A novice golfer can make the mistake of thinking that the harder a swing the further the ball travels. This is one of the first errors a golfer can make out on the course. Swinging too fast does not give the body time to square to the golf ball, which can result in either a severe pull or slice. A true golf professional is one who understands how to use their entire body to square up to the ball at the time of impact. Tiger Woods is able to swing quickly because he is able to pull himself to center so that the club face is not open or closed at the moment he strikes. The proper way to pull power out of your body and down the fairway is, in Happy Gilmore terms, “all in the hips”.
There are a few simple ways to improve your swing
One of the most important swing tips ever given is to slow down. It sounds easy enough but most new timers cannot seem to get a handle on what exactly it means. While baseball and golf seem to use the same muscles and same technique, the baseball swing demands more leg movement and arm strength to power the ball forward than the average golfer will need. The golf swing necessitates little to no leg movement and a very straight and strong arm placement. To help put this into practice, try not taking a full back swing. Instead, take the club to a 75 degree angle (or for the time sensitive – 3 o’clock). This will teach your body not to imitate the wind up of a baseball player.
As the back swing is brought to a 3 o’clock position, there may be some feeling of discomfort. It may feel like there is not enough power to sustain the follow through – this is normal. Instead of stunting the force, this will teach your body to use the hips to generate more power through the swing. The most important thing that this will teach your body is to keep the club face square on impact. This will lessen the chance of either slicing or fading in your game.
Ball placement is another area for improvement in most players’ games
Another quick tip for improving your game is making sure the ball is placed in the correct spot, in your stance, for your club. Think of it this way: the longer the club, the more forward in your stance the ball should be. The driver, as the longest club in your bag, should be on the inside step of your left foot (for a right handed player). The shorter a club gets the more to the middle of a stance the ball should be placed. A 3 iron, as the shorter of the “long” clubs, should be just slightly forward of center. This will guarantee, again, that the club face will be center as it strikes the ball. The longer the club, the more time it takes to get to the ball. Putting the ball forward in the stance for the longer clubs will provide the club enough distance to get to the ball.
These two easy tips should help your game get to the straight and narrow. Remember that the quickest way to lower your score is not to be the longest player on the field but the one who is in the fairway the most.
Golf Swing Balance Rhythm, Timing Drills
Many golfers want to improve their swings but in the never-ending search for the perfect swing they sacrifice working on good balance timing rhythm and footwork. Yet these vital ingredients in the golf swing are arguably the most important aspects to work on. Follow these tips on how to improve the basic timing, rhythm and balance of your golf swing to hit straighter drives and iron shots.
Drills to Develop Balance, Rhythm Timing and Footwork
- Take ten balls and with your seven iron hit them down the range with your feet together.
- Hit five balls with only your right hand holding the club.
- Try hitting five balls away with just your left hand.
- Put the ball bucket on the floor and stand with your right leg balancing on it, your left foot in its normal position. Hit a few gentle shots away from this position.
- Count to yourself ‘one-and-two’ as you swing back and forward hitting ten balls.
- Say ‘back’ as you make a backswing and ‘hit’ as you strike the ball for five balls.
- Close your eyes and make a few practice swings feeling a nice ‘swoosh’ at the bottom of the swing.
- Hold your left hand in font of you, swing the right hand away and then bring it back to hit the left in a clapping action. The louder the noise the more timing you are achieving. This educates the right hand to ‘square up’ at impact.