Golf Swing Tips: Part 2

Published 06/09/2009 20:54:00

In this second part of our Golf Swing Tips series, we discuss rhythm, backswing, muscles and more. Part one of this guide is available here.


Hover clubhead off the ground at address

To prevent the club from snagging or catching in the grass on the takeaway, many top players like to hover the clubhead slightly off the ground at address. 

Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are among many top players who believe that doing this not only improves their first move away from the ball, but also their swing rhythm.


Complete the backswing

Think about it - a short backswing goes hand in hand with a quick tempo (unless you're using a shorter club, obviously). Try to complete your backswing and your tempo should be perfect.

Rush the backswing, rush the shot.


Use your spine as a turning point

Try to imagine your spine as a central column, with your upper body rotating around it. The point of this is to stop your moving from side to side or up and down.

The spine is fixed, almost like a pillar, and you simply swing around it. The less moving parts you have, the most consistent your swing can become.


Head controls balance

Your head is like a gyroscope that controls the entire balance of your golf swing. 


Use your feel to square the blade at impact

Although swing tips can help you keep a square clubface at impact, nothing will help you more than learning to feel when a good shot is coming, and how to replicate it. There is no secret to square - just feel.


Don't swing at your max every time

"You will never meet a top tournament pro who swing as hard as he could physically, other than in exceptional circumstances for an occasional recovery shot," says John Jacobs in his book Play better golf with John Jacobs.

Swing within yourself and you'll maintain a better rhythm overall, you'll only lose a few yards but save plenty of golf balls!


Same rhythm with every club

Regardless of whichever club you are using, be it driver or pitching wedge, you should try to maintain the same relaxed and unhurried swing and trust the club to do its job.


Get your big muscles into the golf swing

The main sources of power in your golf swing are your hands/wrists, your arm swing and your body. Most amateurs don't use their body properly - hence they don't hit it as far as low-handicap players. Get the big muscles, like your hips, involved and see your ball go as much as 30% further.


Strength is a match for beauty

Strength in the fingers at impact, according to Henry Cotton, is far more important than a graceful looking swing. If you don't believe us, take a look at John Daly's swing.


Part one of this guide is available here .


1.  sequencing, pivot/rotation and swingplane that is beautiful!

comment by bob wells - 12/10/2010 17:50

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