Myth Busted!

Popular golf myths debunked

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THE FAULT: Many players are told to keep their head still during their swing, which ends up leading to a poor backswing position. It's true that the head shouldn't move up and down a lot, but it must move a bit side to side, especially in the backswing. Most players who try to keep their head exactly still end up swaying their hips and getting their club in a position that makes it very difficult to strike the ball solid. The result? Usually a slice.

THE FIX: Try the natural backswing drill. Assume your setup position and fold your arms across your chest. Then simply turn your head back over your right shoulder until you can see an object that's directly behind you. Do this five times. On the fifth time, without changing your body position, simply turn your head back to see the ball. This is your natural backswing turn. Note that your head has to move a bit sideways to get you into a great position. Once you understand this, getting your arms and club in position is much easier and more comfortable.


THE FAULT: Many people believe that there's only one way to grip a golf club, and that the process of gripping the club is unnatural. While it's definitely true that your golf grip will influence your long-term success, there are several styles that are effective in gripping the club—the overlap, the interlock and the 10-finger.

THE FIX: Try this natural grip exercise. Simply get yourself into an athletic position and allow your arms to hang in front of you with zero tension. Notice how your palms face inward. Your golf grip is based off this position. From there, move your hands closer to one another so they hold the club naturally. In the black-and-white picture above, I'm demonstrating what most people do when gripping the club. They're trying to force the proper grip, when they should just let it work naturally. The natural position works with any grip style, be it interlocking, overlapping or baseball.


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