Top Tips To Improve Your Golf Swing
One of the most hotly discussed topics in the
golfing world is based around the most effective golf swing. There
are opinions aplenty, and even scientific data, to formulate the
optimum stance, trajectory and club grip.
Some players will even list “rules” for how a golf swing should look and the internet is full of “how to” illustrations and videos. And yet, after golf clothing, the golf swing is probably the most personal choice a player makes at any level. As author John Updike said:
“the golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.”
So, here are the top tips that every golfer can use to improve their swing...
Take advice but don’t try to copy anyone else’s golf swing. As already mentioned: it’s a personal thing. A golf swing is your own. It’s a matter of preference, body type, level of fitness and your own ambition.
If you're aiming for professional status and global acclaim on the competitive circuit, you’ve got a lot of work to do. However, if your ambition is to be a competent golfer who thoroughly enjoys his or her game, then your swing is central but not crucial. So, take some pressure off yourself and relax.
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For all the concentration, positioning and posturing, the most important element of the golf swing is when the club makes contact with the ball. You can spend hours arranging and rearranging your body and its relationship to your club. But the focus should always remain on that split second of impact.If your club face makes contact square, with force, at the right angle, you’ve cracked it. Simple! So, don’t overthink everything else.
expect the unexpected
If you map the pattern of professional golfers, then the percentage of swings they make that are “perfect” is probably shockingly low. Golf swings can be affected by so many variables. So, one of the best tips is to be ready to tweak things according to the weather, the course you’re playing, how stiff you are that day and many other factors.
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It may sound obvious but it’s surprising how many golfers don’t put their whole body into their swing. Arnold Palmer summed it up “to a tee” when he urged golfers to “swing your swing”. It’s a flowing movement that should be reminiscent of a well-oiled hinge.
If it Feels Natural, Don’t Fight it
Once you’ve taken full advantage of the wealth of advice on stance, trajectory and the positioning of your hands, and you’ve practised each method, you need to then pick the one that feels most natural to you.
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The conclusion to all the advice, tips and
demonstrations comes from Jack Nicklaus, widely believed to be the
greatest golfer in history: “A golfer should always stay with what
has become natural.”
Of course, a good swing is nothing if you don't have the right equipment.
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