Feel like throwing a club?
The whole golf swing can be broken down to a simple throwing action. The better you can make this motion the better your golf swing becomes.
And this is where the old golf clubs come in because I want you to learn this action. Before you start throwing golf clubs all over the place there are a few guidelines to keep in mind;
* Be safe. Make sure you can throw the clubs without hitting anyone or other objects. Throwing golf clubs can be dangerous and I’ve seen golf clubs go backwards and sideways. You’ve been warned – be careful!
* Throw the clubs straight directly at the target. This is your objective. Many people throw the clubs to the left (if they’re right handed) of the target but this is not good. You want to apply power squarely to the back of the ball and you’ll only do this if you can throw straight.
* Start slowly. Don’t go at full speed too early. Start with small swings and gradually pick up speed.
* Don’t over think. Simply focus your attention on throwing the club down the fairway with a natural action. For most, throwing (even if it’s with two hands) is a simple skill that doesn’t need to get complicated. It’s this throwing-type action that leads to a better and more reliable golf swing.
* For best results you want to break your practice up with some club throwing and then some real shots.
* It’s worth repeating. If you’re going to try this please be careful!
Annika Sorenstam is one of the best all-time golfers and she uses this form of practice quite often. Most people probably will have old clubs lying around the house and if you don’t you can pick them up for a few bucks.
This will allow you to get better naturally and quickly – which is always a good thing, especially if you’ve been bogged down with too much swing theory and are looking for a way to break that cycle.
Again do this at a time when no one is around for safety. Have fun and play well.
Steve Wozeniak is PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses.