Top 10 Swing Tips Ever! - PART 1
Golf is a game that is full of tips. If you regularly practice around other golfers, or if you play with a regular group of friends, you are sure to hear countless tips each time you visit the range or the course. Keep your head down. Change your grip. Adjust your stance. There are numerous tips that can be sent your way, and you have probably heard more than your share over the years. The sharing of tips is not only a way to potentially improve the play of other golfers, but it is also a way to promote camaraderie with the discussion that golf tips often encourage.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to sharing tips Ã¢â‚¬â€œ most of them are useless. Sure, golfers mean well when they share a tip with their fellow player, but that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean the tip is actually going to help in the end. The average golfer is not a golf instructor, and is really not qualified to be offering up advice as a result. Anytime you receive a tip while out on the course, you need to be careful to consider the source.
With that said, there are still plenty of golf tips which can help you play at a higher level. Following, you will find a list of the top ten swing tips ever offered up in the game of golf. These are tips which can apply to the swing of nearly any player, so feel free to put them all to use in your own game. Please note that all of the tips below are written from the perspective of a right handed golfer, so you will need to reverse them if you play left handed. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s get on to the list!
#1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Take Your Time
It is easy to rush in the golf swing. After all, you are probably trying to hit the ball a significant distance, especially if you are standing on the tee, so it is only natural to swing as hard and fast as possible. However, most of the time, that level of effort is going to do you more harm than good. The best golf swings tend to be those that allow speed to develop gradually, with the club accelerating all the way down until it arrives at impact.
You want to pay particular attention to taking your time when it comes to the transition. Most amateur golfers rush through the transition, quickly shifting from backswing to forward swing as they hurry to hit the ball. Sadly, this is where many players get off track Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and there isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough time between the transition and impact to fix what has gone wrong. You can easily create a number of different problems as a result of a faulty transition, with the slice being among the biggest issues to surface when you rush at the top.
During your next trip to the driving range, make it a point to take a bit of extra time at the top of your swing. Start by hitting some soft wedge shots while using an extra-slow transition. Just pitching the ball a short distance down the range while keeping your transition slow will help you to feel how important this part of the swing is to your overall performance. As the clubs get longer and the swing gets faster, be sure to keep track of your transition to ensure that it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t speed back up unnecessarily.
#2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pick Out a Specific Target
One of the most-important things you can do for your swing, and for your game as a whole, is to pick out a very specific target for each and every shot that you hit. When you have a specific target in mind as you swing, you will be far more likely to stay committed to the swing at hand. Indecision is a sure sign of doubt in your game, and doubt is something that can throw you off track in a hurry.
It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter what kind of shot you are hitting; it is always important to have a target picked out before you take your stance. While most golfers do a good job of picking a target while they are hitting an approach shot, the same cannot be said off of the tee. When the average golfer takes their driver from the bag in order to hit a drive, they usually just aim Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfor the fairwayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ before swinging away. That isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t good enough, as far as target-selection is concerned. Rather than aiming for the fairway in general, pick out a specific target in the distance that you can use to guide your swing.
Once you get into the habit of picking specific targets, you will see just how useful this strategy can be. You will likely notice that there is more confidence and commitment behind your swings, and you will also start to feel like you have more margin for error on your shots. The mind is a powerful thing on the golf course, and training your mind on a very specific target before each swing can pay big dividends.
#3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Relax Your Grip
It is hard to provide tips that relate to the grip, because everyone feels comfortable holding onto the club in their own way. There are a variety of different grips used in the game, and many of them are capable of producing quality golf. However, there is one golf grip tip that can be applied across the board by every golfer, and it is the fact that the grip should be relaxed in order to promote club head speed and a clean strike. Many golfers squeeze onto the grip too tight as they swing, and those players lose power as a result.
Of course, trying to swing the club while holding on lightly to the handle requires you to walk a fine line, because you need to hold on tight enough to keep control of the club from start to finish. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the club flying out of your hands as you swing, so the grip does need to be tight enough to hold on Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but no tighter. Work on finding a grip pressure that will allow you to swing freely while still controlling the club and you will be a better golfer for the effort.
#4 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Quiet Hands in the Takeaway
This is a point that could benefit amateur golfers perhaps more than any other. The average player uses their hands far too actively during the takeaway phase of the swing, and they pay the price when the club is off-plane by the time the backswing has finished. If you would like to keep the club in a good position all the way through to the top, you need to keep your hands out of the takeaway while your shoulders do all of the work.
To move the club back away from the ball, focus on simply turning your left shoulder away from the target. If you can make that one move successfully, you will be on your way to a perfect takeaway. In reality, the correct takeaway is rather simple, but most golfers overcomplicate it and wind up making mistakes. Specifically, you want to focus on your wrists during the early part of the backswing Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if your wrists are quiet and stable, you should be on the right track.
Making the change from a takeaway that is driven by your hands to one that is driven by your shoulders can be difficult, so you will need to invest some time on the range before heading to the course. Start with some of your shorter clubs and gradually work your way up to the long clubs as you get more and more comfortable with this style of takeaway. In the end, you should be left with a swing that is more-reliable and just as powerful as the one you left behind.
#5 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Play to Your Strengths
Before hitting any shot on the course, you are going to be faced with a series of choices. Which club are you going to hit? What are you going to use as your target for the shot? Are you going to try to hit the ball higher or lower than usual? These and many more questions will need to be answered during the planning phase prior to taking your stance. As you work through this process, one of the most important things you can do is to keep in mind the strengths that you have as a golfer. By playing to your strengths Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and away from your weaknesses Ã¢â‚¬â€œ you can achieve better outcomes in the end.
It is tempting to pretend like you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any weaknesses in your game, but that simply isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t true for any golfer in the world. Even the best players in the game have weaknesses that they try to avoid whenever possible. It would be great to be able to hit any shot at any time depending on what the course throws your way, but that simply isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a skill that you are likely to possess. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fall into the trap of trying shots you really canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t execute just because you want to prove that you can do it. The beauty of being able to pick your own shots on the course is the fact that you can make decisions which suit your strengths. Be smart about club selection and avoid those shots that really give you trouble.
That isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t to say that you should just give up on trying to fix shots that give you problems. During your practice sessions, you should absolutely work on improving your game in the areas that it is weakest. However, you should still play to your strengths on the course. As you get better in some of your weak areas, you may not need to avoid them in the future. Just remember, the driving range is for practice and improvement, and the course is for scoring your best. When on course, always pick the shot that gives you the best possible chance to succeed.
Part 2 to follow: