This is another visualization that maybe helpful if you are finding yourself not having much tempo or “feel” in your swing.
Sometimes a golf swing just doesn’t feel like a golf swing. What do I mean by that? Well, a swinging motion is a very free motion. It’s like being on swing set. You just start it in motion and just let centrifugal force take over.
It’s not like you have to work hard when your on a swing. Didn’t it always feel great and freeing? You never had to force yourself down with some “herkey-jerky” motion. Gravity brought you down.
Yes, swinging the club is not the same as being on a swing set but many of the principles ARE the same.
Try this visualization. Before you start your swing. Imagine yourself finishing the swing into a complete follow through. In order to get into a finished follow through you will have to complete a fuller (is that a word?) swing. You need to feel like you are hitting through the ball and not at it.
This can really help you “re-set” your swing into a more holistic motion. It sort of like when you do your practice swings. There is often a lack of tension and you “naturally” swing the club head in a smooth, unimpeded motion.
To help you “feel” this motion you can try Ernest Jones’ favorite handkerchief and penknife experiment where you “feel” the weight at the end of the handkerchief.
The weight will exert a pulling motion as the handkerchief (or whatever you have rigged up – yo-yo, object on the end of a string, etc.) is swung. The key is swinging. Without swinging the handkerchief you’ll break the momentum. Sound familiar?
Another way to try this is to just hold a golf club lightly between your thumb and forefinger and hold it out in from of you trying to create pendulum motion back and forth. Let gravity do most of the work as you feel the rhythm of the moving club head.
Hopefully these couple of thoughts will help you feel the “tension-free” feeling in a relaxed swing. Visualizing a complete swing will help reinforce this concept.
Note: You still have to use body mechanics here as well meaning you have to get on to your front side otherwise you’ll hang back and “flip” your hands at the ball.
I find when my swing is headed South and feels more like a hitting motion instead of a swinging motion that imagining (then actually producing) a full, complete follow through that you almost immediately begin to swing more freely and naturally resulting in more consistent and powerful golf shots. Give it a go.