Simple Tips To Improve Your Golf Swing

Simple Tips To Improve Your Golf Swing

Probably the most important aspect of a great game of golf is an effective and properly executed swing. Unlike a lot of sports, where you can simply pick up the ball and start playing, golf requires a lot of technical dexterity and coaching in order to get the swing just right. The payoff is more than worth it though, as a solid swing can lower your score significantly, and can be the difference between staying at your old handicap and coming in under par. Check out these simple tips in order to improve your golf swing technique today.

Hold Your Club Properly

The first step to a great swing is to hold your club in the proper manner. Start out by letting your hands hang neutrally at your sides – with a slight crook in each arm. Your arms should have this same angle when you grab the club. Sports writer Gelinda Grimes,, in the golf section of popular website howstuffworks.com, goes into more detail about the exact way to lock your hands together when you’re holding a golf club.

Vardon grip: Probably the most popular and common golf grip, the Vardon or “overlapping” grip is achieved by fitting the pinkie finger of the trailing hand between the index and middle finger of the lead hand.

If this is difficult for you, or if you have smaller hands (or a weaker grip) than most people, you might find it more comfortable to actually lock the pinkie finger of your trailing hand to the index finger of your leading hand. This can make it easier to hold the hands together, although it can give you slightly less club control.

Keep Your Head Down

It is often said that if you want to see a bad shot in golf, look at your own. There is a lot of truth in this old gem. Far too many golfers reflexively pull their heads up after they hit the ball in order to see how their shot looked, or to look for the ball. This is probably the number one mistake among golfers, even those who have been playing for years. No matter what you do, do not pull up right away. Follow through on your swing, bring your club all the way through to your shoulder, and then you can look up and look at your ball.

As a rule of thumb, you should be looking at the grass underneath where you ball was for at least two second after you hit it to make sure that that you don’t pull up. Count these seconds out loud if it helps you stay focused. If you’re worried about a slice or hook sending your ball off into the wilderness, ask a friend to spot it for you. After you finish your swing and look up, they should still be able to point you in the direction of the ball, which, if you follow the directions so far, should still be floating about the fairway.

Correct Sway

Sway causes problems for a lot of golfers, even those who have been playing for a long time. Sway generally refers to the phenomenon whereby a golfer’s body moves laterally to the side when the swing, instead of properly coiling around the spine to compress your strength into one motion.
Renowned Golf author Katherine Roberts discusses the causes and effects of lateral sway in golfers, and discusses how you might be able to correct it.

Physically, sway is caused by an inability to internally rotate the hips due to a lack of flexibility as well as a lack of strength in the glutes… poor strength inhibits control of the hips, depletes power and distance, and affects consistency.

The best solution to excess sway problems involve focusing on your strength. Although we don’t usually think of weight training and golf as going hand in hand, the truth is that they definitely do. By building up the strength in your hips and back through weight training, swimming, or resistance training, you will keep your body in one place when you swing, and thereby get more power in your shot, and more distance on the fairway.

 

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