Easy Golf Swing: The Secret To Straight, Effortless Golf Shots
It’s almost a hilarious joke! How could the golf swing be simple and easy? With a little knowledge, the easy golf swing is the “aha!” moment you’ve been looking for.
It’s the first tee, you’re all warmed up from hitting buckets of balls dead straight on the driving range.
What happened? Did I not practice enough? Did I swing too hard? Too soft?
When an amateur golfer his a less than average shot, these are the thoughts crowd the mind.
When it comes to learning how to develop an easy golf swing, it’s just like working out and eating healthy, the more you practice an easy golf swing, the more habitual it becomes, and the less you have to worry about hitting a bad shot. So you know that developing that easy golf swing is going to take instinct and habit, but where do we start?
First, lets lay down some ground rules. There are two ways of learning and teaching the easy golf swing,
- Old Method: Taught using the naked eye – one size fits all approach
- New Methods: using high-speed cameras – side-by-side analysis
Back in the day, before high-speed cameras, the way to change and adjust the golf swing was limited. Golf coaches had to watch the golf swing, assume adjustments, and use trial and error. In today’s world, one could just pull out their pocket-sized smartphone and have someone record their swing, the BAM. Endless data you otherwise wouldn’t have seen using old methods.
We’ve all been on the driving range, hitting balls, then someone watching your swing comments:
“Hey, try tucking your elbow” “Keep your left arm completely straight” “Bend over more”
While they may seem like helpful comments, the old school method of teaching the golf swing enormously lacks perspective. While you shouldn’t be rudely dismissing these comments, you might just be better off ignoring it. So who should you listen to?
The Numbers Don’t Lie
In fact, in order to hit a golf ball in the right direction: Only two factors need to line up to hit a golf ball to the desired target (or relatively straight)
1. Clubhead Angle of Attack
2. Clubhead Path
When it comes to predicting the flight of the golf ball, the most important evidence of golf ball flight is the attack angle of the clubhead, and the swing path. The clubhead path will dictate where the golf ball will start, in to out paths will start the golf ball to the right, while an out to in path will start the ball to the left.
An open clubface at impact will create side-spin on a golf ball causing a slice, while a closed clubface will create top-spin or a hook to the left. (For right-handed golfers)
The higher the degree of difference between clubhead angle of attack and club path, the more the golf ball will spin, hence bigger slices and bigger hooks.
- A 5° open clubface at impact with a slightly outside-in swing will produce a small slice (small enough that professionals call this a “fade!”)
- A 20° open clubface at impact with a massively outside-in swing will produce a huge slice (you might be on the next fairway!)
The Secret to the Easy Golf Swing
The most important takeaway: (no pun intended)
Practicing a golf swing that allows the golfer to have a relatively square clubhead angle of attack, as well as a relatively solid, slightly inside-out club path, creating a beautiful golf shot. See how to get a beautiful club path here
While it may seem easy to produce this, in reality, there are countless factors that produce a good golf shot, even tour players hit a bad one sometimes. Oftentimes, these two factors are the biggest issue seen in terrible amateur golf shots.
There is a serious issue within the golf world and society. Everybody thinks they’re a professional and can swing the club as hard as they can and still produce great results. By a stroke of luck, sometimes it works. Oftentimes it doesn’t. The good news about producing the right angle of attack and path as discussed earlier is that it does NOT require a forced, hard golf swing! A well-tempered effortless golf swing is not only going to be easy on the body, but it produces the best results since it can be CONTROLLED.
So how can I develop the easy golf swing?
Too many golfers believe that power equals perfection. This could not be farther from the truth. On your next range visit, try to hit 10 balls consistently with a golf swing that is at 50% of your maximum swing power. After that, try to do the same thing with 90% swing power. What do you notice? Not only is it easier to control, its easier for your body to adapt to a consistent rhythm as opposed to jerky, quick movements. Think of a percentage of your overall power in your golf swing, and lower than the personal percentage by 15%. Practice an easy golf swing, with good tempo and rhythm. This is the secret of the easy golf swing!
Paul Wilson Describes The “Easy Golf Swing”
I challenge you this: the next time you are at the driving range, take out your smartphone, or another recording device, and record your golf swing in slow motion. Once from behind to check your club path, and once face-on to see your angle of attack. If you have an iPhone or Android, there are fantastic slow-motion video features. Notice the path of your golf swing. Are you swinging too much from the outside in? Is your clubhead open at impact? It’s time to use the new-school way of analyzing one’s own golf swing to unlock their full potential.