5 Coolest Golf Swing Tips
5 Coolest Golf Swing Tips
These golf tips will almost definitely improve your golf game – this article 5 coolest golf swing tips keeps it simple and easy to follow. Because golf is a truly rewarding and very satisfying game enjoyed and played by millions of people around the world, the armies of men, women and today’s younger generation tread the fairways week in and week out searching for the holy grail for their golf game, in this article I want to shed some light on the basics of the game and make it easier to understand and enjoy.
Golf can be a very frustrating game at times, the mechanics with a good golf swing can be very complex and often difficult to replicate, copious amounts of money are spent by avid golfers trying to improve their game each year, from the latest training aids, books, videos and materials, all in the hope that they will end up with a swing like a seasoned tour professional.
Whilst a lot of the tuition material can be beneficial, until you learn the basics of a good golf swing your golf will never improve and your overall game will suffer, this digital book has been written with you in mind, keeping it simple and easy to understand and hopefully improve your game over time.
Instead of filing your head with loads of technical data I want to explain each part of the golf swing, breaking it down into small chunks so you can fully understand the basic fundamentals of maintaining a decent repeatable golf swing.
With all of this taken into account before you trudge off to the driving range or golf course to put these recommendations into practice, you cannot start off your golf game with a bad golf grip, with a correct golf grip you have at least a chance of improving your golf game, so we are going to start off with the golf grip.
Starting with your shorter clubs, hit several balls with each club, writing down the average distances in your notebook. Work your way up to the driver, but do not rush it— take your time and get some accurate averages. This information will be invaluable later. As you go through your clubs, note how you hit each one.
Is there a particular club you are having trouble with? Jot it down, along with the specifics of the problem. Every golfer who is struggling with his or her game should focus on keeping the ball in play when hitting off the tee. We all love distance, especially off the tee, but accuracy is more important right now.
As you step up onto the tee, take a moment to look down the fairway and choose a target within your capabilities. Using the distance information you gathered at the range, choose the club that will get you closest to your target. When you set up, look at your grip and make sure you have the right posture for the club you are using.
If you are using your driver, place your feet shoulder-width apart and position the ball just off your left heel. Make sure your head is positioned behind the ball until impact.
Regardless of which club you are using on the tee, do not try to rip through the ball using your arm muscles, as that will lead to a poor shot. Instead, use a smooth, deliberate golf swing to create club head speed. That is the key to achieving good distance.
The Set Up and Basic Golf Swing – Starting with the Golf Grip
A golf swing is a process, with each action leading to the next. When all of the elements are performed correctly, the end result is a good, solid golf shot.
The opposite is true as well. If your set up is not correct, your chances of hitting a good shot are reduced. So, your set up is the key to a good, solid golf shot and swing.
The Grip Many of the most common golf mistakes—including the dreaded hook and slice—are the result of the player not holding the club correctly. If your golf shots have been veering left, right, or in directions you were not planning, check your grip. When your grip is off, your shot will be off, too. Your grip should be neutral–not too strong or too weak. The best way to check this is to look down at your hands as you hold your club in your normal stance. For most golfers, a neutral grip will show at least two knuckles on the left hand, sometimes three. You should not see more than three knuckles. If you do not see two or three knuckles when looking at your grip, rotate your hands— not your club shaft, just your hands—until you do. Your left thumb should be running down the top of the shaft, if using the overlap grip. When you look at your grip, you should see a “V” formed on the right hand, between the index fingers and the thumb. This “V” should be pointing at your right shoulder. If it is not, make adjustments until it is. Golfers often find that this simple hand adjustment will cure their hook, slice, or other problem. Another very common grip problem involves tightness. Your grasp on the club should be medium-level, at most. Holding the club too tightly will restrict your movements
There is always a lot written about the golf grip on the internet sometimes good and sometimes bad, but these images have been inserted to figure out the best one for you.
The golf grip can really be broken down into three grips most commonly used by today’s golfer, that being the overlapping grip, the interlocking grip and the baseball grip (Not Shown below) which is very rarely used, some will argue there are others but for the purpose of this article let’s keep it simple and work with the three as previously mentioned.
The overlapping grip is the most common amongst the world’s leading professionals on all the world tours from the PGA, European and fringe tours around the globe, however in the amateur golfing ranks the interlocking would be the most favoured because it makes it feel like you have a tighter firmer hold on the club, that is my personal opinion, but having played with far more amateur golfers in my playing career the interlocking grip seems and appears to be the most popular. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus use the interlocking grip so a pretty good due to replicate.
