In my final part of my golf swing basics series I’ll discuss the 4 top tips you need to know to get the most out of your golf swing. The goal of this article is to help improve your golf swing, as it’s essential to get this right.
Improve Your Posture
A major culprit for bad golf swings is poor posture.
Players who have trouble maintaining a strong, athletic posture, often slump forward. It’s very easy to do.
Many people have no choice but to leave the golf course and immediately head to the bar after a round, or head home after a particularly frustrating round of golf, just to avoid the shoulder pain and stiffness. These people don’t need to lose form. They just need to learn how to fix their posture.
When you have poor posture, your head isn’t held back, which prevents your shoulders from opening up as well. The shoulders can’t open up, and that makes it harder to turn your upper body and reach down the club for a good strike.
To improve your posture, just follow these simple tips.
- Try to keep your head upright. Don’t place your chin up.
- Try to keep your shoulder blades down, where they should be.
These simple fixes can help you move more freely through the swing. It can lead to increased speed, distance, and accuracy on your next tee shot, as well as increased clubhead speed.
Golf Swing Balance
One of the most important parts of the golf swing is achieving solid balance.
It’s important to think of your golf swing as a series of micro-skills rather than a purely mechanical movement. It’s the most important position in your body and the one you spend the most time in.
It’s also the first position in your swing so it’s important to nail it early. This is why getting your golf swing fundamentals correct is crucial, because without them you won’t be able to hit the golf ball straight or rotate the club quickly enough on your follow-through to hit the ball at the desired distance.
Make sure you always practice keeping your body balance even over the backswing, through impact and into the follow-through.
Try changing things up by taking extra practice swings from different points in your body such as your knees, hips or even shoulders. You should always practice different motions before your tournament or your club fitting so you’ll be ready to hit the ball straight, turn and hit it hard.
Buy A Proper Driver
You may not be thinking about it, but every swing you make has an impact on the performance of your driver. The grip is how you hold the club and control it, and if you don’t have a good grip on your driver, it will hold it all wrong, and you’ll make the golf ball do all sorts of different things.
Some golfers play without a driver because it’s expensive and you don’t need one, but if you’re consistently missing shots by an inch or more, and hitting your fairway woods short of the green and not far past the green, you need to find a driver that fits your swing.
Just like a golf swing, if you want a driver that you can depend on, you need to give it a good test drive.
Now, I know that most people won’t test drive a driver, so I don’t recommend doing so unless you’ve never owned one before. But if you have tried drivers, you should find one that feels comfortable.
Try to focus on the driver, because if you’re practicing with a driver and not the shaft, you will probably struggle to keep your wrist straight. That’s because you’re holding the club with your fingers, not with your wrists.
You’ll also find that the grip that feels most comfortable for you is almost always going to be one that doesn’t feel natural to you. It may be that your hand size or the grip you’re using is right, but it’s not the right club.
If you don’t find one that feels right, you can try a few different grip options to see what feels the best.
But you may be surprised to learn that even a grip adjustment could be enough to make a big difference.
Work on Your Slices
Slicing a golf ball isn’t difficult. It’s actually quite simple.
I know. But I have a tip to help you slice less and hit the fairway more.
Slicing is mostly mental, and you just need to keep your head in the game.
You can see it with your eyes closed. Your mind will wander and you’ll start making your favorite kind of swing when what you really want to do is slice.
When you learn to keep your mind focused on what you’re trying to do, you can start working on slicing less and hitting the fairway more.
The only way to really work on slicing is by practicing slicing. It’s not enough to think about it and not practice it.
Find a club that fits your swing, swing it, and take some swings. If you can swing the club slowly, you’re ready to start doing some slicing practice.
Once you can swing the club easily, it’s time to start making the most of your practice swings. The proper swing is a sequence of a slow backswing, a straight forward swing, and then a quick follow-through that catches the ball on the downswing.
If you don’t get that sequence down, you’re going to be aiming at trees or the top of the ground. I hope these tips help you to cut your golf ball.
Slicing a golf ball is easy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still practice. If you can learn to slice the golf ball with a club that fits your swing, you’ll be on your way to cutting your own score.