Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 118

Book Excerpt from Play Golf Better Faster By Kalliope Barlis “Everybody can see that my swing is homegrown. That means everybody has a chance to do it.” Bubba Watson Develop a swing that promotes consistency while maintaining a healthy body. Moe’s swing is simply elegant for both. Choose a golfer whose swing you want to have. Golfers ask where the power is generated from into the swing. Everyone has answers. But, the truth is, your body works as a whole and 118 Your Swing can- not be broken down into parts without losing functionality. Every part of the body moves as one unit during the swing. That one unit is your body that is influenced by your target. It’s a matter of keeping it in balance. More specifically, what really matters the most in your swing is what happens between the top of your swing, through the ball into the follow through, and your connectedness with the target. Imagine a rubber band; you pull back the rubber band, hold it in a momentary pause to shift direction, then let go so that it fires forward. A slingshot does the same. You pull back the elastic band, pause, look at your target, release the band, and the projectile is thrust forward. Does it really matter here how you pulled back the elastic band? It’s your connection with the target before you let go the elastic that will make you land your tar- get. Now, let’s apply a similar process to the swing. In the ready position, you are balanced and centered. You begin the backswing. During the backswing you are collecting energy. When you get to the top of your backswing, pause and set your club where you maintain balance, full of power with the energy collected. If balance is lost, so is control of the club. Think, if you pull back too much on the rubber