing the position of the legs, hips, upper body, arms and hands, as the club approaches impact. What muscles and body movement is required to be active at that point. What happens during that visualization, is that the brain actively connects to those muscles and you can feel that connection. Usually by a slight tightening of those muscles. You don’t have to emulate the exact impact position, just visualize it. You may have to adjust your address position and posture a little to get this right but with trial and error, you will feel the connections when you do get it right.
Now that I am having some success with this, I got to wondering why this presetting of the brain connection with the muscles, works. My thoughts are that for golfers like me, with terrible reaction time and no athletic ability, it is too late to try and get the necessary brain and muscle connection, once the swing has started. The swing is all over before proper connections are made. It’s a bit like talking on the phone, before you have dialed the number.