Originally Posted by madolive3
Originally Posted by chriskzoo
The only thing that bothers me about bad golfers is when they insist of taking multiple practice swings before every shot because they know they are not good and somehow think the practice swing will help them. That slows down play more than anything and it probably detrimental by the fact that it makes them constantly think about why they are so bad.
F*** the practice swings - when it's your turn, step up there and hit it - I guarantee you'll think less about what you're doing and play better. What I can't stand is this:
2 Practice swings, hit it 50 yards
2 Practice swings, shank it
2 Practice swings, duff it 5 yards
2 Practice swings....
JUST HIT THE BALL!
Practice swings help me a great deal. I have learned that I have to establish my swing bottom with a practice swing before I hit my irons.
Great advice for high handicappers," Step up and hit". You must be an instructor.
Yes it is good advice. High handicappers trying to look like a pro bog down the course. The time for instruction and practice is on the range, not on the course. If you can't find the level of the ball by addressing it, then you need to learn how to set up properly. That or you are doing something in your swing which is changing your shoulder position in relationship to the ball on the downswing. That is often enough caused by allowing your head to move. You are off balance, or swaying, dipping or lifting up, and a practice swing isn't a cure for that. It may occasionally work as a band aid, but the only cure is getting to the root of the problem with instruction and practice on the range.
Beginners too often overthink the swing on the course, and that is death (paralysis by analysis - I have a friend who suffers from this, and he plays his best golf when we remind him that he is standing over the ball too long). If you must "feel" the club, do it before you approach the ball. I used to do a 3 second miniswing while standing behind the ball picking out my line. Now I don't do it at all.