Is there such a thing as a "pro tour golf swing?" Do the tour pro's who make their living striking golf balls down fairways and putting golf balls into small holes have a golf swing secret that they keep to themselves?
No because if you think about it, there are literally thousands of male and female professional golfers competing in small to large tournaments around the globe at any one time and the one thing we can be absolutely sure of, that like our fingerprints, no two of them are the same, so therefore no two golf swings they produce can be the same either.
What there is however is a Tiger Woods version of a pro tour golf swing, there’s a Phil Michelson version, a Stacy Lewis version and so on? They are all different in style, and they all function slightly differently because the physical makeup of these professional golfers is different.
Some professional golf swings are shorter than others; some are faster than others; and some are radically different to others. And the reason behind this is very obvious, as I said, we are all built differently.
We have two hundred and six bones in our body and more than six hundred muscles, and the muscles and their tendons are attached to these bones in slightly different places on each golfer which influences the body to move differently from one golfer to the next.
And when we move our bodies to swing a golf club, the amount of flexibility we possess in and around our joints will have a significant effect on how we move our golf club, not to mention how we also use our physical strength within the golf swing as well.
We also have thirteen major joints in our body that can and do move within three dimensions (4 dimensions if you include time) making every golf swing motion totally unique. That’s right; no two golf swings we make are the same either!
Tall and thin golfers will swing the golf club quite differently to short and round golfers, who will swing it differently to strong muscular golfing types.
So I don’t think we can say that there is a "pro tour golf swing" as such, however I believe that there are a few golf swing principles that every professional golfer and competent amateur golfer practices and develops that influences consistent golf shot-making compared to the average recreational golfer.
Now this is where confusion reigns supreme in golf, because these principles I mentioned are packaged up and learned in very different ways. Every golf instructor/coach has their own idea of what these principles are and also the sequence for when they introduce them into golf lessons.
The Rule of Three’s in Golf Swing Development
Experienced and successful golf instructors know that there are only three primary elements involved in the playing of golf. (Not including the golf course, type of equipment and weather etc.)
1. There is a golf stroke
2. There is an impact or collision with a golf ball
3. There is a resultant ball flight
From driver to putter this is the process that occurs from one shot to the next. Now every element in this process is as important as every other, but the preference of the golfer and their golf instructor will dictate how they are learned and practiced.
Every golfer ultimately learns in his or her own best way and as such there are many ways to swing a golf club however we must never lose sight of the fact that in every pro tour golf swing style, the impact and ball flight are very similar from golfer to golfer.
It is easier to learn to build your pro tour golf swing style the way you learn best and your golf instructor will identify your best way and facilitate the golf swing learning process by exploiting your primary ways of learning.
And one thing is certain that regardless of which way you learn to build your golf swing, all golf swing development will influence another set of three elements;
1. How and when the club-head accelerates within the swing
2. How much the club-face rotates within the swing
3. What direction the golf shaft travels within the swing
The pro tour golf swing principles that you build into your golf swing should influence the golf swing to accelerate the club-head at the optimal time in the down-swing to maximize the distance the golf ball can be hit.
The pro tour golf swing principles that you build into your golf swing will minimize the amount of club-face rotation to maximize club-face control through impact.
The pro tour golf swing principles that you build into your golf swing will influence the golf shaft to travel with a minimal amount of variance between the back-swing and forward swing phases.
So in summary, the pro tour golf swing that you build with the help of your golf instructor/coach can be thought of as any golf swing that can do the following three things consistently;
a) Produce a high degree of control over the golf balls trajectory
b) Produce a high degree of control over the golf balls curvature
c) Produce a high degree of speed as the golf ball departs from the club face
So Tiger Woods and his fellow golf tournament professionals all have something in common; they can all control the trajectory, curvature and ball speed consistently from the club face which is the key fundamental of the pro tour golf swing style.
Learn to build your golf swing so that you master the rule of three's and your shot-making consistency will raise to levels you've never experienced before, and your golf score average will move down to a level that makes you really competitive in golf tournaments.
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Lawrie Montague and David Milne - Pro Tour Golf College
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