The Best Swing Tips to Become a Better Golfer

By Paul Marchand

The Best Swing Tips to Become a Better Golfer

You know, a good golf swing looks easy, there is nothing to it right? You just take it back and hit it. Well, we know it is not exactly like that. It takes a lot of time and effort, even for the world’s greatest players, to have good golf swings. They have been at it for a long time by the time we see them on Tour. They have been playing their whole lives from junior golf on. Now how do you get a good golf swing?

The Process Behind a Great Swing

As an instructor, I think one of the most important points that I can make is that there is a process, and understanding that process is so helpful to incorporating good instruction so that you can actually make a change. What is that process? First of all, we need to understand the information, whether it be a tip or a lesson, what does it mean? Sounds simple enough, but can I take a test and write it down on a piece of paper? Most of the time it is pretty easy to get through this stage.

Visualize Your Swing

The second part of it is can I picture how that motion will effect my swing, can I picture it in my head? The third part would be the actual movement, the motor skill of a golf swing relies on motion. Can I make that movement happen or not? So taking practice swings without hitting a ball is actually a very important step in incorporating a tip or lesson into the swing—even before I hit to see how the ball does.

Swing Muscle Memory

We all want to have improved ballflight, but to have the correct motion, that is what makes the improvement. It takes a lot of practice swings, even without the ball, to understand the feeling. So understand the information, picture it and try to make the motion. I do not know a good player that does not take a lot of practice swings at home, standing in front of a mirror, trying to sense the feeling.

Am I doing what I am think I am doing? Over time, that will help you take that information and put it into a motion. Over a period of improved movements, your golf swing has the proper motion. Practice swings when you are hitting are so important. If I stand out there for an hour and just hit a whole lot of balls but I haven't incorporated the feel of the motion, I haven't spent good time. So use your time wisely, have a better swing by going through the process of learning golf.

Category: Practice
Sub-Category: Psychology, Swing Mechanics
About the Instructor
Paul Marchand
Paul Marchand
Shadow Hawk Golf Club
12900 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77469

Paul Marchand is an instructor to Fred Couples and was Assistant Captain to the U.S. 2000 President's Cup Team. He is also listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers.


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