Golf Swing Useful Tips

By Bill Herrfeldt

Research recently done by Callaway indicates that the number one problem facing golfers is the lack of consistency. That is followed by distance and slicing. It is no wonder that millions of dollars are poured into lessons to help golfers have a more repeatable swing. Whether you are an occasional player or you hit the links as often as you can, you should always be interested in the latest tip to lower your score. Here are some ideas that should help you improve your game.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Work on not gripping the club too tightly, because when you do so, you tighten up other parts of your body and create impediments to your swing. Be relaxed as you address the ball and grip the club in the same manner as you would shake someone's hand.
Step 2
Slow down. Many golfers tense up, which causes them to swing the club faster, and the result is an inconsistent performance. Also, increased swing speed will keep you from being able to maneuver shots and lower your score.
Step 3
Speed up. If you stand over the golf ball for a long time thinking of your mechanics, you're likely the hit a bad shot. Assess how you will hit a shot before your address, then take one waggle and hit the ball. The longer you have to think about the shot, the less likely it with turn out as you planned.
Step 4
Make sure that the first move you make on your downswing is to shift your weight to the leg closest to the target, and that your body turns towards the target during your follow-through. Also, keep your head in the same position throughout your downswing. Remember that it's not your strength that causes you to hit the golf ball a long way, it is the leverage that your swing produces. For example, if you can hold the angle created by your wrists until impact, you will most likely hit the ball farther.
Step 5
Get fit. It used to be that professional golfers spent little time getting into shape. But today, many of them spend hours each day in the gym because they realize the correlation between fitness and their performance on the golf course.
Step 6
Develop patience. Hitting a golf ball properly is one of the most challenging things you may ever do. You are encouraged to go to the driving range often, but also you can get used to your swing at home, even without a golf ball. The more you make your golf swing routine, the more likely that you will lower your score.

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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