You know how to swing the club. Your mind tells your body what to do, but the body will carry out those directions only if it is in a state to accept them. This is possible only if the body is relaxed. And the body can be relaxed only if the mind is relaxed.
If there is any tension in the body, muscles have to fight through that tension to get to the next place where they are supposed to be, but never get there, being locked in place and passing through those positions in the wrong way.
Tension makes the body work against itself and is the ruination of what ever it tries to do in golf or anything else.
Golf is a game of positions, only not as it is normally presented to you in swing sequence photographs. There are not eight or nine positions you have to hit to make a correct golf swing. There are an infinite number of positions, because the golf swing is a flow.
This is why you must play golf with a moving mind. That allows your body to move through the positions that you cannot possibly comprehend yet are needed for your best swing to emerge.
When you are relaxed, your body moves naturally, your joints move freely, and your swing flows.
This is why swing thoughts are so paralyzing. By focusing on one aspect of your swing, you emphasize it to the exclusion of every other position that is just as important, adding tension to your body to ensure that none of it goes right.
Let me give you an example of how relaxation can be made part of your swing. It has to do with rhythm.
I write over and over that the rhythm of the golf swing is 3 up, 1 forward to the ball. 3:1, like clockwork. Only, if you make it like clockwork, it won’t work. The golf swing can become stiff and mechanical.
A golf swing has to be alive. It has to breathe. Your expression of the 3:1 rhythm has to be like that, too, and it will be if the mind, and thus the body are relaxed.
So that’s all good, but just how do you relax? It’s very simple.
As you stand over the ball, take your mind away from whatever it is thinking about, and think, “Relax.” Feel the tension drain from your body, head to toe. Let the air out. Feel your body softening, the tension releasing.
Now you are ready to take the club away.