How to Get Your Golf Swing Back in Sync

By Bill Herrfeldt

It's no wonder that golfers go through periods when they feel their golf swing is out of sync. They mishit more shots than they should, and the ball flies a lot shorter than if they put a good swing on the ball. It even happens to the touring professionals. The fact is, there are a number of moving parts to the swing--your hands, arms and legs--and they must work in sync. Here is a drill that will enable you to regain your lost form and shoot lower scores.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Address the golf ball with a middle iron as you normally would, with the ball in the middle of your stance.
Step 2
Place a ball behind your clubhead in addition to the one in front of it. Take the club back, which will cause the ball in the back to move. Only move your hands back until the ball is out of the way before you begin moving your hips and your shoulders.
Step 3
Begin moving your hips and shoulders back only after the ball in the back is no longer a factor. Then continue doing that until the top of your swing. Your hips should begin moving forward and on their way to a position that ultimately faces the target as the first stage of your downswing. Make sure that the majority of your weight also moves to the side nearest the target. Then begin moving your hands and shoulders down, maintaining the angle created by your wrists until your arms are about parallel with the ground.
Step 4
Release the club through the hitting area, making sure that the clubface is pointing toward the target, and finish your swing.

Tips & Warnings

Many golfers try to slow down their golf swings, but they fail to also slow down the other moving parts of their body. That results in swings that are out of sync, and they don't make good contact with the ball. Often, because their swing is "out of order," righthanders hit a lot of shots to the right, or block their shot. Or they force their hands to make corrections that will result in straighter but shorter shots.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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