Simple Golf Swing Tips

By Bill Herrfeldt
Learning the right way to swing can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.
Learning the right way to swing can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Look to anyone who has played the game, and he will offer tips on your swing that have helped him with his own. Couple that with the thousands of books and tapes that have been put together by professional teachers, and you can soon become overwhelmed with so much advice. So in all this advice, what are the three things that you will consider most helpful as you try to improve your golf swing? They may be factors that you haven't considered in depth before.

Takeaway

The problems many players face with their swings start at the beginning or "takeaway." These problems will carry forward to the remainder of their swings and result in less-than-perfect shots. Because of the complexity of the golf swing, it's difficult to pick the portion of their bodies that should be affected first during the takeaway because it's not that one portion but all parts of the body that come into play. Since that's the case, golfers need a trigger to get all parts of the body to become coordinated at the beginning of the swing. A helpful trigger is the "forward press." Just before you take your backswing, move your hands slightly toward the target; then immediately begin taking the club back. By having a trigger, such as the forward press, you will make a swing that uses all of your body and that should result in improvement.

Address

The way an average golfer addresses the golf ball often reflects a chronic problem she has with her swing. For instance, if she slices the golf ball, she may aim farther to the left, assuming she is right-handed, to compensate for it. Unfortunately, she is likely to hit the golf ball even farther to the right because her shoulders have less time to turn, and she will not have completed the rotation of her hands, both of which will result in an open clubface. Rather than aiming more to the left, she should consider squaring up her feet directly to the target line and consciously trying to rotate her wrists and turn her shoulders so that the clubhead is square at the target at impact.

Weight Shift

Many golfers rob themselves of distance and hit more shots poorly because they do not shift their weight during the swing. Try this simple technique if this is a problem for you. Address the golf ball with your legs apart, about as wide as your shoulders, and evenly distribute your weight on both legs. At the start of your backswing, shift your weight to your leg that's farthest from the target and turn your hips slightly clockwise. Then start your downswing by moving your weight to the other leg, and turn your hips slightly counterclockwise. If you follow this simple piece of advice, you will be hitting the golf ball longer and with more accuracy.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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