When playing golf, people have to realize that the body is a machine that needs to be tweaked and oiled all the time. This combination of bone and muscle has to be honed to generate the right skill and power for something like golf. This is why some golfers can hit farther and more accurately than others.
Crucial here is realizing the body is your main source of power. Use it. The club is nothing more than a focus point for that power and no matter how good it is, it cannot compensate for power which doesn’t come from the source. Even more, you can’t even rely on just your arms to push that club forward and slice the air. Your body has to be in your swing so that the ball flies into the air more consistently.
You have to release tension in your body. This is oil between machine parts. If there is too much tension, there is more metal to metal tension or, in the body’s case, bone to bone. You’re then more prone to injury and damage. One golfer even suggests to always play a shot with a smile. The smile loosens you up and less tension in your body increases the fluidity in motion. This translates to ball movement and distance. These are the first few steps to taking your golf to the next stage.
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At the risk of sounding like “that guy,” I’m going to go right ahead and say it. Golf is much, much more exciting than it looks.
Make no mistake, golf isn’t your average fast-paced sport where the excitement brews from the furor and frenzy of players trying desperately in vain to catch or wrest an object in fast flight. But just because people aren’t yelling and screaming doesn’t mean they aren’t at the edge of their seats. For those in the know, the presumed calmness of golf games is a deceptive serenity, and it all has to do with just how difficult golf can actually be.
The excitement from golf is derived from the tension that mounts as the pressures are factored in. Although the concept of the sport is simple (get the ball across rugged terrain using as few strokes as possible, never more than par), accomplishing this is a complex undertaking.
Among the many conditions that must be factored in include how strong the stroke needs to be, how much the wind can affect the trajectory of the ball, and which direction must the golfer hit the ball to make it fly across the course. All this adds incredible pressure on the golfer, who despite the pressure must remain calm to hit the ball correctly. The tension involved can ruin a swing.
The deadpan commentary and the seemingly calm faces of the spectators belie a protracted period of heart-stopping suspense, all banking on whether the golfer can achieve enough distance with each stroke to make it below par.
Thankfully, though, much of that tension is reserved for competitive players. There’s a lot less pressure when you’re playing for fun or just practicing. All that we have to worry about outside a tournament is to keep the strokes within par.
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