In the movie Star Wars, ‘Force’ is used by a Jedi to battle the Dark Side (evil). Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi described force as “the energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together.” Characters from the movie use the power of the force to lift heavy objects, push enemies away without even touching them. How can we utilize the ‘force’ in the golf swing and create Jedi like powers?
When you do work and I mean do physical work using just your body muscles, you will get tired. However, if you are able to use the ‘force(s)’ that surround you, fatigue is not part of the equation. You are basically doing less and generating more power. This is what an effective golf swing is. There are many different forces that operate while you swing, but two major ones I wanted to talk about is:
- Gravity: What must go up, must come down. Gravity is constantly pulling us down towards the center of the earth. If your arms go against gravity and doesn’t come straight down from the top of your golf swing, you are going against this force.
- Centrifugal Force: a.k.a. ‘Outward Force’. When you rotate property in the backswing, centrifugal force takes full effect generating great power by pulling the clubhead out and away from you. To get a feel for a proper body rotation, spread both of your arms, and tilt your upper body by the hip joints. Then turn to make a backswing. Your left arm should be directly under your chin. This is what it feels like to make a proper body rotation that will result in the using the force and avoiding the ‘Dark Side’.
The ‘Dark Side’ in Star Wars feeds off of emotions such as anger, jealousy, fear, hate and turning to evil as a result. If you are using too much hands or creating unnecessary tension in the swing, you are fighting with the force. You are no longer a Jedi, but a member of the Dark Side. Learn how to properly use the forces by working with Yoda. He is located at a PGA Golf Course near you :-). Is the force with YOU?
With that said, I will see you on the first tee.