Golf Tips - Let the Ball Get in The Way of Your Swing

By Tom Ward

Swing into a better golf game, but don't try to put your swing on the ball. Instead, let the ball get in the way of your swing as you swing away from the target and then swing towards the target.

In other words, you let the ball get hit because it was sitting there. It got in the path of your swing. This is a good example as to why people's practice swings are better than their real swings. Without a ball, they swing projecting through the ball and when the ball is there, they swing at the ball.

One of the keys to helping you correct this problem is to understand not only how the proper body actions work, but just as important, to learning how to separate the optic eye versus the mind's eye.

The optic eye sees where the ball is sitting. The mind's eye sees the ball traveling to the target. Remember, the ball is not your target, so don't let the optic eye con you into hitting it. Let the mind's eye swing to your target, which is the fairway or the green.

I stress the word target for the reason that there has been a tendency in instruction to place too much emphasis upon looking to the ball. Frankly, you should look at the ball (balance), but there is a great difference in looking at it and concentrating on it.

Project to your target, not the ball. I will give you a perfect example of this as I have taught numerous golfers who have lost their vision. They obviously can't see the ball, so we have developed a program that has created exciting results. These results prove beyond a doubt that once you position yourself over the ball with the proper stance, you have in fact measured yourself to the ball. Your head (eyes) stay centered only for balance.

When your mind is focusing in on where the ball sits, it can limit your ability to make the proper swing. When your projection is positive, as it is when your mind's eye is on the target, this will encourage you to make the proper body motions that you have been previously practicing with your teacher or on your own.

Remember, the target is not where the ball sits, but where you want it to go. There is a direct link between the strength of your projection and the strength of the physical swing. I believe "target" is an important work in the game of golf and no doubt the most neglected. *






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