April 20th, 2012

Beginner Golfers – and MGS

Beginner Golfers - and MGS

A recent purchaser of the ebook DIY (do-it-yourself) GOLF from my website, emailed to say that, “As to the attractiveness of the book for beginners, my own gut feeling is that most beginners will prefer to be taught the most orthodox golf swing possible because, as with most people in most things, they will not want to be seen to be "different". In the case of golf, I feel that it is more likely that the experienced but frustrated golfer is the type who will be willing to abandon orthodox teachings in the hope of eventually playing the kind of golf he/she feels capable of playing. (What every player, whatever his/her handicap, wants is more consistency; and that, I feel, is what the MGS would seem to offer above all else.)” The above is the quote in its entirety. So, beginner golfers, please go ahead and be orthodox. Learn a swing that’ll twist your body like a corkscrew but expect your arms to go more ‘up’ than ‘around’, but not too steep, mind you, and neither too shallow/flat. Also, please make sure your wrists bend till you redefine ‘limp wristedness’. At the same time your club shaft, then your right elbow and finally your left forearm must all stay on the shaft plane, at different times going back. That’s just the backswing, and I hope you know I made it simple for you by not even mentioning swing fundamentals aka grip-aim-alignment-posture-ballposition-stance, quite a scandalous omission on my part. Do read on, we’ve only got to the top of the backswing. The downswing must transition correctly, the legs should separate but the body should not bump sideways towards target (or TPI and all great golf gurus will consider it a ‘slide’, a major fault because you have physical limitations). You should have an x-factor stretch during the downswing so that your proximal parts (believe it or not your legs) move before your distal parts (shoulders followed by arms and hands). I do hope you had the x-factor during your backswing, I forgot to mention it in my hurry to go through the list of things you should be doing. Also, failed to state that you should have been holding onto your wrist angle for dear life, during the downswing (no casting or over-the-top swings please, or once again it’ll be known that you have physical limitations just like 48% of all golfers), so that you can ‘release’ through impact. (Sorry, I cannot tell you whether wrist-release means straightening out the bend in your trail wrist or rolling the trail forearm over the lead one, have never seen it defined in so many words during my 37 years of golf!). And, hey, don't forget to hit the golf ball! If all of the above seems too complex, simply be ahead of the game, look at the last entry in the section on this blog titled ‘the minimalist golf swing - what it is’ and learn a swing which is so simple it’s unbelievable. This section gives it in a very step-by-step manner, ideal for the beginner. (The existing golfer does not even need that much). It is also repeatable because all un-necessary movements have been pared off; it is not subjective but is based on research and science; and it comes from someone who has been trying to bridge the gap that currently exists between professor-researcher-poor-golfer and golf-pro-no-bio-and-no-mechanics-background! All the minimalist golf swing videos elsewhere on this blog, show that different skill levels of golfers ‘get it’ - instantly! If you use it, do post a nice testimonial! Finally, until the 14th Century people thought the earth was flat - I rest my case!

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