Golf swing help is a thought in most amateur golfers minds on a daily basis. The never-ending search for a quick fix to your golf swing. I receive emails every day reading how golfers have tried “everything” and still haven’t improved. They have reached a state of desperation in their golf game.
Does this sound like you?
Tip: Do not move your legs so much when you are swinging the golf club. Too much leg movement impedes proper posture, throws off your swing and detracts from the distance of the ball.
Unless you have 8 hours a day to work on your golf swing like the pros have, you will not be able to achieve that ultimate goal of consistent performance. The golf swing technique of today has become so complicated, that golfers are “paralyzed by over-analysis”.
I’ve heard some great analogies lately!
Tip: Instead of struggling to try to overcome the problem, just figure out a way to work around it. This will contribute to your developing a unique style that may be to your advantage.
How about walking? Would we think of every biomechanical movement in every joint of our body when we walk? I don’t think so. If that happened, we’d have a lot of frustrated, immobile people out there.
Tip: Before your shot, stand back and study where you’re going to send the ball. Take time to incorporate variables for wind direction and other determining conditions.
The same thing holds true with golf. Having a basic understanding of how to hit the ball to your chosen target is critical, but after that, you shouldn’t have to think of 30 different things to swing the club to make this happen.
Tip: You can maintain a high confidence while golfing if you play with other players at your skill level. When you just learning to play, challenge beginner-level courses, and take other beginners with you when you play.
The end goal in golf is to get your ball to a target as accurately as you can, and then get it in the hole. With that being said, why are so many golfers not improving? The answer and solution are quite easy.
It’s what I say more than a dozen times every day to golfers. “It’s your body that swings the club, not the other way around”.
Tip: When you take a grasp on the handle of your club, make sure not to favor one hand over the other. If you hold your golf club too tight, your shots will have a tendency to veer off to the right.
Your swing is only as good as your current ‘physical’ capabilities. Don’t you think that makes sense? I mean…if your body is tight (inflexible), do you think you’ll be able to make a nice full backswing with minimal tension? No way! That’s a physical impossibility.
Tip: Keeping an eye on your ball is a standard golfing principal in nearly every circle. This is a rule you’ll hear repeated when you play many different sports, but it’s of utmost importance when playing golf.
The ONLY way to be able to achieve optimal swing mechanics with minimal effort is to improve your body’s ability to reach these physical points in the golf swing consistenly. Whether it’s a 90 degree shoulder turn, or hips slightly open with your head stationary behind the ball at impact.
Tip: For every shot you take, keep the exact same ball position. This will help to improve the consistency of your game.
It makes total sense to break down the swing fault you are currently dealing with and look at the physical requirement needed from your body. The more involved I get with improving golf performance, the more interested I’m getting in the biomechanics of the golf swing and how to improve them with the physical approach (both strength and flexibility).
Tip: For increased power in your golf swing, focus on involving your whole body in the swing. Beginners often mistakenly think that arms provide the power in the stroke, but using the arms alone makes for an clumsy, weak swing.
I’ve seen dramatic results from members of my websites and customers of my golf improvement products, which tells me this is the way to improve your golf swing the quickest. I’ve had golfers literally tell me they wish they would have taken this approach 20 years ago!
Why not end the frustration once and for all and take a look at the ‘source’ of your swing fault?
With this approach, the last thing on your mind will be golf swing help.
There are two approaches to achieving a better golf swing. There is improving your physical capabilities…and improving your golf swing technique.
Tip: Develop a good position to improve your overall skills. Your position plays a large role in the distance that your shot will achieve.
How many times has your teaching pro recommended a golf swing technique change and you couldn’t do it no matter how many balls you hit? It’s because you didn’t have the “physical capability” to successfully make the change and repeat it.
Tip: Flexibility in the arms is important in order to have a great golf swing. You should stretch, relax, and workout as much as you can.
For example, if you didn’t have adequate core strength and flexibility, you would be unable to create and maintain the “x-factor”, or the separation between the hip rotation and shoulder rotation, therefore losing force and ultimately distance.
