Golf tip of the week: Stick to the basics and play better

Be aware of all the gimmicks and work on the basics this winter.

I have been teaching golf for over 40 years and have seen many changes in the way the new golf instructors have presented the golf swing mechanics. Most golfers are overwhelmed and confused by too many swing thoughts that may not even apply to them. The golf swing is not that complicated.

It all boils down to the simple basics and understanding what a golf club is designed to do. You can try to apply all the so called perfect angles and methods to get the ball to go farther, but to be honest; you should spend more time on grooving the basics. Such as — gripping the club properly, setting up to the ball correctly and determining rather you’re a hitter or a swinger type player.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, teaches in his golf swing simulator, at his golf studio and custom club shop in Williamsport.