Golfing Swing Tips

By Steve Silverman

Golf can be a complicated game. Golfers have to know when to use a wood club to hit the ball a long distance, which club to use from 150 yards, how to swing from the bunker and what kind of strategy to play on a windy day. There are dozens of variables that golfers have to take into account in every round they play. However, the more complicated the game gets, it usually comes down to two or three factors. The most basic of those is how well you swing the golf clubs and there are always simple tips that the golfer can keep in the front of his mind.

The grip

Golfers need a solid grip in order to hit the ball well. Take your left hand and put it at the top of the shaft. Place the small finger of your right hand into the space between the forefinger and the middle finger of your left hand. Make sure your thumbs are in alignment down the shaft of your club.
Grip the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. You don't want to hold the club any tighther because it will prevent you from getting the ideal rotation on your swing.

Firm left side

Keep your left side firm when you hit the golf ball. You should not have any bend in your left elbow at all during the backswing, downswing or followthrough. The straighter you can keep your left arm and the firmer you can keep your left side (rib cage and left leg) the better chance you have of hitting a long shot that is accurate.

Finish your swing

Many golfers at all levels of play have a tendency to quit on their shots shortly after contact. This is especially true when a golfer faces a critical shot late in a match or tournament. The golfer wants to see how he has hit the ball so he does not follow through adequately and lifts his head to follow the flight of the ball. This will cost a golfer accuracy and distance. Finish with your hands high so your club is at shoulder level.

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.

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