SEARCH BLOG: GOLF
In the same way that other recreational golfers butcher the game of golf, I manage to be consistently inconsistent which gives me great frustration... so much so that I feel as if I need God as cart companion to have a decent round.
But as the saying goes, the Lord helps those who help themselves.
So last week, I went to the driving range and started analyzing the various parts of my golf swing.
The first thing I noticed was my setup was never the same. Sometimes the ball was too far forward [toward the target] and sometimes too far back [away from the target]. Sometimes I stood too close to the ball and sometimes I stood too far away.It was obvious that I really needed God in my golf cart. But I worked on some things that started to make my hitting better and more consistent.
The next thing I noticed was that the face of the club head [that part that hits the ball] was sometime pointing to the right of the target when I made contact [open] and sometimes pointing to the left of the target [closed]. I wanted the club face pointing at the target.
Then I noticed I held the club handle in different ways. Sometimes my hands fitting together tightly and sometimes there was a gap between them.
Then I noticed that sometimes I would hit the ground before the ball and other times I would barely hit the top of the ball.
First, I picked up the club in my left hand in such a way that the club face was aligned facing the target... alignment.I discovered that while God may help those who help themselves... ALLAH definitely helps my golf game:
Then I gripped the club in such a way that my right hand locked snugly against my left hand... lockdown.
Then I stood upright with my club held in front of me with my arms relaxed and straight so that when I moved downward and forward I was in the correct stance to launch the ball... launch position.
The last pre-swing point was to check my aim to be sure my body was parallel to the line of my swing... aim.
All that was left was to swing from this pre-set position and hit the ball... hit.
- Alignment ... of the club face
- Locking ... the hands together in a snug grip that keeps the arms in a good position
- Launch ... position just the right distance from the ball
- Aim ... check before swinging so that the ball starts in the right direction
- Hit ... the ball trusting that it will be struck well and go straight.