Common Golf Swing Myths

By Randy O. Williams
The best instructors try to keep the game simple.
The best instructors try to keep the game simple.

Golf is a sport seemingly rooted in myth and those myths surface most often in the golf swing and how it is taught. Whether handed down from parent to child, an "insightful" tip from a playing partner or just seen on YouTube, a lot of advice surrounding the golf swing is fundamentally flawed for a variety of reasons. It partly stems from a misunderstanding of the mechanics of the golf swing, but also the misconception that one swing fits all.

Keep Your Head Still

Shift Your Weight

Swing Harder, Hit Farther

Straight Lead Arm and Tucked Elbow

Why Are These Myths Still Around?

About the Author

Randy O. Williams has written for "Sports Illustrated," ESPN.com, "The Los Angeles Times," "Washington Post" and "The Hollywood Reporter," among other publications. He is the author of the book, "Sports Cinema — 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths and Misfits."

Photo Credits

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