Unlike a lot of high impact sports, golf is a game of accuracy. When it comes to your golf game there are very complicated physics involved and most of it comes down to your swing. Whether you’re new to golf or have been playing for years, help improve your swing with the 5 tips below.
- Find Your Balance: Before even thinking about working on your backswing, check your balance. Be sure that you keep a steady center of gravity while remaining relaxed enough to comfortably move your body through each phase of your swing. Start by putting your weight on the balls of your feet, then add a slight bend to your knees. Next, point your clubface at your target, align your shoulders and feet behind it. Make sure that you shift your weight throughout your swing. Your stance should be fluid and not rigid.
- Relax Your Grip: A tense, stiff grip doesn’t belong in the game of golf. Not even if you happen to find yourself stuck in the rough again! Channel your inner Buddha next time you hit the course…relax, take a deep breath, and loosen your fingers a little before you swing. If you find your grip is too loose, a glove can help with your grip, especially in hot weather.
- Luke, Don’t Use Force: While it may be tempting to put 100% effort into your swing, it’s actually better to hold back and swing most of your clubs with 80-90% effort. Swinging with 100% effort will make it easier to miss your target and lose your balance. Instead, try focusing on accuracy. You will be pleasantly surprised at how little physical effort it takes to send your ball flying down the fairway.
- Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Remember the one thing the coach would always yell in gym class or playing sports growing up, “Keep your eye on the ball.” Well, it turns out, keeping your eye on the ball is the secret to a great follow-through in golf! By taking your eyes off the ball, even at the last moment, you won’t deliver a full swing and you will miss your target. Keep your eyes trained on the ball until it comes to a complete stop on the green.
- Practice Makes Perfect: If you are really looking to improve your swing, there is no substitute for a regular practice routine. Make it a point to head over to the driving range whenever you have time to work on your swing. If you have some time, but not enough to make it to the range, you can always practice your swing in your backyard with a swing trainer. However, it is important not to get stuck in one single routine. Switch it up by changing your clubs and your targets when you go to the range. It won’t help your game become any better if you are an expert in hitting a specific target with one club, but you are still a novice in every other situation.
The adventure that is improving your golf swing can be a fun and fulfilling journey. Don’t be afraid to shake it up from time to time. Try a new golf course or driving range, different stances and grips to find what works for you, and always keep educating yourself because you can always learn something new. It may get frustrating at times, but with practice and the tips above you should start to see progress in your swing and your scores.
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