One of the most common complaints experienced by golfers at all levels of play is their inability to correctly execute a left handed golf swing. The lefty has many problems with their swing, such as having an over-the-top follow through, an inability to square the clubface at impact, and an inability to generate the force needed to hit the ball straight. Also, if you are a lefty, it can be very difficult to generate any power during the downswing because the lefty is naturally so much heavier than the righty. Finally, a lefty’s swing path is also slightly skewed to the left, which makes for a difficult to follow through.
In the previous paragraph, I suggested that establishing the correct grip for a right handed swing would help to prevent developing too many calluses and tearing wrists. Setting the proper grip is extremely important for a left handed golfer. First, place the right hand on the club’s shaft in what is known as the “proper” grip. This grip places the thumb on the club’s face but does not wrap around the shaft itself.
The lefty’s grip should be firm, with the knuckles resting against the club’s shaft. To break this grip, simply rotate the hands from a counterclockwise position to an open position and use your free hand to grab the club. Rotating the hands in this manner will loosen the grip and prevent the formation of too many calluses.
Another option to consider when trying to develop a strong grip is to take a few lessons with a golf instructor and work on creating a “locked-in” grip. As previously stated, this type of grip provides a little more resistance than a “natural” grip and will work the muscles behind the shot to help stabilize the club face through impact. The drawback to this type of grip is that it may not be effective for those swing faults associated with a “natural” golf swing.
A final option for developing a locked-in grip is to use a device known as a “muscle memory trainer.” The principle behind this device is that a golfer will remember a particular swing motion if it has been repeated a number of times. Each time the golfer uses the same motion, his muscles will automatically synchronize this movement with his club. For example, when a golfer hits the ball, he wants to create a downswing that is both long and over the top. However, if he were to repeat the downswing over again, it would not provide him with a comfortable setup and could cause his back to stiffen.
Many golfers also use a mirror to help them achieve this locked-in golf swing. Mirror images of themselves are placed at various distances from their body and they then focus on these images in order to strengthen their wrist, arm and hip muscles. This technique works especially well for those golfers who have problems with their golf swings because their body constantly moves while they are swinging the club. The mirror image will allow a golfer to see their own positioning relative to the ball and will help them compensate for any issues with their swing mechanics.
Finally, another way to develop a proper golf swing is to use a golf simulator. Golf simulators are devices which allow players to hit balls which simulate a particular shot. The player will learn how to prepare their swing before they actually take the shot. They will also be able to see exactly what happens during the swing process. Because the simulator reproduces the swing in an exact manner, the golfer will be able to repeat it a number of times in order to perfect their own swing. Because the club head has a much smaller path through the air than it does when the club is in the air, players will be able to create more power in their swing thanks to these simulators.
Finally, there are several other techniques which can be used in combination with or in place of these exercises. For example, some golfers feel that it is easier to improve their swing by using their own left hand. By doing so, the hand will not have to move as much while the hands work in conjunction with each other. Other players choose to warm up their hands by swinging their right hand at golf balls which simulate the swing required on a golf course. It should also be noted that all golf balls tend to be slightly smaller than regulation golf balls, which may make the task of warming up much easier.