When Alan Shepard hit golf balls on the moon, he missed once and had the second ball land just a few feet away.Alan Shepard was still just an amateur golfer, albeit a lunar one. Mission control, being the helpful bloke that he was,gave out tips like “keep your head down”.
This is one of the many common misconceptions surrounding golf.
Of course keeping one’s head down is a very logical golf instruction.Golf is a game of precision. The most minute irregular move or position could disrupt a good shot. Most people who knew the sport but have never been close to touching a golf club and even those who actually play will assume that when playing, it is always better to keep one’s head down.
According to Bob Grissett, director of instruction at The Golf Academy by The Golf Club in Los Angeles, keeping one’s head down is one of the worst mistakes an amateur golfer could make. When a person keeps their head down when swinging, they restrict their lower body movement, which can cause swaying or sliding.Hitting the ball too soon or too late can also happen when the head is consciously being held down. Grissett said that the better alternative to keeping the head down is learning to manipulate and maintain natural spine angle and other body angles. This way, taking a swing is more comfortable for the golfer and the pivot is not restricted.
Even golf equipment is shrouded with the veil of misconception.
People “test” golf balls by having them bounce on hard surfaces, believing that the higher they bounce, the farther they will fly on the field. It is a fairly common misconception, as a tour to a sports equipment shop would more or less lead to finding a customer making golf balls bounce on the shop floor. However, this is not necessarily true. There are more factors influencing a flying ball that has been struck by a club head moving at a certain velocity than a ball slightly compressed by a hard surface and went against Earth’s gravity. The stress brought upon by the latter scenario is very minimal compared to the first scenario.Additionally, the projectile is an aspect that is not taken into consideration when the ball is just bouncing up and down.
Another misconception in golf equipment is that the shafts of golf clubs wear out and lose their stiffness.With the exception of damaged or rusted shafts, continuously using a decent-quality golf club will not alter their flex. This is because the stress put on the shaft of a club is not enough to cause metal fatigue in graphite or even steel shafts.
Golf enthusiasts and even professional golfers believe that great putting is what makes a professional better than the rest. After all, placing golf balls in their holes is the first and foremost objective of the game. Putting seems to be the most critical of hits since it is the last. Following this line of thinking, it must mean that better putting contributes most to the score advantage. However, a research conducted by a Columbia Business School professor debunked this widely believed myth.
He observed that putting only contributes to 15% of the score lead for the Top 40 Tour players. Driving contributes to better score advantage at 28%, which is mostly due to closing in the distance between the hole and the ball but not necessarily, which has very little to do with accuracy. But what contributes most (by around 40%) is accuracy of the approach shot, because many shots are done from that range, statistically speaking.
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