We all want a better golf swing. You, me and Tiger Woods are all striving to swing smoother, shoot straighter and ultimately, score lower. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
We’ve put together five tips to get you started:
Find Your Balance
Balance is the basis of every good golf swing. If you move forward on your toes or back on your heels during your swing, your body and hands will attempt to compensate, and that is not what we want. If you can’t swing in balance, you won’t be able to fix any other swing fault.
First things first then. Practice swinging a club while standing on a foam log. When you can keep your balance on the log, you’re ready to take it to the ground.
We’ve reviewed some other training aids to help you take it to the next level.
One Piece Takeaway
Consistent results are the goal for every golfer. The key here is to work on a one-piece takeaway. Get this right, and you’ll get a better golf swing.
Your hands and body should be working in sync. If you’re too handsy, you’ll underuse your body resulting in less power and less club control. The club should start moving with your shoulders or your chest, not your hands.
Slow and Steady
Slow down! Seriously, slow down. It’s almost impossible to swing too slowly.
Swinging with a steady tempo allows your hands and body to square the clubface to your line. It also lets your body weight shift in the proper sequence, resulting in maximum power, not maximum speed and a better golf swing.
Relax and Breathe
Now, take a deep breath and let go of that tension. If your hands are tense, that will be evident in your swing and result in a wild slice or hook. Allow yourself to swing in a tilted circle for more consistent results.
Pre Shot Routine
Now that your swing is solid you’re ready to grip it and rip it, right? Wrong. A good golf shot begins in your head with a proper and consistent pre-shot routine.
The most important thing here is not to get too caught up in your mechanics. Trust the swing that you’ve practised and forget about being perfect because that will just create further tension, that’s advice from Padraig Harrington. And tension is the enemy of the golf swing.
Start by visualising the shot from behind the ball. The curvature and height of the flight as well as the blade of grass your ball will land on. When you have seen it, take a step up to the ball.
Take a breath in, then one out, to release any remaining tension. Check your club face for alignment, set your body to the club and finally take your grip. Then give her a wiggle and let her go.
On Your Way to a Better Golf Swing
So there you have it. Five top tips for a better golf swing that you can practice and implement today. Balance, consistency in take away and approach, releasing tension and a slow, steady swing.
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