Tension-Free Swing

Tension-Free Swing

Here we are at the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, arguably one of the finest par-fives in the world. We have the ocean to the left, we have bunkers and out of bounds to the right, boy it is really tightening you up. How am I going to make this ball fit into that target area? Well, the more relaxed, the more tension-free I can swing my golf club, the better my chances of doing that. Most people really like their rehearsal swings and they wish they could have their rehearsal swings as their real swings. Here is a way you can do that. Put it on a scale of one to five. Five being the freest, one being the tightest, and you are going to gauge how free you are in your swing. Now that was kind of tight, it was about a three, I am going to see if I can make my swing freer from tension. That was about a four. OK, that was a five. My only goal here when I actually hit the golf ball is to try to match those two swings together. I am going to try to make a five from a tension-free standpoint. Boy, that was really free. The ball went right down the middle. I think by working towards being tension free, not being so uptight about the outcome or results of the shot, you have a greater opportunity to have magic happen on the golf course.

Category: Psychology
Sub-Category: Pre-Shot Routine
About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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