It has been a long while since I stopped coaching students on golf. However, my mind is always revolving around the game and the playing techniques. Even today, I attend golf events at the Princeton Valley with my family to rejoice watching youngsters play. The standards of training have significantly improved in the last few years. Coaches use advanced technologies to train the players from the first step into the golf field to winning the amateur college golf tournaments.
Postures and Swings
In the early 80s, we found it hard to practice without the help of coaches. It was because of the difficulty to remember postures, swings and follow-through actions. Balancing the bodyweight was a big problem. I have seen many of my friends falling flat on the ground while trying to execute backswings. It took me a long time to practice delivering the club to the ball at the right moment at the right angle. It took even longer to control the ball from spinning back after hitting the turf.
The first step I learnt was to align my body with the target. I had to do it for every shot before doing anything with the club. Rotation of the upper body around an imaginative line is an important factor in keeping the shots consistently accurate.
Center Of Gravity
Balancing my bodyweight around the center of gravity was a big challenge during my training. My coach often told me to focus on my pelvic section. He called it the point of control for the upper and lower body movement during swing and shot execution. I could understand everything he explained but forgot all while on the field. That was the time when I became conscious of my obesity.
It took a lot of hard work to shed my body weight and get to a healthy condition. I walked, jogged, cycled and swam to reach my goal of 63 Kilos bodyweight. It took nearly one year to shed 20 kilos. I also had to work out extensively to shape my body to an athletic physique. When I got back to the goldfield in Princeton valley, it was a simple task to align the center of gravity in my pelvic region to the line of stroke.
Coiling the Body
Rear-end of the hip swings in the reverse direction during the execution of swing. It is called coiling. The angle of coiling can have a significant effect on the power of the stroke. The muscles from shoulder to the legs should coordinate with each other to make the swing and the shot smooth. I had to shift the body weight from the rear to the front to add extra force to the stroke.
The execution of strike after a swing will be accurate only when the body’s flow is in control. Or the ball can hit the water or other hazards.
I have given a brief overview of golf swings and body balancing techniques. You can read more about some of the other golfing techniques to practice at Princeton valley in the next articles.