What?? Practice swings you say? What difference does that make?
Well here is what the average golfer does…. the average golfer will tee up his ball and then step back and take a full 100% simulation swing of what he thinks he wants to do.
You’ll even hear a “swish” to the club going through the air. If he hits the ground too hard, he’ll take another; if not, he’ll think he’s ready.
Contrast that with the greatest players in the world. They’ll take some swings to find a rhythm and move their body. They might even rehearse a mechanical move…. but that’s it. Then they step up to the ball and use their 100% swing.
One of the best examples of this is Tiger Woods. He takes about 3-5 swings that are about 3/4 back and through and swung in slow motion. He’s preparing his body. This concept has even found it’s way into baseball.
Hideki Matsui has the most curious habit at the plate. He never takes a practice swing once he steps into the batter’s box. He saves all those meaty cuts for when he needs them. Hideki knows that practice swings suck up energy, also if you swing hard enough on a practice swing, you could hurt yourself!
Written by Scott Seifferlein, PGA Guru at Grand Rapids Golf Lesson