How to Practice Proper Swing Technique at Home

By Jack Lumpkin

Now remember our items to control: the ball; the club; the body; and the mind. Well how does the mind work? I am sure that many of you have gotten what you thought was a perfectly good golf lesson, you thought you hit it pretty well when the pro was there.

Breaking Bad Habits in Your Golf Game

Then you went out to practice and tried what you learned and the same old stuff started happening over and over again. This happens because it is a habit and you must break that habit by implanting the correct information in your brain. Now the brain understands what you show it, and you need to show it slowly like you might do with a child. The best way is to make the motion almost in slow motion, even without a club.

Improve Your Chipping

For example, if I were chipping I could stand beside the ball and assume the proper grip without a club, then just make the chipping motion in slow motion. The slower the better but perfectly correct. Now if I can do that I can then try it with a club, still doing it in slow motion. Once I start to get the feel for the correct motion, checking each time that I am doing it correctly, then I can add a little speed.

Correct Repititions

If the divot is starting in the right place and I am going to the proper finish each time then I can try it with a golf ball. The more correct repetitions you give to your brain the easier it is to recall it. Do this day after day for several weeks and you will be able to recall the correct way to hit a bunker shot, a chip shot or a full shot, as the case may be. It is very important to give the brain a clear, concise, correct picture. Get this into your habit system if you want to play good golf.


Category: Psychology
Sub Categories: Practice, Swing Mechanics

About the Instructor

Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119