Golf backswing tips

Swing tips: Your Backswing Is A Clock

For many golfers, one of the most difficult things to do is to visualize
different aspects of your swing. One “technique” however, used for years to
teach golfers distances is a clock.

Golfers, imagine that your backswing is a clock, starting at 6 and going to 12.

Example:  Use your Pitching Wedge.  Start by hitting at noon. Then slowly work
your way down to 8 o’clock.   Keep track of the distance the ball travels.  You
now know what “time” to swing when you are 60 yards out, and have a protected
green!

It seems that by picturing the dial of a clock and associating distances with
various times, golfers tend to learn how to control their distances quicker.

How Hard Should I Swing?

Better players know that solid ball striking and low scores result when every
swing is made with the same amount of effort. A good standard is 85 to 90
percent of maximum speed. However, suppose you need to add an extra 10 yards to
your shot to carry a hazard? Do you swing harder at 100 percent? Absolutely not.

Swinging harder can easily throw off your rhythm and leave you in worse shape.
You’re better off thinking about ‘swinging longer’ when you need a few extra
yards. Make your usual backswing, but for that extra boost, focus on making your
upper body turn just a bit fuller. Then, stay relaxed on the downswing and let
your body unwind and swing the club as you normally would. The longer swing will
produce more centrifugal force with the same 85 to 90 percent effort you’ve
grooved. In most cases, this will be enough to give you the extra distance you
require.

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