==== ====Improve Your Golf Swing - Golf Swing Secretshttp://www.51-local-smart-secrets.com/==== ====Imagine every one of your shots in the middle of the fairway, every chip two feet from the hole,and every putt nailing the center of the cup. Well, maybe some of us dream of never having toever putt and each approach shot goes into the hole, but I think you get the picture. A consistentswing is probably what many golfers dream of when our heads hit the pillow.The majority of us are aware that golf is a game that requires consistent shot making to besuccessful (and have fun). If we are hooking, slicing, and hitting our wedges fat, it can really startto get frustrating. Consistency is key to hitting a low score and enjoying the game. So how do weget there?First, let us do a little review of the golf swing. To hit the ball squarely on the center of the clubhead you must take the club through the proper swing path. A proper swing path will allow the clubto align itself correctly with the ball to hit the shot you are trying to hit. For more advanced playersthis could be in the form of a draw, fade, cut, or some other variation. Higher handicappers will behappy with just plain old straight shots. Anyway, this process begins with your address, movesthrough your take away, into the back swing, onto the transition between back swing and downswing, into contact, and finishes with the follow through.Quite a complex sequence of events for the body to perform! And we all know that if our timing isslightly off, or we are just a little off mechanically, disaster is the result.Knowing that a consistent swing requires the execution of these complex moves over and overagain is quite mind-blowing. But lets get back to our question: how do we develop a consistentgolf swing? The answer is two-fold, and I imagine most golfers are aware of the first point butprobably only a few are aware of the second. The keys to a consistent swing are: 1) efficient golfswing mechanics and 2) the body. Got it? Good, now I can stop writing this article and all of us canbecome scratch golfers, right? Well, not exactly, and I imagine some of you are saying, "I alreadyknow all this stuff." Others may be quite intrigued. Regardless of which category you fall into, letme expand on each of these topics a little.Golf Swing MechanicsGolf Swing mechanics is probably the easier of the two areas to understand. It is the reason whywe take golf lessons and practice so much at the range. Beginning at address, moving through allthe stages of the golf swing, and finishing with the follow through, the body is required to movethrough a specific sequence of movements to perform the golf swing correctly. If the body doesnot move through this sequence properly then the result will be a poor, inefficient and awkwardlooking swing. Over time, a poor swing results in poor consistency (every once in awhile you hit agood shot regardless of your swing, thats what keeps us coming back for more). An easy
example of this is when you "come over the top" with the club. This usually results in a slice (Iknow, easy thing to do and very hard to correct).In addition to the body performing an intricate number of biomechanical movements in the golfswing, timing of these movements is critical for you to hit the ball successfully. Each and everybiomechanical movement within the golf swing has a certain sequence and timing. If they are notperformed in the correct order or timing, then the golf swing will not be efficient. Poor timing resultsin those wonderful slices, snap hooks, chili dips and topping the ball that we know all too well.Now, how do we improve on the mechanics of the golf swing? I would have to say it is through twothings:1) Proper instruction (Find a good teacher and stick with that teacher. Most of the pros do, why notyou?) and2) Practice, practice, practice. As they say "practice makes perfect", and I believe this is true whenit comes to the golf swing.Fix the Engine that Swings the ClubNow, on to the second point when it comes to consistency in golf. Again, this is probably the lesserknown of the two points about consistency in the swing. It is also equally as important as themechanics of your swing. One question might help you realize the importance of "the body" whenit comes to the golf swing. What swings the golf club?Some of the answers I have heard are: "my hands," "the swing," "my hips" and even "the grip."Well, these answers are in the ballpark and are close to being right, but let me simplify it for you.The answer is your body. Quite simple when you think about it: The club head is attached to theshaft, your hands grip the shaft, your arms are attached to your shoulders, your hips rotatethrough the swing, and on and on we go. It is the body that swings the club. So why is this soimportant to consistency in your golf game?We know from our golf lessons, that there are certain positions the body is required to be in duringthe golf swing. For example, at address we know that the feet are slightly wider than shoulderwidth, knees slightly bent, back at a certain angle, head in a specific position, and our handsgripping the club a certain way. This is only the beginning of what the body has to do to swing theclub correctly. Now, from the address position your body must move the club on the correct pathand generate club head speed to hit the ball accurately and with power. Doing this over and overis what we define as consistency.What most people do not understand is that for the body to perform the golf swing correctly,certain parameters need to be met by the body. The body must have certain levels of flexibility,strength, endurance, balance, stability, and power. If your body does not have the minimal levelsof these factors in relation to the golf swing, then what do you think will happen? Well, let me tellyou, it will be very difficult for the body to swing the club with the correct mechanics. And what willthis result in over time? A large amount of time spent on the range with little improvement on thecourse and a swing that looks less than desirable.
So what does consistency in my golf swing really come down to?It is vital to understand that improvements in your golf swing mechanics and improvements in yourbody specific to golf are equally important when it comes to creating a consistent golf swing. If youignore either the body or the mechanics, it would be safe to say that your golf swing and game willsuffer. Take some time on a routine basis to address both the mechanics of your swing and thebody supporting it. I think you will find the benefits to be very rewarding.Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travelsthe PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. To lesrn more about SeanCochran and his golf fitness programs go to http://www.seancochran.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sean_Cochran==== ====Improve Your Golf Swing - Golf Swing Secretshttp://www.51-local-smart-secrets.com/==== ====