This may seem obvious. . . but it's far from it to far too many golfers. Most golfers want to play and score like the professionals who work at it everyday. They want to knock the cover off the ball. . . blast it into the clouds. And few of these golfers score well. They're always in trouble (off the fairway in the rough, or in a bunker, or in another fairway).
When a professional takes time off from practicing, you’d be astonished at how long it takes them to get back their mojo. I've known many pro golfers. Played many rounds with the great Buddy Sullivan. . . among many very good club pros. . . and they struggle mightily to feel right over the golf ball after a layoff of even a week or two. How often do you play?
Here's my recommendation: DON'T SWING FOR THE FENCES! Swing within yourself; within your own abilities. I know lots of golfers who swing very lightly at the ball and score surprisingly well (several of them have learned the 'GOOSE.') I know a man and wife who play about three times a week - rain or shine (I live in Vancouver, WA, and it rains here a lot). She consistently outscores him - and he, though playing from the back tees, always out drives her.
She plays within her abilities. But she plays well while playing within her abilities. She plans her shots. She plays within herself to the point where she's perfectly happy to take three shots to get in position to hit her fourth on par 5s. She never tries to make up for a bad shot. Never!
"It's a game to me. Always has been. . . I love it, but if I don't do particularly well on a given hole, or a given round, I don't get upset about it. . . My strength is my putting. I nail a lot of one putts - especially after I read Mark's articles on putting with my body instead of my arms. . . I'm getting up there (in age). . . Even though we always use a cart, I still get tired on the back nine. . . So, learning to putt more with my body has really helped."
Finally, Tiger Woods has no idea when he will be back on tour. He has had four surgeries on his left knee. He's modified his swing several times (which I admire). He's now in the process of yet another modification, but cannot practice now because of his injuries. In my opinion, he's won a lot of tournaments through intimidation. I think he's intimidated the whole tour for about a decade. But by over-swinging so many times. . . he may have shortened his career by many years.
In SUMMARY: we've all heard or read that we don't have to swing so hard to get distance. Well, if you strike the ball correctly using the Mongoose Golf Swing technique, you can generate a lot more power with less effort. Why? It's a top down swing. . . and our upper bodies when conjoined with a levering technique can apply an enormous force to the golf ball without putting undue stress (I prefer strain) on our knees, hips, and lower back. With the 'GOOSE' swing, the knees, hips, and lower back, just go along for the ride. They're completely released BEFORE your club head meets up with the ball.
To verify what I'm saying here. . . please take a look at the DEMO VIDEO. You'll notice that my trailing leg is completely released. Thus, the amount of strain or torque on the knees, hips, and lower back, is significantly reduced. Also, it's much easier on the neck. Many golfers (including many pros) suffer from neck stress due to over-swinging.
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