Continuing to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

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After going through a period of rapid improvement after taking up the game, golfers often go through long periods where little or no progress is made. In that way, golf is much like life because there are long plateaus where you try many things to improve but few bring the kind of rapid results you desire. However, just when all hope for getting better appears lost, a period of rapid improvement can take place and the golf swing can get better.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Check your address when you line up at the tee box. Many golfers are intent on building a swing that will bring a nice right-to-left action on their shot. While this is a fine goal, the golfer needs to address the ball squarely. Your left shoulder needs to face your target and your left foot needs to be directly underneath your left shoulder. Many golfers face a bit too far to the right in trying to get that right-to-left action. Face your target squarely -- and not from an angle.
  2. Change your grip to get increased power and accuracy. After taking your normal overlapping grip with your right little finger being placed in the gap between your forefinger and middle finger, give your left (lead) hand a quarter-turn to your left. This will help you get more power from your swing.
  3. Remember not to over swing. A good golf swing is not necessarily an overpowering golf swing. Building a proficient and repeatable swing is the key to improving your game. Rotate your hips to the right to begin the backswing and then let your hands follow. Once you reach the apex of your swing, turn your hips the opposite direction and let your hands follow at the same speed. As your hips clear the hitting zone, make sure you keep your head down.
  4. Don't quit on your follow through. Many golfers are so anxious to see their shots fly down the fairway that they pick their heads up after contact and don't finish their swing. Following through until the club reaches shoulder height will help you get as much distance as possible from your shot and and also keep it straight.
  5. Go to the driving range and make an effort NOT to swing as hard as you can. Golfers tend to over swing and you have to work to go against those instincts. Building a smooth and repeatable swing requires timing and practice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your hips need to be the driving factor in your swing.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.