Takeaway Sets Golf Swing In Motion
Taking the club away from the ball to start the backswing is one of the most important parts of the golf swing.
A lot of problems occur by snatching the club back too quickly (mistakenly thinking that speed here equals power), lifting the club (as opposed to moving it away) or having your hands start moving back before the club head.
Learn to take the club back in one motion so that the line made from the left shoulder all the way down your arm and to the club face starts back in a smooth sweeping motion to start your swing on the right path for good tempo and an accurate swing path.
Actually saying something like “low and slow” or “tempo” as you start the back swing reinforces this.
Practice Your Weight Shift
A lot of wild shots are caused by a poor weight shift.
To help you get a good feeling for the proper weight shift on the course, make it part of your pre-shot routine. Make a slow motion practice swing and load almost all of your weight on your back foot when you are fully coiled on the back swing.
On the down swing, shift all of your weight to your front foot and finish the swing with only your toes on the back foot touching the ground. Of course your front foot will be on the ground too…
This little rehersal will signal to your body how the weight transfer should feel.
Are You Lined Up Correctly?
When playing, set your club up behind the ball and take a look at the target. Draw your eyes back to your club.
Look at the leading edge (bottom) of the club face to see that it is square to the target.
Looking at the ball and the centre of the face or at the top line of the club is misleading. The leading edge is the true direction that your club is pointing.
You should also see your front shoulder out of the corner of your eye.
Strategy For Short Putts
When you have a three or four foot putt, make sure you guard against the most common faults of missing.
Hit the ball with enough force that it always gets to the hole and maybe a few inches past it if you miss.
Many putts are left short or tail off because of a lack of speed. Don’t restrict your stroke by stopping the putter head at the ball. Rather release the putter so that the face follows (or chases) the ball towards the hole.
Finally keep your head still and listen for the ball to drop.
Plan to Improve Your Golf
Getting better at golf will not happen magically as you play more rounds – you will either ingrain your bad habits or create new ones as you try to correct your current mistakes.
Set up a plan for yourself that will include lessons, practice and tackling your strengths and weaknesses. Track your stats. It doesn’t take that much extra time when filling in a score card to record things like Fairway hit, number of putts, sand saves etc. See My Golf Domain’s Game Tracker and The Golf Space for tracking your statistics.
After getting lessons, it will make things a lot clearer as to what you are actually looking at when watching videos or studying good players.
To become a good golfer you have to make it happen. Set realistic goals and work methodically to reach them.
A common fault for many high handicappers is to sway to the right on the back swing (for right handed players) and then top the ball or hit behind it because they are stuck on their back foot.
To try and fix this, go to the range – you’ll need one with a grassed tee area – and place two tees on the outside of your right foot; one near the toe and one near the centre of the foot. Just place the tees gently in the ground so that a nudge will knock them down. Now hit some balls and keep the tees standing to learn how proper weight shift should feel.
This should help you learn to brace your back foot rather than rolling it to the right.