It has been my experience with many players that their practice swing and their real swing often look different. Some students are completely surprised by how different their swings look on video. The reason for this difference is that when striking the ball there is a hit impulse. This occurs when the player is actually trying to put the club head on the ball. In contrast, a swing impulse occurs when making practice swings with no ball. This occurs because the player focuses on the swing and not the ball. Many players improve when they can replace their hit impulse with a swing impulse. The swing often becomes much smoother and more full.

 

One of the techniques that quite a few tour professionals use is to make dry swings. These are swings that are made without striking the ball. Five to ten minute blocks of time are part of a daily or weekly regimen that is followed. The primary benefit of making dry swings is that it requires you to focus on the swing rather than striking the ball.  It may seem somewhat monotonous at first but it will give you a much clearer feel of what you are trying to accomplish in the swing. You will get much more in touch with your swing impulse and get away from your hit impulse. Once this is accomplished, you strive to use that same swing impulse as you are striking the ball.   

 

This video shows an example of using dry swings to improve your backswing. You will see how following this regimen will help you create more body awareness during your swing. 

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