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With different clubs, use the same swing


Many beginners at golf, and not instructed otherwise, think they must learn a different swing with every club in the bag.

But not so!


If that were true, an already immensely difficult game would be become virtually impossible.

Thankfully, this is the exact opposite of the truth and here’s why:

• First, as the length of the shaft of the club shortens, let’s say a pitching wedge, a player will stand progressively closer to the ball.

• Second, the scale of the swing – the amount of body motion and the arc of the club head – decreases as shorter shafts and increased clubface loss progressively change the emphasis from power to precision.

• Third, as a player progressively narrows his stance — by moving the right foot closer to the left — he will find this position accommodates a decreasing body motion and increases his need for club control.

Then, the secret to good shot-making is not 14 different swings, but one fundamentally sound swing and yes, this can be obtained through instruction, knowledge and practice.



Keith McElroy, a monthly golf tips columnist for the

farragutpress, is a PGA Professional at the Concord Park Junior Course (659-9103).

 

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