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July 6, 2013

RUGGIERO: The easier your golf swing, the better

Niagara Gazette — Over my 28 seasons with you, I’d like to think that I’ve provided you with many good tips on how to play the great game of golf just a little bit better. I also know that many of you take my tips to the driving range with the full intention of incorporating them into your swing.

The problem occurs when you either interpret the tip incorrectly or you simply cannot bring yourself to come out of your swing comfort zone and try something new.

Today, I have a tip for you that I consider the best single tip that I have ever shared. I like to call it “Being Steve Stricker," because the sensation I get when I integrate this tip into my swing is that I look and feel like Stricker, a smooth striker of the golf ball.

I have shared this sermon with you in prior columns over the years, but I’m more committed than ever that it can change your game for the better forever if you’ll just integrate it into your swing.

Let’s start with two obvious premises. Firstly, all golfers desire to hit their golf ball greater distances, and secondly, golf is a game of opposites. Incorporate these two notions into one principle and you have my tip of the year: If you want to hit your ball further, you must swing easy, and here’s why.

Even a speeding car starts out at low speeds and builds to a crescendo. If a car could start at 100 mph, it would surely shake, rattle, roll, and disintegrate. Your golf swing is like that car. If it starts smoothly, in control, it will build up clubhead speed in an organized way.

Within the rhythm of a effortless motion, the swing’s transition at the top can be observed. Nothing is more important to a great swing than its transition from backswing to downswing. Ninety percent of all players I observe have little or no pause at the top of their backswing. Their power transfer is virtually null and void.

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