Golf tip of the week: How to interpret a golf tip

PHOTO PROVIDED Relax and swing the club until you hear a swishing sound at least 20 inches ahead of the ball.

When I write a golf tip, it is not intended to be understood by everyone. How many golf tips have you read from different golf periodicals and not understood? The reason is, all golfers don’t think alike. There are five different golfers. Approximately only one out of the five will completely understand what the instructor is telling you.

That is how I teach golf: it may take five different swing thoughts to hit a nerve. But it all falls on the type of swing a golfer processes. There are two types of golfers, swingers and hitters. To simplify the difference between the hitter and the swinger: a golf swing has three sections, the backswing is A, the hitting area is B and the follow-through is C.

A hitter swings from point A to B then C. In a swinger-type swing, the golfer swings from A to C, eliminating the thought of hitting B, just swishing through the hitting area on the way to position C.

The maximum clubhead speed will be well after impact for a swing-type swing. Whereas for a hitter, the top clubhead speed will be closer to the ball.

I find that 70% of all golfers would play better golf by utilizing the swing method.

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

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.


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