Golf is no easy sport – that is for sure. Millions of things can go wrong, whether it is about not warming up, using the wrong equipment or having improper postures. With too much information to cover, this article mainly focuses on mistakes with golf swings and how to fix them.
About warming up
Without proper warming up, you may end up having tense muscles, which eventually can affect your performance. Spend some time going through the clubs in your bag and swing them smoothly several times for loosening your muscle. The end result: more powerful and proper swings during the course.
This is what normally happens with novice players who do not spend time finding golf clubs that fit them. Wrong clubs can be the cause of more swing flaws then you can imagine.
Do not buy clubs that work for other people: buy those that truly work for you. Remember to take the club fitting process seriously.
About swinging force
Contrary to what many people think, swinging too hard and too fast is not the right way to obtain more distance and power; in fact, you can easily lose your rhythm while doing so. Without being hit properly in the middle of the club face, the ball will not go further like you expect. Slow down so that you can swing in proper sequence and with consistency or you can lose control over your swing.
It is strongly recommended that you swing within your limit and make good contact with the ball; then, you can naturally increase the distance with time.
Avoid gripping your club too tightly to the point that your veins seem to pop out of your hands. Having a closed, firm grip on the club is necessary but if you exert too much force, you have stiff muscles instead. Remember that the key for having accurate shots is your relaxed, loose muscle and you should not hold the equipment too much in the palms.
About foot positioning
Many amateurs player suffer from poor foot alignment. If you do not line up your feet and shoulders with the target, you cannot hit the ball to the direction you want: the ball can slightly go to the right or left. Check and maintain your alignment during the game regularly.
One side note: for down swings, do not make excessive leg movements towards your target. You need to stabilize your lower body and maintain good speed.
For good swings, timing is critical. Being too rush or too slow can affect the natural swing sequence.
Make sure you build up speed with your swing to have a smooth and powerful shot. You can practice good timing by repetition, especially on a daily basis. Once you can master the art, your effort will pay off nicely for sure.
About ball contact
One of the main reasons for inconsistent ball contact is the head movement. It is a bad habit to let your head move during the back swing: keep it still as much as you can. Do not just lift your head to see your shot direction before making contact with the ball: You need to make eye contact with the ball throughout your swing to avoid missing it or just making a poor swing on the toe/heel of the club.
Poor leverage no doubt leads to a lack of power for your swing. You can maintain proper leverage by making a full shoulder swing.