Golf is a sport for all ages and ability levels, and can be a thoroughly enjoyable game, but only if you know how to play it well. It requires patience and persistence, as well as knowledge of the proper mechanics of the swing. This article will reveal the solutions to common swing problems so you can make birdie after birdie on the links. Read on to learn how to get a better golf swing.
You cannot build a house without a strong foundation. Similarly, you cannot hit the ball straight and far without a strong stance. Your stance is one of the most crucial aspects of your golf swing, but maintaining that stance comfortably throughout your swing is imperative. Assuming you already have correct foot alignment (whichever alignment you know works for you) it is important that you stay in a positive rhythm before and as you hit the ball.
You are supposed to address the ball in your set-up, but do not look at the ball until you have checked your feet are in a comfortable position. To achieve this, rock side-to-side in your stance, shifting your weight distribution so it is about sixty-five percent on one foot, then sixty-five on the other. This routine allows you to settle into your stance, and you should be feeling the ground beneath your feet. Done right before every swing, this routine will be your baseline comfort level and should clear your mind on every shot you take. To maintain a positive tempo, do not waste time standing over the ball. If you spend too much time thinking about the shot you are about to make, your body will not do what it needs to do.
If distance is your problem on the golf course, you should work on better incorporating your whole body into the swing. Your arms and wrists are the parts leading the club to the ball, but you get real power from the torque generated from your hips turning. The muscles in your legs and trunk are some of the strongest in your body, so why not put them to use? Do not by shy about generating power: have a firm foothold and use that grip to rotate your hips, torso, and shoulders through the ball.
Making proper contact with the ball is not the last piece of your swing. Rather, your follow-through on the ball is very important to the ball’s flight. Many amateur golfers fail to follow through on their swings, which result often in erratic, inconsistent shots. The key here is to swing through the ball, as if it were not even there. Imagine the flag in the distance as your target, align your body with the target, and aim your swing at the target, but “allow the ball to get in the way” of your swing. Such a method sounds counterintuitive at first, but on the links this approach will force you to take your club head the whole way through the ball, as opposed to just striking it. Not only will this generate more power, it will increase your accuracy and result in more true shots.
Hopefully these tips will go a long way in improving your golf game. The advice given above will encourage you to explore more aspects of your swing and help you become the best player you can be. Remember that golf is both a beautiful and a frustrating game, so try to find the tips that work best for you and have fun on the course. Happy golfing!