The Turn…The turn is a natural movement of the body. Do it this way and keep it simple. Stand erect, knees slightly flexed, eyes on the ball. Start your forward press (see notes on “Swing The Bucket”). Then turn your body to the right as if to say howdy to someone there. Shift your weight to the right foot and let your left heel come up gently about an inch. Keep swinging your arms until your shaft is behind you pointing to the target. Now shift your weight back to the left as your right elbow starts back to your side. Continue turning as if to say howdy to someone on your left. (Note…switch “left” and “right” instructions if you are left-handed.)
The Pottawatomie Golf Course will be closed through Thursday, May 21 due to high river waters, and will be re-evaluated throughout the week. If you have booked a tee time, please call the Pro Shop at 630-584-8356 to check on the status of the course and your tee time.
Swing The Bucket…To start a golf swing, you need a forward press to set off the action. Imagine you are in your stance holding a bucket of water with your hands on either side of the bucket. If you’re going to swing it, you’ll naturally rock forward a bit to create the reaction needed to give momentum to the backswing. Your hands will follow your turn. Your left heel will rise. If you grip too tight, you’ll turn fast. Grip lightly, you’ll swing slow and free. Use this image…it works.
Wrist Hinge…When you swing back to waist high (shaft parallel to the ground), the toe of the club should be pointed straight up to the sky. If it is, your wrists are already hinged and you don’t have to think about it. To picture how the wrists hinge, make your left hand into a fist (right hand if you’re a southpaw) and make a golf swing. Watch in front of a full-length mirror to see what position the club will be in as you hinge, then unhinge and hinge again at the finish.