Secrets to a Consistent Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

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Every golfer wants to have a consistent golf swing. That holds true of the high handicapper who is struggling to break 100 as well as the scratch golfer who wants to win the club championship. All golfers make mistakes with their grip, their stance and their swing and these mistakes tend to pop up when tension and anxiety are the highest.

Check Your Stance

Golfers tend to get sloppy with their stance when they need to make a big shot. For example, you could be tied in your match on the 18th hole and in need of a big drive to get over the bunker down the right side of the fairway. In order to get a little extra power, you angle your left foot in order to promote a fuller swing. That's fine and it makes sense. However, if you open up your shoulder as well you won't get the distance nor will your shot go straight. Make sure your shoulder is facing your target and does not open up.

Drive with Your Hips

The hips need to be the engine driving your swing. Everything else must follow. That includes the knees, the legs, the hands and shoulders. As soon as anything else starts to go at a faster speed than your hips -- usually your hands -- that's trouble on a golf swing. If you want to swing harder, drive your hips through the ball and let your hands follow.

Full Finish

When your golf game is in its crucial moment, that's when you tend to forget your fundamentals. If you go to the fourth tee after a good start to your match, you can probably keep your head down as you follow through and your hands will finish nice and high. However, if you need a big fairway shot on the 17th hole or a huge drive on the final hole, will you keep your head down and will you finish your shot or will you pick your head up or stop your swing in order to admire your shot. Finish your shot with your hands at shoulder height.

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.