The term golf swing trainer might make you think about a golf training aid, or even a golf teaching pro, but I’ve come up with a different meaning that may dramatically affect your golf swing.
Next time you read or hear the term golf swing trainer I want you to think differently…after reading this brief golf training article.
Golfers Donâ€™t Need More Golf Lessons
Iâ€™ve heard over and over again, how a golfer has taken many lessons only to play worse, or not getting any better. This is not a knock on golf instructor, but Iâ€™m trying to make a point. If youâ€™ve taken more than a couple of lessons and not seen improvement, donâ€™t you think itâ€™s something else?
Improved Golf Swing Mechanics Are Impossibleâ€¦
The main ingredient to a high level of golf swing proficiency is your bodyâ€™s ability to move in a dynamic, stabilized and sequential way, through a range of motion that allows for maximum torque, stored energy and tension-less power.
You can work on your golf swing til the cows come home and it wonâ€™t make a bit of difference if all youâ€™ve done is ingrained improper golf swing mechanics and even more swing faults.
Does this sound familiar? Have you been in this picture? If so, itâ€™s time to change your approachâ€¦immediately!
Golf Swing Improvement With A Different Approach
Having expressed my strong beliefs above, what is the answer to a better golf swing, thatâ€™s repeatable for 18 holes? You look at it in the mirror every day! Itâ€™s your body! Itâ€™s the machine that fuels the swing. If you donâ€™t work on the â€œmachineâ€, the swing will never get better! I say this strongly, but with total conviction.
The golf swing requires (demands) many â€œphysicalâ€ attributes that need to be addressed to see progress in your golf swing. These attributes are many, and Iâ€™ll address them in future posts on this site, but for now, they are:
These are the main attributes, and they cannot be developed by just pounding golf balls and taking more lessons. Youâ€™ve got to work on them â€œoff the courseâ€.
Golf Specific Swing Training
The quickest way to achieve better swing mechanics (but is only one aspect of total golf improvement training) is to perform your golf swing with resistance, preferably in front of a mirror, checking body positions and technique.
You canâ€™t get anymore golf-specific in your training than that. I do a ton of exercise tubing, medicine balls and even dumbbell training exercises in all my golf fitness dvds and manual.
Although the quality of the picture is not that great (weâ€™re redoing them all), you can see I am doing a golf downswing phase of the swing. You can see how itâ€™s stretching me to a 90 degree shoulder turn at the top, and a good impact position at the bottom.
This is just one of many effective golf swing training exercises you can do that will have an immediate impact on your golf swing.
You Heard It Here First
A modern golf swing trainer should have superior knowledge of the golf swing from a mechanical standpoint and physical standpoint. If one or the other is missing, then this individual isn’t a qualified professional that should be working on your golf swing.
So next time you hear this phraseâ€¦think of improving your bodyâ€¦not taking more lessons, buying the latest, greatest gimmicky training aid, or hitting more balls.
Mike Pedersen is an internationally known golf performance expert. He is Golf Magazines Golf Performance Expert; has been featured on pga.com; also a noted expert and quoted in the top golf magazines in the world, as well as the founder of several cutting-edge online golf performance membership sites. Take a look at his just released golf training system at performbettergolf.com.
If you don’t have access to the equipment shown in your picture, what is an alternative? Free weights?
Free are the next best alternative…although the tubing I’m using in the picture is only $20 at any local fitness equipment store, or even Target.
It’s well worth the investment. You’ll use it all the time.