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1/ The Intangible quality

 

Physical fitness and coordination are hallmarks of world champions in any field but these two assets do not always go together. Coordination is an intangible quality influenced by the brain, nervous system and spinal column.
Exercises that build muscle indiscriminately do little for coordination and may even disrupt it in some cases. Athletes and sportsmen who seem physically fit from the viewpoints of circulation, respiration, muscle tone and joint mobility, may fail to reach their full potential because of defective coordination.

The average of golfers in Australia and New Zealand would probably exceed fifty, so examples of perfect fitness and coordination would be hard to find, but the majority of golfers able to play nine holes or a round of golf for 4.5 hours or so should be capable of improving their coordination.
Some important ingredients of success include coordination of the senses of sight, touch, balance and judgment of distance synchronized with the control of muscles and joints in the back, legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
Coordination is also essential to:
 Concentration and visualization of the shot you intend to play.
 A balanced stance at address
 A rhythmical, controlled swing.
 Ability to stay down during and through impact.

Apart from the effects of illness, injury and lack of fitness, the common enemy of coordination is ANXIETY. Anxiety on the course contributes to: The premature head lift on or before impact, or
      The head long rush into the follow-through.

Now go to- How to Test and Improve Coordination.



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