Do you remember those wind-up toy airplanes? I suspect they still exist. The point is, you would place a rubber band on a hook at one end of the plane and attach the other end to the propeller. You would then start turning the propeller with your finger and the rubber band would start twisting. This twisting of the rubber band would create more and more tension on the propeller. At some point you wouldn't be able to twist it anymore so, you simply let it go and the propeller would spin like crazy and the plane would fly.
The golf swing is just like a wound-up rubber band. If you think I'm crazy, you might be right, but this analogy may help you see the golf swing from a totally different perspective. Picture in your mind while in the address position that your club is the propeller, your body the rubber band and your feet the tie off point of the rubber band. Your body is setup at a particular angle depending on the length of the club. While maintaining that angle, simply rotate your upper body without moving your head. Initially really try to restrict your head from moving at all. I say this because you will get a better sense of what I'm talking about. Any powerful golf swing will have some head movement, but for now let's try to keep it still. All you have to do is rotate your upper body under your head and allow this twisting motion to get absorbed by your feet, just like the rubber band. Once you get to the top and this is the key, you have to really visualize how the rubber band would unwind and spin the propeller, that being the club, of course.
Since most golfers slice and pull the ball, you have to ask, what are the pros doing differently? In order to get this unwinding clear in your mind, try thinking that you need to restore the address position you started from. So, once you're at the top of the swing the objective is to unwind the rubber band from the ground up. It starts with the feet, which is the anchor or the tie off point. Then the knees, then the hips, then the torso, then the shoulders, then the arms, then the hands, and then the club head, in that order. This will bring you back to the address position. I'm not saying to stop at the address position, it's just my way of explaining it. The momentum of the club will automatically go right through that point.
I truly believe if you can get this motion clear in your head, I think you will strike the ball better than you ever have, not to mention with more consistency.
Mulligan's Corner: Halifax Plantation Golf Club is offering junior golf clinics every week starting June 9. Each clinic is limited to eight juniors (ages 6 to 15) so please sign up early. The cost is $75 per child. Topics covered include rules, etiquette, full swing and short game concepts. Call golf pro Jason Dowman at (386) 676-9600, Ext. 316 for registration and info.
Sal Martignetti is an independent golf instructor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (603) 986-3376. His free e-book is available at elusivegolfswing.weebly.com.