Complete Grip Interlocking Grip Overlapping Grip
You will see in the full grip front on image above that I am showing two knuckles minimum on the left hand and the ‘V’ on my right hand pointing towards my left shoulder. If you can get this bit right the rest of the golf swing will flow from this.
Alignment, posture and low hands
Alignment and posture is crucial for all golf shots, including putting. The first step to proper alignment is target selection. Your target will depend on the type of shot you are making. The best place to make this decision is from behind the ball.
Once you have chosen your target, the next step is to place your club head on the ground, in line with the target, as you begin the other steps of your address posture.
If you watch a professional playing, you will often see him or her set the club face first and then go into their address stance. This is an effective strategy and one you should incorporate into your game right away.
Now, you can begin to take your stance by aligning your shoulders, hips, and feet on a line just left of the target line. Avoid the temptation to “shut the face” of the club. This happens when the club face is pointing directly at the target and your body is aligned directly at the target, usually resulting in a hook.
Posture In golfing terms, posture is comprised of several parts of the body, adjusted for the specific purpose of making an effective golf swing. Correct posture during set up is critical to a good hit. If any component of your posture is wrong, your shot will suffer. It is that simple.
This is a good posture with your spine straight instead of arching
Once you have worked on your posture you must ensure your hands are in the low position, to get the feel of where your hands should naturally fall get yourself in the correct posture position, then left your hands hang naturally, with the two images below you will see low hands which is good and high out stretched hands that are not good:
Low Hands High Hands
Having low hands will enable you to achieve a much better swing, plus it is a lot easier to make a good solid golf swing if your hands are low at address of the golf ball.
Another way to tell if your hands are in the correct position and that you are also standing the correct distance from the ball, try this drill and let a club fall onto the upper part of your leg, if you are in the correct position the grip at the end of your club should fall between your knee and hip, image below:
Ball position is also important to posture. Because you cannot move the ball to fit your posture, you have to set your posture to fit the ball and the type of shot you are making. When playing your short irons, it is best to have the ball in the middle of your stance.
This allows for the descending type of blow you want to put on the ball. When playing your fairway woods and long irons, position yourself so the ball is just to the left of your centre line.
This puts the ball a little closer to your left foot than your right. When using your driver or any of the longer fairway woods, position the ball more or less in line with your left heel.
To practice this drills and to work out where your ball position should be in relation to your stance, use some training sticks as featured in the below image, these can easily be stored in your golf bag whether you are practicing on the range or on a practice round on the golf course:
The above images outline an approx. ball position for a 7 iron.
Do not move your head!
How many times have we all heard that one? The truth is, you cannot make a good golf swing without moving your head. What experts mean when they tell you to keep your head still is to refrain from lifting your head or allowing head movement to move you out of your posture position.
If you try to keep your head perfectly still, you will lose much of the power your body generates during the swing process. It is fine for your head to move slightly as you make your swing—the trick is making sure it stays behind the ball, from start to impact.
The Basic Golf Swing Once you have positioned your body correctly for the type of shot you are making, it is time to hit the ball. Let’s take a look at the basic golf swing process.
The Takeaway As you begin to bring the club back, keep your arms straight. Your left arm should remain straight throughout the swing, but your right arm will bend at the elbow once it reaches waist level.
You need to practice on making a 45 degree angle between your left arm and the golf club, but always maintaining that straight left arm.
If you are making a full golf swing, try to bring the club back until it is parallel with the ground, or as far back as you can. Some shorter golf shots require less than a full swing, and you will need to bring the club back only as far as those shots dictate, this is what we called a controlled distance shot.
One of the keys to a successful back swing is allowing your body’s pivot motion to work in tandem with the weight shift required for a powerful shot. As you get into your backswing, try to shift your weight smoothly to your right side. Do not sway.
Your right hip should not go past your right foot. Your right shoulder will begin to point upwards as the left shoulder moves downward. Keep your head behind the ball, but allow it to move horizontally.
In a smooth back swing, your hips and back will move together. Avoid rotating your hips too much. If you achieve a natural position, this will take care of itself. If you feel yourself forcing it, you are going too far.
At the top of your back swing, pause and then move smoothly into your down swing. Many golfers make the big mistake of allowing their hands to begin the down swing, which only leads to trouble. Instead, allow your hips to start the process.
