Tips on a Golf Swing

By Bill Herrfeldt

Of the hundreds of golf tips that appear in thousands of books and videos about how to improve your game, there are three of them that are usually mentioned. That's because they are basics to the average swing, and if a golfer were to do nothing but perfect these three techniques, he would see almost instant improvement in his game.

Turn Your Hips and Shoulders

So many golfers play the game with only their arms, forgetting to use their bodies to the best advantage. When they swing in this manner, they are reducing the distance they are capable of producing. If that is a problem for you, listen up. When you take the club back, make sure that your shoulders turn with your arms so that at the top of your swing, your shoulders are as close to perpendicular with the ground as possible. To explain another way, at the top of your swing, your right shoulder should be above your left after your having turned them as close to 90 degrees as you can. And to accomplish this, your hips should twist about half that amount with only a little lateral motion. This may be a big departure for you if you have been swinging with just your arms, but soon, it will pay huge dividends.

Keep Your Head Steady

To increase their distance, many golfers sway away from the target on the backswing and toward the target when they bring the club back. But instead of hitting the golf ball longer, the reverse is true for many of them. By doing this, they fail to create the tension between their arms and lower bodies that is necessary if they want to hit the golf ball longer. Instead of swaying, it's best to keep your head in one position throughout your swing, preferably just behind the ball, and strike the ball with a firm left side. You will find that by keeping your head steady, it will be easier for you to rotate your bottom hand over your top one at impact, and that will lead to both great length and greater accuracy.

Adjust Your Grip

If you grip the golf club with your hands rotated clockwise so that you see the majority of the back of your top hand, you are said to have a "strong grip." And if your thumbs are more on top of the golf club and you see little of the back of your top hand, it's called a "weak grip." With a strong grip, you will tend to overrotate your hands at the bottom of your swing and hook the ball. You may even hit many shots that don't get off the ground. But if your grip is weak, you will most likely leave the face of your club open and produce a fade or slice. If you suffer from either, simply move your hands either clockwise or counterclockwise to create a more "neutral grip." Unless your golf swing has other errors that need correcting, you will begin hitting the ball straighter and more consistently if you make this small adjustment to your grip.

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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