How Can I Improve My Golf Swing?

By Steve Silverman

One of the keys to the game of golf is that it is a very fluid experience. Your game is always changing and evolving. The best golfers realize this and are constantly making changes and tinkering with their swing in order to show improvement on the course. It could be with their address, it could be with the grip, it could be with any part of the swing including the follow through. Change is a constant for the improving golfer.

Address change

You can make a small change in the way you stand at address. Your left shoulder needs to be facing the target. That part does not change. But you can make a slight change with your left foot in order to get more power. Angle that foot out a few degrees in order to get more power. This is especially effective when you are teeing off. That slight angle to your front foot will promote more of a hip turn and a follow through.

Grip adjustment

When you are standing over the ball as you prepare to hit it, check your grip. In order to promote more power in your swing, make a slight change in your grip. Turn your left hand a few degrees to the right so that you can see the knuckles on your left hand. This will give you a little more quickness on the downswing which will help you hit the ball further.

Right-hand release

As you begin your downswing and come through the ball, you have cleared the hitting zone with your hips. Now it's about your hands coming through the ball. Most golfers realize that the left hand is the lead hand and does most of the work on the approach to the ball. However, at the critical moment of impact, the right hand takes over and snaps through the hitting zone. It also promotes the follow through up to shoulder height. A significant release with the right hand will give you more distance and help keep your shot on course.

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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