The downswing begins as your left hip shifts your weight onto your left foot. When done properly, the process flows naturally from hips, to shoulders, to arms, to club. This is critical to gaining the maximum club head speed for long drives and fairway shots.
A lot of golfers dismiss the importance of the follow through. A good follow through is essential for all golf shots, not just drives. Once you hit the ball, allow your hips to continue to pivot, your arms and shoulders following naturally. In a full golf swing, you want your eyes, shoulders, chest, and hips to face your target.
Let’s be honest, most golfers love to drive the ball. It’s fun and exciting and when we deliver a great shot, well, it just looks good. But for many golfers, tee shots are more troublesome than joyful.
Stance is the position of your feet as you address the ball. For most golf shots, your feet should be in alignment with the target. There are three types of stances you can take when addressing the ball.
Learning how to use each stance to your advantage can significantly improve your game. The Square Stance This is the most common stance, used when you want to fire off a straight shot, often regarded as the basic stance. Perfecting the square stance is crucial to a good golf game.
Image of a good stance, posture, ball alignment and low hands!
With the square stance, your feet are aimed just left of the target so that if you drew a line from just left of the target to the toes of your shoes, all three points would connect.
The Open Stance
The open stance is when your left foot is pulled back (back toward your rear). The rest of your body, including your shoulders, will stay square. This stance is important for certain shots, such as sand play and chipping.
Taking an open stance will cause the ball to fly to the right. If done deliberately, this is called a draw. If done by mistake, it is a slice. The Closed Stance a closed stance is when the left foot is moved forward.
This position is often the reason for hooking the ball, as it causes an inside to outside swing path. The Width of Your Stance The distance between your feet is also important, and often varies between shots.
For most golfers, the stance should never be more than shoulder-width, which is the driver stance for most players.
Hooks, slices, shanked balls–we have all had our share of shots gone wrong. In this section, I’ll show you how to correct them. Not all tee shots are performed with the driver.
Each hole demands its own club, which increases the importance of proper club selection. Buy a small notebook that will fit in your golf bag. It is virtually impossible to select the right club for your tee shot if you do not know the distance you hit each club.
In your notebook, jot down each club you carry, starting with your driver and going down to your wedges. In between rounds you will need to visit the driving range at least once a week to perfect your golf swing.
Now that you have a notebook in your bag with your distance readings, your approach shots should become easier in some respects. One of the most troubling issues for many golfers on the fairway is distance. In some cases, club selection is based more on guesswork than on facts.
When it comes to distance on the fairway, the two issues we face are: How far am I from my target? How far can I hit each club? With your notes, you have already solved one of these questions.
Unless you have become very good at judging distances, you’ll probably need some help with this aspect of the game. If possible, buy or borrow a range finder to help you become more astute at gauging distances from the fairway. It’s very important to be able to estimate distances correctly.
Let’s say you approximate that you are 200 yards from the green and you know (from your distance notes) that 200 yards is an easy shot with some particular club in your bag. You take out the club and deliver a well-performed shot, but the ball lands well short of the green. Your first assumption may be that your swing is off.
Next, you may suspect that you picked the wrong club. In reality, you may have made a mistake in your distance measurement—what you thought was 200 yards may have been 220. Instead of recognizing the problem of an incorrect distance estimate, you may blame your swing or club selection.
This can lead to even more problems and confusion. Becoming an effective and accurate distance reader is vital to making your approach shots.
Here are some tips on maximizing your efforts when you are between 100 and 200 yards from the green. If you believe you can reach the green, find the pin location. This is very important if the green has a lot of break to it, or if it has a bunker up close to where the pin is located.
For this shot, select a club that will allow for a full golf swing rather than a fractional swing. Once they have a good swing down, most players will make better contact with a full swing.
The more distance there is between you and the green, the more you should try to land on the centre or the widest section of the green. At a minimum, you’ll want to get the ball on the green. Before making your shot, take a second to consider the green conditions.
Hard, dry greens will often run the ball fast and long, while damp or wet greens may restrict the ball from rolling much at all. Plan your landing zone based on what the green will do to the ball.
The last thing to do before choosing your club is to check the wind. You may need to add or drop a club depending on the force and direction of the wind.
If you would like more tips on the grip and various parts of the game of golf here is an article I wrote about golf swing basics CLICK HERE.
I hope that you have taken something out of this article on 5 coolest golf swing tips and as always if you have any comments please leave them below and I would be glad to respond.
In the meantime keep hitting them straight!