How Can I Correct My Golf Swing?

By Sharon Penn
Always a good idea to ask your local golf pro for some instruction when you need help finding your swing.
Always a good idea to ask your local golf pro for some instruction when you need help finding your swing.

Golf is a game, after all, and you should have fun when you are out on the course. That is hard to do if you are not getting the distance and accuracy you expect on your golf shots. Don't despair, though--you can improve your golf swing. The key is to discover what you are doing wrong, get professional instruction on how to correct your swing flaws, and invest time into practice for consistent results.

Take a lesson if you are having a problem with your swing. You don’t want to groove an incorrect motion that will take longer to correct. A good golf professional may be able to spot the problem and straighten out your swing with a few tips and pointers.

Videotape and analyze your swing with a golf pro. In golf as with other things in life, a picture is worth a thousand words. You may have to see for yourself that you are not making a full shoulder turn or following through. You can also watch videos of a correct golf swing online.

Write down the main points of your golf lessons, then go to the driving range and practice until you get it right. The goal is to develop “muscle memory” for the correct swing so it becomes automatic. If you feel overwhelmed with information, concentrate on one or two corrections at a time.

Concentrate on your swing when you get out on the course. Follow a “preshot routine” before you address the ball. Look at the flag, assess the hole and be comfortable that you have selected the correct club. Check your grip to make sure your club is lying between the first and second joint of the index finger all the way back to the pinkie finger. Place the heel of the hand on top of the club with the thumb toward the back. Make sure the clubface is aimed at the flag, and square your feet, shoulders and hips to the pin. For a tee shot, place the ball forward toward your front foot.

Release tension in your arms and keep your knees soft or slightly bent as you begin the shoulder rotation for the takeaway. As your left arm approaches the point where it is parallel to the ground, your wrists should be cocked to a 90 degree angle, and your weight shifted to the back leg. Move the left knee to the flag to begin the downswing and allow your weight to shift to your left side. Hold the wrist hinge until impact. Extend your arms so that the club and your left arm are straight as you hit the ball. Make sure to follow through with your left foot down and the right heel up as you finish the shot.

About the Author

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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