Top 10 Swing Tips Ever! - PART 2

Posted By: Alamo City Golf Trail.com Published: 10/26/2021 Times Read: 83 Comments: 0

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  most of them are useless. Sure, golfers mean well when they share a tip with their fellow player, but that doesn’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. Let’s get on to the list!


#5  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  and away from your weaknesses  you can achieve better outcomes in the end.

It is tempting to pretend like you don’t have any weaknesses in your game, but that simply isn’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 isn’t a skill that you are likely to possess. Don’t fall into the trap of trying shots you really can’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 isn’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.


#6  See the Club Hit the Ball

Okay  so this is a pretty basic tip, and it is one you have probably heard before, but it still warrants a spot on our list. When you swing down through impact, you need to make an effort to ensure you actually see the club hit the back of the ball. This is an easy point to take for granted, but it is extremely important to the quality of your play. When you watch the club hit the ball, you will be more likely to make solid contact, and solid contact is essential in the quest to lower your scores.

This is a tip that is often considered to be the same thing as ‘keep your head down, but it is actually different in a meaningful way. If you focus on keeping your head down, you are going to limit the movement that takes place in your shoulders because you will be trying to keep your head quiet. You want your shoulders to be able to turn through the ball on the way down, so you don’t want to think about keeping your head still. It is actually okay if your head moves a little bit through impact, as long as your eyes are watching the ball the whole time.


#7  Stay Perfectly Still While Putting


Moving onto the greens, one of the best tips you can receive while putting is to keep your body as totally still as possible throughout the stroke. Unlike the full swing, when you need plenty of help from your entire body in order to produce speed and power, putting is all about precision and control. It takes barely any effort at all to roll the ball toward the hole, so you will want to focus on the precise control of your stroke in order to have success. One way you can control the club (and the ball) beautifully is by keeping your body as still as possible while the putter swings.

To keep your body still while still making a proper stroke, you need to understand what parts of the body are actually responsible for moving the putter back and forth. Ideally, it will be the job of your shoulders to move the putter, while your arms and hands go along for the ride naturally. By placing the control of the stroke in your shoulders, you can eliminate much of the unnecessary movement that often causes putts to veer off track. As you swing the putter, your lower body should be perfectly still, as should your head and your torso below the shoulders.

One good way to focus on keeping your lower body still as you putt is to think about the position of your kneecaps. These are two specific points that are easy to focus on, and you will instantly be able to tell if they happen to move. While the putter swings, focus on keeping your kneecaps perfectly still in the position that they held at address. If you can accomplish that simple task successfully, there is a good chance you will roll plenty of good putts throughout the day.


#8  Don’t Slide


As far as golf tips go, this is a simple one. Your only job in order to comply with this important tip is to avoid sliding during the swing. That goes for both directions  you don’t want to slide away from the target, and you don’t want to slide toward the target, either. Ideally, you will be able to keep your weight in the middle of your stance as you swing back, and your weight will only move forward toward the target in the downswing as a result of your rotation rather than a slide. Balance is crucial in golf, and staying away from any kind of sliding action will quickly make you a better player.

There are two common points in the golf swing for a player to slide. The first is during the takeaway. As the club starts in motion, some players will slide away from the target, allowing their body weight to move with the club. The other common spot for a slide in the golf swing is during the transition, when some players will slide their lower body toward the target before they get started with any kind of rotation. Obviously, you want to avoid both of these mistakes in order to make your swing as powerful and consistent as possible.

To steer clear of the backswing slide, focus on the position of your right knee. As long as your right knee holds its position while the swing is starting, you should be able to steer clear of that early slide to the right. As far as the transition slide goes, it’s all about starting the move down with the rotation of your lower body toward the target. Do your best to turn your left hip open to the target as your downswing begins. If you can make that move reliably, there is little chance you will wind up with a slide.


#9  Finish the Swing


The finish position that you reach when your golf swing has concluded will tell you a lot about the swing that you have made. Golfers will a full, well-balanced finish position are usually those who use their bodies correctly throughout both the backswing and downswing. On the other hand, players who fail to get all the way to a full finish  or fall off balance somewhere along the way  need to make some corrections.

When you get a chance to watch some golf on TV, pay attention to how the players hold their finish positions. Most top players will hold their finish until the ball has landed, displaying great control and balance. This should be your goal. By swinging all the way through to the finish, you will typically accelerate the club through impact, which is an essential part of good ball striking. Work on reaching a balanced finish while practicing on the range and commit yourself to finishing each swing in the same fashion when you get out on the course.


#10  Have Fun


So this really isn’t a swing tip per se  but it is one of the most important tips that you can receive. When you are at the golf course, whether you are practicing on the range or playing a round, you need to remember to have fun at all times. This is a game! Too many players take the game too seriously, and they wind up taking the fun out of it as a result. If you aren’t going to have fun while you play, you might as well find something else to do.

Before your next round, take a few moments to think about why it is that you are spending time on the golf course. What do you hope to get from the experience? What is it that draws you back out to spend your money on golf time and time again? Most likely, the answers that you come up with will be things like spending time outdoors, spending time with your friends, getting exercise, and more. Sure, you want to play well along the way, but that isn’t the main motivation for most people to hit the links. By keeping your motivation in mind, and keeping your mind focused on having fun first and foremost, you will find that golf becomes a far more-rewarding experience in the end.

We hope the ten tips listed above are helpful as you work on your own game. Golf is a tremendous challenge, which is a big part of why so many people love to play. Embrace the challenge, use the tips on this list to help you play a bit better, and encourage those around you to play their best as well. Golf tips will always be a part of the game, and they are a big part of what makes it so much fun. Good luck out there!




Originally posted on Golf Info Guide


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