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Golf swing made simple

By Mark Wehrman EBS Contributor

As many of you know, golf is a very difficult game. I’ve been an athlete my entire life and I can assure you that no other sport requires as much concentration, practice, patience, and humility that golf does.

The golf swing is driven by mechanics and is very similar to an engine in that way. In order for you to develop an efficient swing all your mechanics must be sound and working together at the same time. An efficient swing is one that can repeat itself, especially under pressure.

The rotation of your torso, swinging of the hands and arms, and transferring of your weight must all happen at the same time so the “engine” doesn’t “miss” and works in the most efficient manner.

This is all easier said than done so the next time you go to play or practice, I want you to simplify your swing process by doing the following:

  1. When addressing the ball, stick your butt out and don’t bend from the knees.
  2. During the back swing simply turn your back to the target while reaching for the sky.
  3. From the top of your backswing unwind your body towards the target, swinging through impact until you finish in a balanced position with your chest facing the target, club up by your head, and back heel off the ground.

By doing these three simple things you can simplify the golf swing to a point where your swing will be able to repeat itself more often, giving you efficiency in your game.

Mark Wehrman is the PGA Head Professional at the Big Sky Resort Golf Course.

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