Golf Swing Advice

By George N. Root III
A technically sound swing is pretty to watch.
A technically sound swing is pretty to watch.

Many people get into bad habits with their golf swing and then become convinced that their swing is fine when they make the occasional good shot. A properly working golf swing is something that should produce the desired results more often than not, so if you are not experiencing success on a regular basis with your swing, you can correct this to get better results.

Develop Good Practice Habits

When you are trying to improve your golf swing, you need to learn to practice properly when you are on the range. The way that a teacher will suggest that you practice is to start off with a routine that begins with your short irons and wedges and moves up to the driver. Stretch before you start swinging any club. Proper stretching exercises include stretching your hamstring area, your shoulder joints and your calf muscles. Starting with a wedge and working your way up to the driver when practicing helps you to learn discipline and tempo. The heavier club heads on the irons allow you to set a proper tempo until you reach the lighter driver. Focus on maintaining an even tempo during your regimented practice, and you will start to develop good swing habits that will carry over to your round.

Keep Your Arm Straight

One of the most common mistakes golfers make in regards to their swing is that they do not concentrate on keeping their anchor arm straight on their back swing and on through contact. If you are right-handed, then your anchor arm is your left arm; if you are left-handed, your anchor arm is your right arm. Your anchor arm is what keeps your swing straight, and it also helps to create a maximum arc that generates power on impact. If you consistently bend your anchor arm on your back swing, your club path changes and the ball will go in a variety of unpredictable directions. Keep that anchor arm straight and you can maximize control over your swing.

Keeping your anchor arm straight also creates a smooth arc when you swing the club. Aside from a proper weight shift, the arc you create when you swing your club is a primary source of power. The wider the arc, the greater the power upon impact.

Finish Your Swing

Some golfers pull up on their swing immediately after they make contact with the ball. When you ignore your follow-through, you are giving up distance and accuracy on your shot. Your follow-through puts the finishing touches on the spin of the ball and helps to determine which direction the ball goes in, and your follow-through also helps to bring more of your weight through the shot, which gives you more distance in your shot. Practice a good follow-through, and make sure that the club winds up over your shoulder when your swing is done.

About the Author

George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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