Golf Swing Tips: Part 4

Published 08/09/2009 11:46:00

In this fourth part of our Golf Swing Tips series, we discuss many aspects of the complete golf swing. Are you keeping up? Part three of this guide is available here.


Functional is better than pretty

Your swing doesn't have to look good in order to be effective, according to Lee Trevino in Swing My Way. He says: "I developed a swing that isn't the prettiest thing you'll ever see, but I think it's the most functional golf swing around."


Two balls are better than one

If you have trouble "quitting" on the shot - and plenty of people do - then imagine you're hitting not one ball, but two. The imaginary second ball should be about 10-20 inches (depending on what club you're hitting - further for bigger clubs) in front of the proper ball on the throughswing. Make sure it is in line with the actual ball.

Now try and hit this imaginary ball. This drill will make sure you extend your arms and club properly through impact.


Turn your left shoulder behind the ball

Tom Kite says "After you set up with good posture and are in balance, I encourage your to try and make a big shoulder turn.

"What I try and do is turn my left shoulder behind the ball. Picture a pane of glass coming straight up from the ball vertically, then at the top of the swing you want to have your entire left shoulder back behind that pane of glass. Don't be afraid to let your shoulder get behind the ball."


Swing through hands - not with them

Rather than feeling as though you're swinging the club with your hands, try to think of yourself swinging the club through your hands. What does this really mean? Here we are trying to place the emphasis on the fact that the hands are doing nothing more than gripping the golf club correctly.


Left left heel if turn is restricted

If you feel your turn is restricted by keeping your left heel planted on the ground, then naturally let it lift up slightly on the backswing to improve your ability to turn. But remember not to overdo it or you will lose balance and rhythm in your swing.


Kick left knee to target to start downswing

Most amateur golfers fail to use their legs properly, especially in the downswing. A good way to combat this is to kick your left knee towards the target as you start down. This automatically gets your weight moving onto your left side through the ball.


Let your wrists hinge a little for width

Butch Harmon believes that two of his star pupiles - Tiger Woods and Davis Love III - run into trouble when their swing arc becomes too wide in the takeaway. Harmon maintains than while you should push your right hand as far as possible from your head at the top of the backswing, with your right elbow bent about 90 degrees, this is easier to achieve if you have a gentle wrist hinge on the backswing.


Left arm guides, right hand hits

The left arm and hand control the swing, while the right hand is used to apply power in the downswing and through impact.


Don't watch the clubhead

Never watch the clubhead move away in the first few feet of the backswing - this means your head is moving (your head follows your eyes, you can't help it) and you'll have too many moving parts to fix to get your clubhead square for impact.


Launch off the right foot in the downswing

You should feel a certain amount of tension on the inside of your back thigh and inside of your back foot at the top of your backswing. If you keep your right foot totally grounded at the top of the backswing, you have a firm platform that you can push against to start a poweful downswing.


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