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Golf Swing Tips: The Fundamentals

Here you will find golf swing tips to improve your swing!

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Looking forward to improving your Swing? Smile because you have just landed on the right spot to achieve improvement.

Golf Swing tips should naturally explain to you all the stages that you need to go through to complete a perfect swing, most of them unfortunately do not include all stages and we have decided to fix that. It is our priority to give you the steps you need to help you achieve the best swing.

Always check with your coach and course to ensure the process.

Keep reading to understand the golf swing tips.


Pick Out a Specific Target

It is important to pick a specific target for each and every shot you hit because you will be more likely to stay more committed to your swing.

It really doesn’t matter what shot you are hitting, you have to pick a specific target before you implement the right stance. Average golfers take the driver in order to hit the drive and aim for the fairway before the swing away, this is not the best you can do because rather than aiming to shoot for the fairway in general, it is always better to pick a specific target to guide to your swing.

If you start implementing this strategy, you will see how useful this strategy can be to improve your results. There will be more confidence and commitment, don’t forget that the mind is powerful in this sport, especially during the course. It is crucial to train your mind on your targets before your swings.

Take Your time

Most golfers want to take the swing to hit a certain distance, this happens naturally and especially if you are standing on a tee, it is natural to hit the ball the hardest and fastest as possible.

Although you may want to hit the ball the hardest and the fastest as possible, it is important to know that that level of effort can do you more harm than good. Best swings always tend to be those that allow the speed to develop constantly, with the club accelerating the way down until it arrives for the impact.

Most amateur golfers rush through transition, shifting from backswing to forward swing as they rush to hit the ball, this is where most players lose track, remember that there isn’t enough time to fix what has gone wrong between the transition and impact. 

Point to take a little bit of extra time at the top of your swing, you can start by hitting soft wedge shots using an extra-slow transition, pitching the ball in a short distance down the range while keeping the transition slow will allow you to know how important this part of the swing is for your overall performance.


Stance and posture

Stance

When you have your aims set, the next important step is to know the correct stance and posture.  When you set the golf ball, your feet should be shoulder-width apart with a little knee bend, you will bend over at the waist to reach the golf ball. Since you have bent over the waist, you don’t want to reach or lift your arms towards the club, let your arms straight down, loose from your shoulders to grab the club.

Posture

When you bend over at the waist, make sure your back is fairly straight, you can check by putting a golf club down your spine, the club must touch your back in three places: your head, between the shoulder blades, and tailbone.

Stance

Since you have bent over the waist, you don’t want to reach or lift your arms towards the club, let your arms straight down, loose from your shoulders to grab the club.

Quick Tip–  Avoid poor ball position because it can lead to a lot of swing mistakes.


Relax your grip

Suggesting the best grip can be hard, everyone feels comfortable holding the club in an individual way. However there’s is one grip tip that suits all kinds of golfers, it is that the grip should be relaxed in order to promote clubhead speed and a clean strike. 

Golfer’s that grip too tight when they swing eventually lose power as a result.

Quick Tip– Work on finding a grip pressure that will allow you to swing freely while still controlling the club.


Golf Swing

Backswing

You are now ready for the golf swing. The first part of the swing is the takeaway, to start your swing use your big muscles which are your core, shoulders, and arms. Take the club head slowly and low to the ground, this allows you to keep the club on-plane which is the process where the clubhead travels throughout the golf swing.

Amateur golfers take fast backswings because they have an understanding that it will give them power. However, that is unfortunately not true, your goal in the backswing is to get back into a loaded and ready position to start your downswing, remember that rushing your backswing can cause damage to your swing tempo.

When you take the club to the top of your swing, try to twist your torso around your spine, which is called a pivot.  This part is also missed by many amateur golfers, they swing too much with their arms instead of making a turn with their shoulders.

Once your club has got waist-high, you’ll start to lift it up over your head until the shaft of the club is parallel to the ground and pointing parallel left of the target. (Right-Hand player)

To check your correct position at the top of your swing:

  1. You should set your club on the ground.
  2. Set the club behind your shoulder (right for a right-hand player), you should make a torso turn with the club still resting on your shoulder, when you are done turning, slowly and smoothly push the club off your shoulder.

Transition and Downswing

When you have done your backswing successfully, you will need to start your downswing transition towards the impact. The first move you must feel is your hips rotating back towards the golf ball, from there your torso and arms should follow.

Many amateur golfers tend to allow their back elbow (right for a right-hand golfer) to lift away from their side. However, the correct thing to do is keep your help close to your side until after impact, this will allow you to maintain your power and hit the ball from the inside rather than outside which is a common problem for amateur golfers.

Amateur golfers also try to hit under and lift the ball to get it up in the air, however that is incorrect. To get the ball in the air, you will have to bottom out your swing after the ball.

Quick Tip- If you hit the ground first, you’ll hit it ‘fat’ and short, if you hit the ball only, you’ll hit thin and low. Hitting the ball and ground will allow you to feel that good contact that sends the ball flying straight and far.

During the downswing you also want to make sure that your weight transfer is moving towards your front foot (left for a right-handed player), amateur golfers make a mistake here which is that they lean back and let their weight shift in the opposite direction of the ball, do your best to avoid this mistake.

Impact

This is the part where your body and golf club will come in contact with the ball.  There are certain key elements that should be focused on in order to promote a good strike.

Your hands should be ahead of the ball at impact, your left knee should have retained some amount of flex and your spine forward bend should match the onset at address still. Don’t forget that your eyes should be trained at the ball and your hips and hands should be facing the target, or well in their way.

Quick Tip- An impact made with an iron should be made with a downward motion, and an impact with wood should be made after the club has reached the lowest point of the swing arc, as the club is rising.

Release and extension

The release and extension occur after the impact with the ball, corresponding to the phase that connects with the follow-through.

Both your arms should be fully extended during the release,  additionally, your spine angle should be identical to that of the impact position, implying that you should resist the urge to straighten your body. Your forearms and hands will complete their rotation that started during the downswing, with the bottom hand on the club now leading your top hand towards the target

Follow-through

Here your hands should release naturally after the wrists are allowed to unhinge, your hands and clubhead should circle back around your body since your body weight is moved towards your left foot. In the end, your hips should be facing the target and you should resist the urge to quit swinging after the club has hit the ball. 


Enjoy

This is a sport, don’t forget to enjoy it. Taking the game too seriously while playing may make you nervous, remember this is a game, you should train your mind and control your emotions.

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Author: Ian Chitsungo

My point of view is simple, golf is a symbol of excellence.

Play with passion, discipline and sportsmanship to get the best out of your game!

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