The Zone- that airless floating indescribable place we wander off to when we seem to have our best rounds of golf.  What is the zone? And HOW can we visit it more often in our journey to better golf?

Let’s change the word “Zone” to the word “Comfort” instead….because that is what it really is.

There is a certain type of comfort in our ability that allows us to slow down and analyse and make better decisions for better results. Comfort comes from confidence. Confidence in one’s ability to be able to produce the necessary shot that is presented before us. Obviously good practice and the experience of practicing and performing well struck solid shots to a specific distance and target spread out over the vast landscape of shots we may need throughout a round of golf will help us have at least one hand on the Zone area. So we can never under estimate the practice it takes to work on and understand how to hit ANY shot.

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Many may have seen me write about how I am not a big believer in using alignment sticks on the ground as an alignment tool...let me explain why I believe they aren't all that important or beneficial.

 

The main problem with the obsession with address alignments is that NOTHING looks the same at impact......

 

At address the feet are flat but at impact the right heel is off the ground.... At address the knees are square but at impact the knees are not where they were......At address the hips are square or near square yet at impact the hips are normally (or should be) open...At address the shoulders are square or near square but at impact the shoulders are normally open.....At address the head is in one place yet at impact the head is usually lower- because of ALL the above.

Hands- Arms- Club...ALL different. At address no pressure...yet at impact there are tons of pressures (hopefully!!!!)....... EVERYTHING CHANGES.

 

Read more: So Where Should I Aim?

 

In 2011 I uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel showing the footwork of a lot of famous golfers from throughout the years. That video attracted a lot of attention as I zoomed into the feet of these players (including myself) and showed a very different activity in the footwork than what most people noticed or modern instruction had distinguished should occur in the golf swing. 

 

The close up of the feet allowed the viewer to see a very distinct rear foot drag in all the swings. This grip and grind in the feet whilst not a goal in the golf swing is definitely a vapour trail of wonderful ground pressures into the feet as a balance and support system to help move the club void of stalling the body or over using the hands.

 

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Every person will have different attributes of build and strengths in their hands or legs or core and range of motion limitations in certain areas.... This is the exact reason we will never look like someone else when we swing a golf club.

No-one will ever say that my golf swing looked like Ben Hogan's when compared on video or when comparing still static pictures. However the dynamics of the motion are much closer when viewed below than most people would see or believe.

 

 

 

Read more: Dynamics And Look Of A Golf Swing

   

 The answer to the title is - we CAN DO  BOTH...

 Take a look at the adjacent pictures.

 Camilio Villegas shows a classic bent right  arm into impact. His shoulders and hips  are quite comparable in their rotation  ratio. His right leg is flexed and driving  with the club with his balance working  around his left heel and right toe. The  shaft of the club if  extended  would run  right into his belly  button region  just above his belt.

 Chad Campbell shows a more thrusting  right arm into impact. His hips have opened up and his shoulders have stayed squarer in an unmatched hip/shoulder alignment. His right leg is straighter and stopped in relation to the club into a more flat footed toeward balance point. The shaft of his club if extended would run up higher into an area closer to the sternum.

So in moving the golf club through the motion Villegas is returning the clubhead and shaft to a much closer position to his address position than Campbell is.....

 

Read more: Hit the ball OR Swing the club?