Golf Swing Help

By James Roland
A golf professional can help you improve your swing.
A golf professional can help you improve your swing.

A golf swing might seem like a simple act, but dozens of things can go wrong that can turn your swing into a train wreck. If you know how to grip the club, address the ball and the basic mechanics of a swing, paying attention to some of the following bits of advice should help you make that swing consistently good. Of course, the most important tips to follow are to practice frequently and be aware of what you're doing, right down to the rotation of your hips and the way you grip the club. If you know how it feels to hit a good shot, you're on your way to duplicating that same swing every time.

Lesson

The surest way to get at a problem golf swing is to have someone who knows golf swing mechanics take a look at what you're doing. Call golf courses in your area for information about individual or even group lessons. Your local golf pro may see right away what's wrong with your back swing, hip rotation, stance, or whatever it is that needs help.

Keep your Eyes Down

Keep your eye on the ball is probably the oldest, most quoted advice in sports. However, in golf, it can be one of the hardest to put into practice because we're always too quick to look up and see where the ball is going to go. Force yourself to lock your eyes in on the ball like a laser, and you'll immediately see improvement.

Keep your Head Up

Keep your head and spine in alignment. Make sure your chin is up so your front shoulder can move underneath it on your back swing. It's a little adjustment, but it's a common mistake, especially among beginning golfers.

Slow Down

Don't rush your swing, because a hard, fast swing is bound to have less control than a slow, sure attempt. Take your club head back gently. Hold the club at the top for a moment, then swing down easily so that your body and hands are in control. Let the club head do most of the work.

Maintain Balance

Keep your feet about shoulder width apart for most shots, but be sure not to stand too far from the ball. You also want to make sure that, as you turn during your downward swing, your front leg is planted firmly and not bent at the knee or leaning toward your target.

About the Author

James Roland is the editor of a monthly health publication that has approximately 75,000 subscribers in the United States and Canada. Previously, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, covering issues ranging from the environment and government to family matters and education. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

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