Every golfer has their swing faults, whether you are slicing or hooking the ball it’s important to know that it can be fixed. Here are some quick tips that can help you improve your swing and ultimately hit better shots!
Improve your Grip
The grip is often referred to as the most important part of a golf swing, but many of us tend to overlook it. How you position your hands on the grip of the golf club will often be the biggest factor in determining the flight of your golf ball. Aim to have a ‘neutral’ grip. In order to do this you should aim to create a “V shape” between your left forefinger and left thumb. You also want this synergy between his right forefinger and right thumb as well. A weak grip will promote a slice whilst a strong grip could lead to hook shots. By having a neutral grip it should make it easier to not only hit the ball straight, but also work it left to right / right to left when required.
Count your Tempo
Many amateur golfers struggle with the common issue of swinging the golf club too quickly. With the exception of the putter, you can use the same tempo for every type of club. Try improving your tempo by counting to four during your golf swing…
1.At the start of the golf swing
2. When you reach the top of the backswing.
3. At impact.
4. When you reach a balanced finish.
If you can do this consistently, your tempo and swing are bound to improve.
Keep your Head Down
You’ve probably heard it time and time again, but there’s a reason for that… keeping your head down during the golf swing can make a world of difference. Popping your head up is entirely natural – after all, you want to see where your golf ball is going. If you hit the ball right, though, you’ll have plenty of time to watch the ball go exactly where you want it to go. Fight the urge to lift your head up prematurely… by doing this it allows you to keep the proper form and so that you’ll be able to stop yourself from jerking your upper body at the last moment.
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It is important to remember that a good golf swing doesn’t end when you hit the ball. Your follow through and finish is important for a number of reasons. By not ‘following through’ you can easily throw off your swing and land up hitting bad shots. Try to complete your swing and aim to hold that pose. Your finish can often tell you a lot about what sort of swing you put on the ball and why you might not have hit a good shot. Stay balanced, and follow through!
Turn Your Body
Power in the golf swing is almost entirely generated through your body. For this reason, it is important that you rotate your body correctly rather than trying to chop at the ball with your arms. By doing this it allows you to leverage all the power in your body and create ‘lag’. Lag is the key way in which Tour Professionals generate so much power. Try to turn your pelvis and upper body away from the target as much as you can, by doing this you will set up a better attack angle and prevent that out-to-in swing plane so many amateurs struggle with.
Before hitting any shot you are faced with some tough decisions…
– Which Club are you going to use?
– What will you be using as your target?
– How high or low are you trying to hit the ball?