There are actually two components involved in the process of learning this Golf Swing Basic of “Relax”. They are both equally important.
The first component is Relaxing your Mind. The second component is Relaxing your Body. When you are able to relax physically, you will find that you can hit the ball farther and more accurately. When you are able to relax mentally, you will find that you are able to overcome mental turmoil and focus on the task at hand better.
Relaxing your Mind
Knowing how to relax in golf is the MOST important of all 6 of the Golf Swing Basics. Staying relaxed physically and mentally will help you to keep improving your golf game.
Being able to keep a relaxed or peaceful state of mind is the key to peak performance. In the Bible, one of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 26:3 which basically says that in order to have a peaceful (relaxed) mind, you must first have a stayed (or focused) mind that is trusting in a positive result.
The mind is relaxed only when we are able to focus on ONE THING at a time. So what must you focus on in order to stay peaceful and relaxed when you are playing golf?
The answer is that you must first focus on the target while you visualize what the path of your shot is going to look like as the ball moves to that specific point on the golf course.
Then, you must change your focus for a moment to be on your club selection, then the length of your proposed swing, then your setup and then finally THE BALL when you make your swing. Nothing else can cross your mind while you perform these tasks of focus in order to be relaxing your mind during a round of golf.
Relaxing Your Body
Doing stretches before you play or practice is very helpful in knowing how to relax in golf. There are many exercises that you can do before playing a round of golf. A few of them should be done before you tee off on the first hole. Whenever you feel that you are tightening up during a round of golf, these can be repeated at any time.
Have you ever tried to hammer a nail into a board with an extremely tight grip on the hammer? It’s difficult and time consuming isn’t it? By relaxing the grip on the hammer and relaxing your arm and shoulder muscles, you are able to hammer the nail into the board more swiftly and easily.
Well, the same fundamental of relaxing your grip on the golf club achieves the same results in hitting the golf ball further and with more consistency. This is the MOST important of all six of the fundamentals to playing golf better. Someone should be able to slide the club out of your hands fairly easily if you hold it out to them.
Think of your body as a fulcrum for a whip. As a whip becomes thinner and looser the closer you get to the tip, your shoulders down to your hands should be looser and more flexible also. If you watch the swing of golf pros on television, it looks like they are not even swinging very hard. Yet their club head speeds and ball distances are well above the average golfer’s.
In order to relax, it helps to take a deep breath and exhale before and even during your swing. Try not to hold your breath during your swing as this will tend to tighten your muscles. This principle is used in many sports including martial arts.
Relaxing is the first (and most important) of the Six Golf Swing Basics that help you learn to play golf better.
To learn more about all 6 of the Golf Swing Basics that help you Learn to Play Golf Better see this: The 6 Most Important Golf Swing Basics.
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