Whenever you find yourself putting for birdie, it's good to have a pendulum stroke that won't crack under the pressure. The same thought process or visualization can be used for your full swing too. This is a tip that Dave Pennell sent in recently. He says that it allows his arms to work together as one unit, which I love to hear.
If you decide to try this tip, there's one thing you must remember. A pendulum swing has no acceleration. It simply swings back and through at one constant speed. But, if you want to have any sort of power or distance, you have to be accelerating through the ball at impact.
Thank you for all the lessons and tips.
I have worked diligently to apply the PPGS and am pleased with my progress. Using your book and videos, I am getting more comfortable with the PPGS each week because I am studying and working at it. At age 71, I started playing golf 20 years ago. I always swung a baseball bat from the left side and still would. However, when I began playing golf I was told I needed to play right handed. That is what I did and still do. I've used this as an excuse for not playing well until I discovered you and the PPGS. Now I finally have a foundation for a right handed swing and know how to practice and rely on "mental memory." (What could be simpler when it comes to the most complex sport I ever tried to play?) Having said all that, one thing that has also helped me in the forward swing is using the "pendulum" thought for every swing. It seems to get both arms working together better as one unit and makes me feel like I have much better timing and coordination as I employ the bump.
So, my bottom line question is this: Is the "pendulum" thought congruent with the PPGS or am I doing myself a disservice by thinking about that as I take the club back and come down and up through the ball?
Thank you again for your instruction and response.
I actually think it's a really good thought because it's helping Dave play better! That's really all that matters as long as he's staying within the parameters of the PPGS. The way he describes how it's helping is something I support as well. Dave is saying that it's helped him in the forward swing by getting his arms to work together as one unit.
I've always said that you need equal pressure in both arms and hands throughout the swing. If any one arm works harder than the other, you will put your whole swing into disarray.
I also get into a little bit on the subject of grip pressure in today's video. Most teachers suggest holding the club gently, as if you're holding a baby bird. That's garbage as far as I'm concerned! Again, everything must be equal but also firm. If your grip is weak, the club could twist in your hands at impact, sending the ball any which way.
Equal grip pressure leads to equal lift. I like the idea of visualizing a pendulum motion, but you just have to remember that you must accelerate through the ball.
Keep it vertical and firm!
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