This Month’s Lesson: 5 Beautifully Basic Golf Swing Tips
1. Let’s start with balance, the basis of everything. If you move back on your heels or forward on your toes during the swing, your hands and body will try to compensate in some way to get the club head to the ball. That will change all kinds of things in your swing for the worse. You can’t fix any other swing flaw until you swing in balance. When you want to improve, you need to start by doing something harder than your desired end result. Swinging a club while standing on a foam log is a lot harder than swinging with your feet on the ground. If you can keep in balance on the log, you can do it on the ground.
2. One key to consistency is to work on a one-piece takeaway. We want the hands and body to work in sync. You don’t want to be too hands-oriented because then you underuse your body, don’t get as much power, and you have less control of the club. You want to start moving the club with your shoulders or your chest, not your hands. Hands players do not produce power and they do not produce consistency.
3. Practice your tempo – and slow it down! You almost can’t swing too slowly. Swinging in tempo lets your hands and body square the club face to the proper line. It also lets your body shift its weight in the right sequence for maximum power.
4. Now relax and let it go. Remember, the golf swing is not vertical, nor is it horizontal or flat. It follows a tilted circle. When you swing along that path, you get more consistent results.
5. Now that you have a solid swing, let’s go where it all really begins – in your head with a sound pre-shot routine. The main thing is not to get tied up with mechanics. You get robotic and try to create a perfect move, which just creates tension. Tension is the enemy of the golf swing. Start behind the ball, visualizing the shot you want to hit. You should “see” the curvature and height of the ball flight, as well as the target. When ready, take a step toward the ball and take a breath in, then one out, to release tension. Then step up to the ball, check the club face for alignment, set your body square/parallel to the clubface angle/path, and take your grip last because you don’t want to build tension by gripping it earlier. Then waggle and go.
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