You have probably read all about the importance of rhythmically engaging your upper and lower body to hit that perfect shot. Your golf coach too has confirmed the significance of the lower body to make your swings more powerful and fast while maintaining balance. And you have probably tried doing it during your Florida vacation while teeing off at one of the best golf courses near Tampa. But the question remains— do you always have to use your lower body for that perfect swing? Or is there some other way? Let’s find out.
Why Should You Practice Swings without the Lower Body Usage?
Seems like a moot point doesn’t it? Especially when you have heard everybody vouching for lower body movement benefits in a swing. However, when your golf ball is below your feet (generally occurs in uneven ground) or while you are on a slippery surface, traditional swing techniques rarely serve you well. In these situations, hitting the ball without bringing the lower body into it would produce a good shot. But, that would require practice. Here are a few things that you must know.
It is best for Short Distance Shots
Experts suggest that allowing your lower body to move during a swing generates power and speed. So, without using your lower body you cannot make long shots. Keep that in mind while practicing this swing technique. Otherwise, your swings will be erratic and not so safe for your body. How do you make up for it? You need for club to the hit the same distance, when you keep your lower body out of the equation.
Try Not to Change Your Spine Angle
Losing the spine angle while shooting the ball is what sends you away from the target line. Generally, players lose their spine alignment and angle while moving from out to in swing. But, it is easy to maintain the angle when you are not using your lower body, as there is considerably less movement. So, keep it in mind while practicing and you will be able to make solid contact with the ball even when generating less power.
A Wider Stance Is Required
As you will be generating less power during the shots, having a clear perception of the target will help in delivering accurate swings. In order to see the line of the shot, a wider stance would be required. A square stance is the favorite of experts for short shots. And as you won’t be moving your lower body, you can easily maintain a wider stance without losing balance.
Keep Shoulder Turns to a Minimum
In these shots, you cannot go for a wildly elaborate shoulder turn because without your lower body movement that will hurt your spine from out to in swing. Always remember that it is not a power shot. Too much shoulder turn while trying to hit the ball below your feet when you have to bend over to position the club accurately will mess with golf mechanics and destroy your shots while hurting your body. Use wrist-cocking techniques instead and keep the turns to a minimum.
Go for Accuracy in Shots
Short shots can give you accuracy. With your target line in sight (in a wide stance) and easy to remember and follow swing mechanics (because shorts swings/turns have less elements to focus on), you can master accuracy in shooting the ball to its target.
The next time you are in Florida and plan to spend a day at the golf courses near Tampa, keep these points in mind. It may serve you well when you have to tackle an uneven surface. And we all know that a good golf score equals to a great vacation. Right?