By Paul Myers
If you take some time to search the internet and look for golf swing tips, you aren’t going to be lacking for options. There are countless sites that offer golf swing tips – some more helpful than others. The problem then becomes knowing which ones to listen to, and which to ignore. After all, you don’t necessarily know the credentials of the people writing the tips, so how do you know if they are worth your time? In order to get some focus in your practice sessions and have a chance to improve your game, it can help you to narrow your focus and select just a few tips to work on at a time.
This article offers up three essential golf swing tips that could apply to almost any player. If you can implement these tips, first into your practice routine, then on the course, you may be a better golfer for your efforts.
Golf Swing Tip #1 – Balance is Important
If you only focus on one thing during your golf swing, balance is a good option. Good balance is sometimes what separates average golfers from good ones, because balance can help allow you to strike the ball consistently swing after swing. Sure, it is possible to hit good shots while off balance, but it is next to impossible to do so for an entire round of golf. Many amateur golfers who struggle with consistency are the same ones who struggle with their balance during the swing.
Golf Swing Tip #2 – Head Relatively Steady
You will often hear ‘keep your head down’ as a piece of golf swing advice. That isn’t necessarily wrong, but it isn’t necessarily right either. In fact, if you try to keep your head down during the swing, you might inhibit your shoulder rotation through the ball – potentially losing power along the way. Instead, you might focus on keeping your head relatively steady. Dramatic movement can make it difficult for many to hit the ball with clean contact, however, keeping it relatively steady and allowing some natural movement can still be okay. It’s a good middle ground.
Golf Swing Tip #3 – Less than 100%
There are very few, if any, occasions on the golf course when you should try to hit a shot as hard as you possibly can. Over the long run, it is probably best to be swinging at less than 100% effort in order to keep your balance and make clean contact with the ball. Power is important, but ultimately golf can be considered a game of prevision, not power, and it can help to keep that in mind.
As an example, PGA Tour winner David Gossett swings about 92% of his max with his driver. Any more than that and he starts to give up control. If you’ve got a radar, you can find out your personal threshold…and it’s probably not going to be more than 90-95% of your max.
It can be fun, and helpful, to hit the ball long distances, but not if you can’t keep control over its direction. Make controlled and comfortable swings that don’t push you off balance and your game should be better for it.
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