As we all know, one of the key areas you must tirelessly work on to become a successful golf player is making great swings and hitting that ball correctly.
If you do poor swings, they’ll cost you a lot; they’ll give you problem after problem as you try to play a successfully round.
Thankfully, making a great golf swing- like that of Jamie Sadlowski- that leaves your fans and playmates wide-eyed is entirely possible when you combine practice and patience.
Along these lines, allow me to share with you some essential tips that will help improve your golf swings dramatically.
SIX Powerful Tips For Improving Your Golf Swing:
1. Learn the basics of a golf swing first
Before getting into more details about making your swing a winning one, I’d advise you to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the theory of a great swing.
- The backswing: which involves pivoting your shoulders towards your spine, shifting your weight to the front of the back foot, and hinging your front arm up into an L-shape (or 90 degrees, if you like it)
- The downswing: follows the backswing and involves releasing your arm in the L-shape lever toward your ball, while shifting your body weight to the front foot in a smooth, balanced motion.
As you can see, a golf swing is more like the pendulum that swings back and down to hit your ball.
Now that you know what a swing entails, let’s move on to the next important tip…
2. Remember the one-piece takeaway
If you want to get the best out of your golf swings, be sure to focus on a one-piece takeaway. And for the beginners who might get confused about this term, it’s all about making your hands and the body work in a sync.
Picture what would happen if you over use your hands when swinging your golf club…It means you’ll underuse your body and lose as much power as you can imagine (and you’ll get less control over your club).
To escape this, you’d want to move your club with your shoulders or chest first and not the hands.
3. Take proper stance
Not knowing how to align yourself as you make your swing can make you terribly miss the ball, and if you’re just unfortunate, the force you applied to your gone-bad swing might spin you and make you hit the ground.
So, how should pose when hitting a golf ball?
Start by spreading your feet shoulder width apart and balance your body weight on your feet balls. Then slightly flex your knees, bend your knees, and keep the spine straight- NO slouching!
As you stand in that posture, loosen your grip on that club (you’re not preparing for war; you’re simply hitting a ball). Hold your club securely but not too tight.
When you adopt the right stance and perfect grip, you get set up for the ultimate golf swing.
Let me show you how to correctly hold your golf club next…
4. How to properly hold your golf club
Beginners have a bad mindset of making a death grip on their golf clubs when preparing to hit the ball. This is bad.
The pros hold their golf ball with neutral hands, and as they get ready to make a swing, they embark on strengthening their grip on the club using any of the following grip techniques:
- Interlocking grip: this is usually the best grip for players with small hands, weak wrists, and less powerful forearms. To do an interlocking grip on your club, simply curl your pinky finger of your trailing hand around the leading hand’s index finger.
- Vardon grip: experienced players will agree with me that this is the most popular golf club grip. And it involves fitting your pinky finger (of the trailing hand) between your middle and index fingers (of the lead hand).
- The ten finger grip: if you’re just beginning out, have smaller hands or experience joint pains, you’ll find this grip method more comfortable. To do this, simply lock the trailing hand pinky finger close against the leading hand index finger.
Remember that the perfect grip swing translates to increased power, proper wrist hinge, and improves the impact of your club on the ball.
5. Relax and let it go
Tensing up can destroy a well set up golf swing. Think of it this way- if you’ve tension in mind, you’ve tension in your body (and vice versa).
Luckily, you can combat tension by only thinking “good thoughts” of relaxation. See yourself as a great golfer…See yourself making a great swing. Quietly let these affirmations run in your mind; “I've got a lot of freedom in my swing,” “I’m swinging easier and freer than before,” “it feels effortless to swing my golf club,” and so on.
Thoughts like “hit hard” and replace them with “hit smooth.” The end goal is to rid your body and mind of any tension and make your body feel completely relaxed.
Thinking about your favorite PGA player as you go through the process can work wonders too!
6. Follow through your shot
Caution: Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ve completed your shot just because you made contact with your ball. This is the biggest mistake obstructing your pathway to successful swings.
As the golf pros explain, a follow-through has the same level of impact on your swing as the backswing aspect as it clearly reflects what happened before you make contact with the ball. In simpler words, it acts as the truth serum for your swing!
If you mess up with your stance, takeaway, and other aspects we discussed previously, it’ll show up in the follow-up process!
Wondering how to make an excellent follow-through of your golf swing? Watch the video below.
Learning to swing your golf club like the pros shouldn’t feel like an impossible task anymore. If you keep practicing regularly, mastering all the aspects that contribute to a successful swing for every practice session, you’ll eventually build your swing skill (and increase your count of successful golf rounds).