5 Steps to a good golf swing
"If you have a bad setup, you have already hit a bad shot." If you want proper aim you need to pick an intermediate target. If I'm standing behind my ball getting ready to pick my target I'm going to pick something in the grass about 2 feet in front of my ball i can aim my club face at. Instead of just getting up to the ball looking hundreds of yards down the fairway trying to pick a spot with the human eye, this little tip is going to 100 times more consistent and accurate. Once you have the aim correct, now you can focus on your body. Make sure you have your feet, knees, hips and shoulders lined up, as well as positioning your body the correct distance away from the ball.
A good start to the swing is essential. Start your hands, arms and shoulders back together for maximum efficiency. Don't let your hands start before the body or the body before the arms. When the club reaches parallel to the ground, hands should be about hip high and the clubhead should be in line with or just outside your hands. This means the swing is on plane, setting up solid contact and good direction.
Remember There's no such thing as the "perfect backswing" as shown in the picture on the right. The ones on tour do it from all different ways. Even though there might not the perfect backswing, there's still some things we need to focus on in order to be consistent. Stay in your address angles. If you lift out of your posture, you have to drop down the same amount before impact, or else risk making poor contact.
Keeping the right leg flexed as weight is shifting onto it ensures that the body is coiling and storing energy. When I teach I want my students club at the top of the backswing to reach parallel with the ground. This should be the furthest you want to go to keep a compact swing. That means your swing has stayed on plane, and you won't have to make any downswing compensations. "The longer the swing the more time you have to make mistakes."
The return to the ball takes only milliseconds, so make it count! Probably the number one thing i tell my students when swinging the club, "swing with your body not your arms." This means moving the club with your legs, hips, core and shoulder turn. A good indicator of power is when the lower-body turn is leading the upper-body turn. Keep your right elbow close to your body as the club moves down to make sure the club stays on an inside path to the ball. When you maintain the angle between your left arm and the shaft as you swing down, you have what's called "clubhead lag." The more you lag it, the more acceleration you'll have at the bottom of the swing, creating more clubhead speed.
One of the most important parts of the swing most people don't focus on. After impact, your arms should be fully extended toward the target. That's a sign that you've expended all of the energy you created in the backswing. All Your weight should be shifted forward firmly planted onto a stable front leg/foot. Body rotation shouldn't stop at impact. Your torso should continue turning left even as the ball flies down the fairway. Making sure you turn your body as much as possible will ensure that you get full power out of the shot. At you finish position i always like to see the body position upright. Not leaning back or off balance putting stress on the lower back and other parts of the body.
Focus on these 5 steps to improve your game and start shooting some lower numbers!
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