In the process of developing my expertise in learning correct golf stance and movement, I spent many frustrating hours with Tiger Woods and his golf swing. He is such a great player, I have taken some of his advice to heart and used it in my own golf swing drills. Here are some suggestions for improving your golf swing.
Tiger Woods’ golf swing is characterized by a slow motion that results in a low arc. In golf terminology, alignment describes the orientation of your feet and the intended target of the club in the setup position. To correct the most common fault of all golfers, flattening out your swing leads to a flatter draw or fade; also, keeps the ball trajectory lower (if you hit the ball well on center of the club face). The goal is to keep your clubhead square to the ball throughout the swing.
When you are preparing to address, turn your body toward your target line and look straight ahead. Your shoulders and arms should turn with your torso while your eyes stay centered on the target line. This is your setup position. When your hands are high, you are in a good follow-through motion and you are in a “Power Position”.
The next exercise for improving a golf swing is the open club grip. This grip is similar to the one used by professional golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. The difference is that with the Nicklaus or Watson grip, you place the club closer to your body in the backswing. If the hands are too far away from the body, it makes it harder for the player to maintain good rhythm and proper timing with the swing. For best results, keep the hand fairly close to your left hip.
Now, get the proper grip for your swing by placing your pinkie finger inside the top of the golf club’s grip. To gain better leverage, move the pinkie finger as high as possible on the grip. Practice this until you can easily move it up and down the handle bars. You should be able to feel the leverage needed to lift the club with your wrists.
During your downswing, the golfer should always move through the hitting zone using slow motion. Move your front shoulder as far back as possible and bring it as close as possible to the ground. Keep the hips and feet under you so that you do not lose momentum during the backswing and follow through. At the top of your backswing, the weight should be distributed over the large muscle groups in your body, including your arms, hands, shoulders, and hips.
The backswing is the time when the clubface is opened, allowing the golfers to generate the power needed to hit the ball. If a golfer starts out by using a narrow grip, he or she will have a harder time reaching the golf ball at impact. Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers in the world, began playing the game using a narrow grip. This enabled him to generate the power necessary to hit the ball. Other golfers can use this same concept by stopping their hands at waist height instead of going too wide.
As the golf club begins to swing back, the weight shift should occur from the front foot over the lower back to the hips. It is when the entire weight of the body is shifted to the balls of the feet that the golfer begins to accelerate through the hitting zone. This type of swing requires more precision than the regular swing, but Woods proves that it is possible. In order to improve your game, practice the backswing repeatedly.