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Perfect Your Golf Swing
Focus On Perfect Practice
Have you ever heard of the old saying Practice Makes Perfect. I'm sure you
have. A lot of people think that is good advice. On the surface it is, but what
if your practice is full of inconsistencies and imperfections? What are you
reinforcing? Are you developing good habits by still practicing the bad habits
in the hopes that by some miracle something good will happen. That's the way
most people approach just about everything, from learning how to play the piano,
to learning math skills in school, or developing a perfect golf swing.
So I changed my approach to my practicing. I would play my scales over
and over again and if I made a mistake, I would stop and play that one note over
and over again. Then I would take the few notes before it and make the approach
again and again until I got it right.
Improving one's skills is mostly a
solitary event. You won't have that teacher with you day in and day out to make
sure you practice correctly, so it's extremely critical to develop the ability
to analyze your problems and come up with a solution yourself. A good teacher
can assist you by checking your progress from week to week, but the ultimate
responsibility is yours.
If you continue to reinforce your bad habits by practicing them to death, you are just reinforcing your muscle memory to do it wrong. For that reason, you must seek out a qualified teacher.
You must learn
the fundamentals and the mechanics of the perfect swing in your minds eye before
you can perfect it physically. You must understand the mechanics of a perfect
swing mentally first, so do yourself a favor and get a teacher to teach it to
Once your muscles become adept at doing the
mechanics the correct way, your motions will naturally become very fluid. Only
then, would I recommend hitting the range and striking the ball. The first few
times, I would advise that you have your teacher with you, to make sure the
pressure of performing, or hitting the ball, doesn't cause you to relapse into
your old habits.
You don't want to undo all the good habits that you have
learned. Muscles that aren't warmed up properly tend to be carried by the ones
that are. If you have muscle imbalances occurring then you will be doing more
harm than good, so warm up properly and get all the muscles working together as
I would practice various aspects of my swing
as perfectly as possible, then I would put them all together and practice them
as a whole. It took awhile but my scores started to drop. I went from scores in
the 100's to scores in the 80's in 6 months. A year later I was a scratch golfer
competing in local tournaments and winning a number of them. I strongly feel
that if I had decided to, that I could have turned pro.
About The Author
David Dorrough is a retired educator, having taught at several leading universities. Today, he is active as a free lance writer and is involved with Internet Marketing. As an avid golfer, you should visit his informative website on golf at www.golf.consumers-choice.net
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