You know, a good golf swing looks easy, there is nothing to it right? You just take it back and hit it. Well, we know it is not exactly like that. It takes a lot of time and effort, even for the world’s greatest players, to have good golf swings. They have been at it for a long time by the time we see them on Tour. They have been playing their whole lives from junior golf on. Now how do you get a good golf swing? As an instructor, I think one of the most important points that I can make is that there is a process, and understanding that process is so helpful to incorporating good instruction so that you can actually make a change. What is that process? First of all, we need to understand the information, whether it be a tip or a lesson, what does it mean? Sounds simple enough, but can I take a test and write it down on a piece of paper? Most of the time it is pretty easy to get through this stage. The second part of it is can I picture how that motion will effect my swing, can I picture it in my head? The third part would be the actual movement, the motor skill of a golf swing relies on motion. Can I make that movement happen or not? So taking practice swings without hitting a ball is actually a very important step in incorporating a tip or lesson into the swing—even before I hit to see how the ball does. We all want to have improved ballflight, but to have the correct motion, that is what makes the improvement. It takes a lot of practice swings, even without the ball, to understand the feeling. So understand the information, picture it and try to make the motion. I do not know a good player that does not take a lot of practice swings at home, standing in front of a mirror, trying to sense the feeling. Am I doing what I am think I am doing? Over time, that will help you take that information and put it into a motion. Over a period of improved movements, your golf swing has the proper motion. Practice swings when you are hitting are so important. If I stand out there for an hour and just hit a whole lot of balls but I haven't incorporated the feel of the motion, I haven't spent good time. So use your time wisely, have a better swing by going through the process of learning golf.