Some experts believe you can learn how to hit a golf ball straight by using visualization.
That is, they believe you can learn how to hit a golf ball straight
by seeing in the “mind’s eye” precisely the pattern, direction and distance the ball will fly.
A recent golf article contends that a majority of professional golfers produce so many straight golf shots because they visualize their golf shots exceedingly well.
Here is a portion of the article:
“This is how to swing in golf with visualization
They all visualize their flight of the ball. Well they actually do more than just that.
Here is what I mean. They practice their golf swing until it feels right to them, then they get behind the ball and look for a spot in the fairway or golf course that they want their ball to land or go towards. At that point in time they see their golf swing and watch the flight of the ball until it lands. This is done without ever hitting the ball. This is how to swing in golf using visualization.
With the visualization over they then go to the ball and address it with their club.
They then waggle the club to make sure that they have the right grip and relieve pressure and then look once to see if they are aligned properly and then finally they proceed with their swing.”
I concede that many great golfers use the visualization golf method for their shot making, basically because they have honed their swing to near perfection by practicing so much.
However, I doubt the efficacy of this method when it comes to the recreational and weekend golfer. Here is why such golf swing instructions do not work well for average golfers.
The instant you grip a club with an interlocking, overlapping or baseball style of grip, your club face will rotate to an effective open alignment. In addition, your club will rotate to an out-to-in swing path across your shoulders, all of which will establish a slice ball flight.
However, this slice ball flight alignment is not permanent.
As a result, any body movement after initially gripping a club in such a conventional manner will cause the alignment and path of the club head to rotate to a different alignment.
Further, any additional body movement will cause the alignment and swing path of the club head to rotate to different alignments, with each subsequent body movement .
Therefore, just because a golfer is able to swing his or her club until it feels right to them during their practice swing does not mean the “feel right” sensation will exist when the club face is then transferred to behind the ball. The alignment and path of the club will change during the transfer of the club and, as a result, the anticipated ball flight will not occur.
If the club is un-gripped after the practice swing, and then re-gripped for the actual swing, any body movement between the time it is re-gripped and the completion of the set up routine also will cause the alignment and swing path of the club to change and, the visualization of the golf shot during the practice swing can no longer be relied on.
On the other hand, if you lock-in a square alignment and an on line swing path of your club face during your set up routine and do not thereafter unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb, there will be no further rotation.
Then, assuming you complete your set up proceedings properly, a non-manipulative swing will deliver the same alignment and swing path to the ball as existed at final address and you will produce the ball flight you intended.
This means if you lock-in a square alignment and an on line swing path during your set up routine, complete your pre-swing proceedings properly and execute a simple golf swing, you will experience precisely how to hit a golf ball straight.
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