The Golfer's Cheat SheetInto the Rough > Golf Features
Published 11/02/2009 21:35:06
Having a bad day on the course? Want to quickly fix a fault with your swing without going to see your golf tutor? Consult this handy cheat sheet for quick fixes to the most common golf swing problems.
- Make sure that your grip is not too weak.
- Practise swinging the club from inside to outside the ball-to-target line through impact.
- Make a wide takeaway and concentrate on releasing your hands through impact.
- Do not aim to the left.
- Make sure that your grip is not too strong.
- Try to ensure that your arms and body rotate at the same speed.
- Make sure that your hands do not release too soon i.e. before impact.
- Do not aim to the right.
- Make sure that your clubface is aiming directly at the target.
- Set your body square to the ball-to-target line.
- Concentrate on completing your body turn on both the backswing and throughswing.
- Ensure that your clubface and body are aligned to the target.
- AS your address the ball use just your right hand to hold the club to prevent your shoulders from closing.
- Hold the club up at address to check where the face is pointing.
Lack of power
- Stretch your upper and lower body to improve your flexibility.
- Start your downswing by dropping your hands straight down.
- Accelerate your hands steadily through the downswing.
- Waggle the club at address to relieve tension.
Fatting and thinning
- Make sure that your weight moves on to your right side during the backswing.
- Drive your weight on to your left side through impact.
- Ensure that your head does not dip or lift before you have struck the ball.
- At address make sure that your weight is not too far forward i.e. on the ends of your toes.
- Do not move your weight towards the ball through the downswing.
- Make sure that your arms do not move too far away from your body as you attack the ball.
Struggling under pressure
- Breathe slowly and deliberately to relieve any built-up tension.
- Set a positive mental outlook by visualising your shot before playing it.
- Concentrate on one key swing thought.
- Do not pause unnecessarily at address as tension will build up.
Poor ball striking
- Work on establishing a solid set-up position.
- Try to maintain your balance, and do not hit the ball too hard.
- Make sure that your arms and body swing in harmony through the downswing.
- Make a series of practice swings with your eyes shut.
Bad distance control
- Use yardage markers and a course planner to help you pick the perfect distance.
- Pay careful atention to the weather conditions.
- Consider where the trouble surrounding the greens lies - if it is all at the front, take one extra club.
- Widen your stance to provide extra stability.
- Move the ball back in your stance to ensure a crisp contact.
- Think smart and play within yourself; do not try to pull of a miraculous shot every time.
- Keep your grips dry and your studs clean.
1. All my golf shots to really bad right, its really putting me off golf for good, it mostly only happens when I have my driver in my hand but thats when I loose 2 or 3 shots to try and get the ball out of the trees after hitting it so far right
comment by Tracey - 12/02/2009 20:36
2. Some good advice but would like to see a PDF version, any chance?
comment by Hobgoblin - 25/03/2010 09:37
3. Copy and paste to a word processor. I did this in columns, and placed it on the back of the scorecards I give to my team to record their scores and stats as their round advances. Great info!
comment by Coach - 30/03/2010 19:27