Yorkshire Golfer – February Edition
What are the real fundamentals to playing golf? Depending on which book or magazine you read these can be anything from how you hold the club to how far away from the ball you have to stand at address. For me there are only THREE true fundamentals to the game of golf:
Fundamental 1 – You have to hit the ground after the ball (controlling your low point of the swing)
Fundamental 2 – You have to hit the ball far enough in order to play the course (there is no point in hitting it dead straight if it only goes 50 yards down the fairway on a 500 yard hole)
Fundamental 3 – Controlling the curve of the ball (golf is far easier if you have a repeatable shot pattern)
The biggest thing that I see on the lesson tee is golfers who struggle to do the first fundamental. They hit the ground before the ball and this plays havoc with the strike of the ball.
Next time you head to the Driving Range give this a try… Set-up with more weight on your front foot than you normally would, from here make a backswing where you feel as though your sternum stays target side of the ball. From this backswing position it will be much easier for you to hit the ball before you hit the ground (see fundamental number 1).
Using TrackMan whilst teaching helps to show golfers exactly where their low point of the swing is through low point number. This relatively new feature to the TrackMan software has already started to help many golfers shift the low point forward and help them to hit the ball much more solidly (which by the way is some part to getting a better fundamental 2).
What about all the other so called fundamentals? These are all preferences! There are many different ways in which you can swing the club and as long as you are competent in each of the three real fundamentals then you should be able to play this game quite happily.