But by implementing simple, golf exercises…it is possible to develop the ability to execute these key actions, which result in greater clubhead speed, force and distance.
Identifying your weak points, and doing golf-specific exercises to replicate the specific action will allow you to achieve the specific golf swing technique change effectively.
I’ve seen some very simple, yet effective golf exercises and stretches that when implemented and done consistently can result in substantial increases in driving distance and accuracy.
Creating specific exercises related to your teaching pros golf swing technique recommendations can give you the quickest results…that are lasting.
Tip: You can improve your swing by using your entire body. A lot of beginners think their arms should carry the swing and end up with a weak swing by employing this misconception.
Suffice it to say…the development of your physical abilities…especially strength and flexibility…plays a critical role in not only improving your golf swing technique…but in hitting the ball farther and much straighter.
The bottom line…your golf swing technique is dictated by your physical capabilities.
Many professional golf instructors refer to golf posture as “spine angle.” If you’ve taken lessons or have spent much time learning proper technique to improve your game, you have most likely heard the phrase many times. Good posture for the golf swing can greatly influence your ability to produce power. Without stability of your posture, a powerful and effective golf swing is very difficult and can result in injury and strains.
Tip: Whether you’re playing nine holes or eighteen, make sure the game keeps moving at a steady pace. The groups behind yours may become frustrated by excessive delays or slow play.
Good functional posture improves your swinging action and lets you transfer more force in your ball strike. Body structure and posture are unique traits, but an improper golf swing can cause certain muscle imbalances. These imbalances might not be obvious until they cause a disruptive physical problem.
Tip: If you are short on practice time, concentrate on your short game. Append your primary goal into becoming better with your chipping abilities, and your accuracy with the putter.
The body slowly adapts to poor posture, and some body parts, like the neck, shoulder, back, and hip, may be overused to balance for loss of motion in other areas of the body. By performing a few simple exercises regularly, however, you can improve and maintain good posture and thus improve your swinging power.
Tip: Each golf club in existence has it’s own “sweet spot.” When you hit your ball squarely with the sweet spot on the face of the club, your ball takes off with perfect accuracy.
The goal of exercise for posture is to improve both static and dynamic balance to develop functional stability during the swing. The postural muscles are located throughout the body. The primary role of these muscles is to hold the skeletal system and joint structures in proper alignment so the larger and stronger muscles can produce the desired body movements while keeping good balance.
Tip: Take a deep breath before hitting the ball. This will calm you down and help you focus on addressing the ball.
Some common problems that are affected by posture are:
o Difficulty keeping your eye on the ball during your swing.
o Difficulty to transfer force from the lower body to the upper body.
o Compromised swing patterns.
o Poor club head speed and club control.
Tip: Practice, practice, practice will lead you to avoid slicing the ball. When your club comes through the ball improperly, it can be prone to spinning wildly off to the right.
By performing a golf fitness routine on a regular basis, you will increase overall muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. All of these contribute to your ability to maintain an effective golf posture for a powerful golf swing no matter what the lie.
Commit yourself to proper preparation through strength and flexibility exercises designed to address current muscle imbalances and you’ll unleash a whole new level of play.
Watching the tournament rounds of today’s LPGA players is more exciting than ever. Annika Sorenstam continues to dominate women’s golf and shows where finesse, strength and athleticism come together to make way for the future.
Tip: All of your muscles, in particular trunk and legs, need to be involved in order to achieve a powerful swing. Whip your upper body around as you swing, using the power of your legs pressing downward, to further energize your stroke.
Is today’s female golfer really that different? You need only look as far as statistics from previous years in combination with current levels of play to answer that question. In 1998, only 7 short years ago, Annika drove the ball 246 yards in average driving distance. Today, her average distance is 272 yards. Since undergoing a full scale assault on fitness with the help of a personal trainer, she has gained close to 30 yards in new found distance.
