Golf Tip: The Importance of Releasing Tension

By Jim McLean

Golfing Like Sam Snead

I had the great opportunity to spend a lot of time with Sam Snead. I played with him and did a DVD project with him at his home in West Virginia. I learned some great things from him. The number one thing that Sam thought was important in golf was an absence of tension. He talked about this all the time. He wanted you to hold the club up off the ground, to be very relaxed with your hands and arms.

Target Awareness

I will tell you that this was the most important thing you can do as a golfer, and that is target awareness, where you are moving your feet and looking out at your target. He wanted you to stay in motion. As Snead walked in he had a little bit of movement, motion and great target awareness. That means that you are looking out to where you want to hit the golf ball, not down at the golf ball. Out at the target, that is where we are focusing our attention. Also as you do this keep in motion, keep loose and that is going to help you with the tempo of your golf swing.


Category: General
Sub Categories: Arms, Hands, Swing Mechanics

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL