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Get A Solid Golf Swing
Hi, Jeff here. If you are looking for the BEST advice on how to improve your golf swing, then you have come to the right place. I have been playing golf since I was old enough to hold a club, and now have the honor of coaching others on how to drive the ball farther and more accurately than ever before. I have done my best on my website here to break down the basics of improving your handicap, but if you are look for an in-depth and step-by-step manual on how to achieve the best drive (or golf swing in general) that you have ever had, then I encourage you to take a look at the book: The Simple Golf Swing.
Golf Swing Basics and Tips to Improve Your Game
There are many, many elements that must be managed to develop a solid golf swing. Considering the number of variations to the golf swing that must be mastered to play the game of golf well when considering driving, fairway shots, pitching/bunker shots, specialized trouble shots, and putting, one can begin to see the complexity involved. Because of the variation in shot types that must be mastered, unfortunately one swing does not fit all. Shot making is an art that takes serious amounts of practice to be able to perfect, and predict, what type of shot will be coming off the club.
Golf swing basics are:
- Position at address
- Weight distribution
- Swing plane
- Follow through
All solid golf swings will actually begin with your grip on the club. One can expect that their ability to strike the ball properly will be favorably or negatively impacted by the quality of the golf grip used. Too strong a grip may cause you to roll over the shot at impact creating a draw or a hook spin on the ball at impact. Too weak a grip may cause you to leave the clubface open at impact inducing a fade or a slice. Hitting a ball straight down the pipe requires a proper grip that will insure that the clubface is square at the point of impact. There are many other factors that will impact the straightness of the flight of the ball, but the alignment of the clubface at impact is certainly one of the key elements. Most pros will first and foremost check your grip if you go to them to analyze a problem with your golf swing.
After a proper grip, the next key to the best golf swing begins with your stance. You are going to want to position yourself so that your arms are comfortable and you are not reaching for the ball, nor so close to it that you feel all jammed-up. By setting the club head down squarely behind the ball, the club itself will let you know just how far away to place yourself. Many find it best to place the club head behind the ball first, and then setup their grip after positioning their stance in reference to the correct position of the grip of the golf club.
A solid golf swing will also require that the position of the club head and the club be properly setup at address. The type of club used will determine just how far up or back in your stance one places the ball. When using longer clubs like a driver, fairway woods, or long irons, the ball should be placed further up in your stance. Middle irons should be placed in the middle of your stance, and shorter irons like a pitching wedge should be placed further back in the stance. The position where the ball is placed in your address will significantly impact the actual height of the ball when in flight.
Your weight distribution will also be a good indicator as to whether or not you have properly addressed the ball. If you feel that you have a lot of your weight on your toes, then you are reaching for the ball and you are therefore too far away from the ball with your stance. If you feel that you have a lot of weight on your heels then the opposite problem is true, you are too close to the ball. At address, you should feel an even weight distribution on the balls of your feet.
The start of the golf swing begins with the backswing. The backswing should not be rushed under any circumstances. Many golfers fail at drawing the club back in a slow, smooth, and controlled fashion, usually because they get excited about hitting the ball, or because they think that faster means hitting the ball further. In both cases, nothing could be further from the truth. A fast backswing will almost always ruin the timing of the golf swing causing a lot of energy dissipation that will cause the ball to travel a shorter distance or to be errant in direction. The backswing will also establish the golf swing plane that is important for hitting the ball long and straight.
The ability to alter your golf swing to be able to hit a fade/slice or a draw/hook on demand requires the ability to make certain adjustments to the golf swing that will change the approach angle of the club head from inside out for a draw/hook and from outside in for a fade/slice. A more upright golf swing plane is more favorable for hitting a fade/slice and a flatter golf swing plane is more favorable towards hitting a draw/hook. Significant golf swing training is required to be able to alter golf swing planes without negatively impacting making solid contact with the clubface on the ball.
A very important aspect of the golf swing is often overlooked – and that is the importance of the follow through of the swing after striking the ball. Focusing on a good follow through will actually do wonders for improving the actual impact made when striking the ball. A solid golf swing will have a solid follow through, one in which the hips are turned, the stomach or belt buckle is facing the target, and the club head is allowed to continue to wind up behind your back. Failure to focus on a good follow through, or finish to the swing, will often cause the ball to squirt off the clubface in directions unintended.
Golf Swing Conclusions… What do to next!
Golf swing training takes a lot of practice. The body will actually develop muscle memory, so you want to make sure that what the muscles remember are the solid swing mechanics and not the bad ones. Paying close attention to the basics listed above will be an excellent start and many golf swing training aids are available to assist you in making sure that you are developing the correct swing mechanics.