Is Your Golf Swing a Beautiful Thing

I was asked bay someone the other day why I was spotted taking a golf lesson on the range. The gentleman asking the question added that my swing is “so beautiful anyway”. Now I would not call my swing a thing of physical beauty and neither would the majority of golfers!

My swing is not a technically correct golf swing and has many attributes that another golf might say are a little strange, unusual or, to be frank, quite ugly. I know that I stand a little (sometimes a lot) wider than is usually recommended, my back swing is flatter, my posture not as upright, my grip looser and I also frequently allow my arms to do more work than my lower body. These are just the more obvious variations from that which is most often considered to be pretty in a golf swing!

Having pointed out a few of these unusual habits that have become incorporated in my golf swing, I should also defend my swing by saying that I can usually get away with these things and hit the ball pretty well, pretty consistently and in the right direction. It might not be pretty to most golfers, but it is certainly effective. It is also comfortable and reliable and these attributes are essential if you want to play good golf and enjoy your golf.

The gentleman who asked about my lesson was thus defining my swing as pretty based on its effectiveness as opposed to its looks. (Either that or he was being sarcastic!) So why am I currently taking a few lessons?

I’m known to be a bit of an “anti-lesson” golfer due to the fact that when you get to technical and focus on the minutiae of mechanics your mind is not focused upon the basics of hitting the ball towards the target. In effect the majority of lessons mess with and interfere with your golf confidence.

In my own game I have reached a plateau and to get better and move to the next level I decided I do indeed need to acquire a little more technique. The proviso for me is that it has to be acquired in such a way that it does not get broken down into small mechanical and technical chunks, but rather is acquired in a more holistic manner. i.e. in such a way that it doesn’t distract my attention and focus and also allows me to maintain my golf confidence.

I know that I can hit the ball further and shape shots better with more sophisticated technique. My pro is willing (and able) to work with me in the way that I am happy with. We’re both enjoying the process, and who knows, perhaps my swing will end up a little prettier in the process!

Roseanna Leaton, avid golfer and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.

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