9 Ways to Improve Your Golf Swing and Bring Down That Handicap

by David Jenyns on August 28, 2011

  Every golfer, whether high or low handicapper, wants to better his game and the secret to improvement lies in the golf swing. We are all individuals and as such we come in all shapes and sizes. However to achieve that perfect golf swing, and send the golf ball soaring away into the distance, we have to harness our individual physical peculiarities and ensure that at the moment of impact the club head travels through the drive line and impacts the golf ball square on. Here are nine ways that your golf swing can be fine-tuned to help Bring Down that Handicap.

*    Before starting the golf swing the first basic essential is to keep your head still and look straight down at the golf ball. Many things are written and taught about the position of address relative to the ball but the position of the head is of prime importance. It should be perpendicular to your spine with your head raised slightly so that the left shoulder fits under the chin when you start the backswing. You will be unable to perform a proper golf swing with your chin tucked into your chest.

Practice addressing the golf ball, with your feet correctly positioned, your back straight and your head slightly raised whilst still looking at the ball. Practice a dozen times, your backswing and downswing without hitting the ball or following through, whilst keeping the head still. Take a rest, relax, and then repeat the exercise. Repetitive training will condition your body to automatically assume the correct posture each time you prepare to start your golf swing.

*    Relaxation is another important aid to perfecting your golf swing. Relaxation is not easy when you are striving to power the golf ball down the fairway. If however, you relax your muscles when addressing the ball, your golf swing will be that much smoother and consequently contact with the golf ball will be that much sweeter.

*    However good an address set up you have it is still important to understand the affect of hitting the golf ball with your chosen club. There are 4 main factors affecting your golf swing and knowing how to combine these to produce a good swing is essential.

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The first factor is the angle at which the clubface impacts the ball. A square on hit will propel the golf ball, without spin, straight down the fairway. Anything off of square will put spin on the ball and cause it to hook or slice.

*    Secondly the vertical angle of the club head to the ball will affect the flight path height. Anything other than 90 degrees to the horizontal will cause the golf ball to fly high or stay low; either way the result will be loss of distance.

*    Every golf club has a so called sweet spot. This is the optimum point on the club head that gives driving accuracy and distance. The size of the sweet spot varies with different golf club manufacturers and obviously the larger the sweet spot the easier it is to strike the golf ball well. The main point here however is to ensure that at address you align the ball with the centre of the sweet spot.

*    The next important factor is the speed of your golf swing as the club impacts the ball. Speed equals power but this is not dependent solely on body strength. Flexibility, timing and movement of the upper body through the downswing play a great part in successfully striking the golf ball. Do not depend on shoulders and arms alone; accuracy and distance do not come this way.

*    Following on from the last point it becomes apparent that to gain flexibility in your golf swing it is necessary to have more control over your body and a simple exercise regime should be followed to gain this control. The more control you have over your muscles allows you more relaxation and confidence during the golf swing which in turn leads to more control over your mind. We all know that golf is very much a game played in the mind.

Simple golf specific weight training will enable you to strengthen your muscles and improve functional strength and automatically gain more control and balance. We are not talking here about becoming the next Arnie Schwarzenegger; just a tone up to improve your general wellbeing which in turn will greatly assist your golf.

*    If you are able to follow some simple golf specific weight training the main benefit will be found in your golf swing drill when addressing the golf ball.

To execute a good golf swing drill you start by swinging the golf club right back as far as your body allows. Obviously the older you are, the less flexible you become and you will not be able to achieve the back swing of your youth.

Having achieved your maximum back swing the drill moves to the down swing. Start this by transferring your weight easily from the back to the front foot as you swing the club with your hips, upper legs and then knees all moving forward.

The ideal golf swing is completed with the body weight on the outside of the front heel and the front of the rear foot.

If you carry out simple golf specific weight training as outlined in the previous tip your body will be better prepared to complete the perfect golf swing drill.

*    You hear a lot about club speed and how important it is in achieving those long drives. Many of us are guilty of trying to hit the cover off of the golf ball. We get a great feeling of satisfaction when we make, what at first may seem to be a tremendous strike. Then seconds later we look up in dismay to see the golf ball veering sharply left or right.

  The solution to this is to relax. Hold yourself back a little. Swing nice and easily. It is ok for the top professionals to go all out, but they are just that. Professionals! They practice for many hours a day and are also far more talented than we mortals.

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