Tip: Check your grip on the club before you make your swing. Your thumbs should be pointing downwards, with the handle of the club resting against your palms.
Is she the lone ranger in women’s golf or the wave of the future? Back in 1998, if an LPGA player drove the ball 250 yards, she was in the top 17 players in her field. Today, a player who drives the ball 250 yards won’t even place in the top 40. What accounts for these new performance standards and how can female golfers around the country prepare for high level competition?
Tip: Ensure maximum opportunity for consistency with your drives by always using the same tee height. If you don’t tee the ball high enough then you are prone to hitting shots that will roll off the tee; conversely, teeing the ball too high will often result in a drive that seemingly launches straight up.
Build a Foundation – Learning how to properly engage the core muscles provides a platform of stability and level of protection from injury. In order to keep your body from breaking down and affecting your golf swing, exercises aimed at restoring muscular balance should be a natural part of program design. As you continue to build foundational strength, you also improve your resistance to fatigue.
Tip: Prior to hitting the ball, be sure to take a deep breath. This will help you stay calm and focused on the task at hand.
Progressive Resistance – Strength should be developed in a progressive manner. In order to get stronger one needs to progressively add resistance over time relative to previous workouts. Strength gains are made slowly, but consistently and you will see the difference in your game in no time. In the absence of progress with your program, you’re limiting your potential. Progression also involves varying your speeds of movement as your body becomes more adapted to each exercise.
Today’s female golfer knows that hard work creates results and translates to a better position in the playing field. If you are looking for ways to take yourself to the top of the leader board, then place the needs of your body at the top of your priority list to make a definitive difference in your game.
Here’s a fast…easy…”no-brainer” way to improve your golf swing…add a quick 10-20 yards with every club…and the best part…you can do it in your home…in less than 30 minutes.
I have been approached by thousands of golfers via the net and on the golf course…with the same question…in frustration…”what can I do to improve my golf swing?”
I’ve heard all about the dozens of lessons they’ve taken and the thousands of dollars they’ve spent on equipment…all to play the “same”…and NOT improve their golf swing.
Why do you think this is?
I can tell you why in less than one sentence.
IT’S YOUR BODY!
Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (mines good ‘ol java)…sit in your most comfortable chair…and hear me out.
To hit a golf ball…what takes place? Let’s briefly go over it. Now stay with me on this…it’s going to make sense in a minute.
Get ready for that “ah-ha” moment.
Tip: Don’t tense up when you are swinging. When you tighten your muscles before hitting the golf ball, you negatively affect your game.
* You physically grab the club with your hands.
* You physically bend over and get in your address position.
* You physically take the club back, hoping for a full backswing.
* You physically attempt to return the club back to impact with stored energy.
* You physically try to stay in your golf posture until the end of your swing.
O.K., that’s enough.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Why is this important to know, and how you can use it to quickly improve your golf swing?
The answer is simple: Because of all these common references given above are the result of your body’s ability to accomplish these golf swing movements, with proper swing mechanics.
Tip: If you limit how far you back swing, you will maximize your power to the golf ball. Pulling back too far will ruin your posture and cause you to hit the ball incorrectly or even swing right past it entirely.
If you have “physical” restrictions (which the average golfer…especially as we age…has many) that won’t allow you to perform these optimal golf swing mechanics, you have a minimal (if not “any”) chance to optimize your golf potential.
That’s the bad news!
The good news is you don’t have to settle.. you have the control to fix your faults..that is…if you “know” what they are.
Here’s what I mean.
For starters…if you have a restriction in your hamstring flexibility, you won’t be able to get into proper golf posture…and for sure…not maintain it for 18 holes.
Tip: Avoid using an unnatural stance. Practice your stance without using the golf club.
The result is many mishits because of fatigue and your body’s fear of pain. At the end of the round, you end up with a sore back..and wonder if you should cancel that next round of golf.
Here’s another one.
If your legs are weak…you will have no stability in your golf swing. Your legs will be moving (sliding) side to side…and straightening, when they should stay flexed.
The result again is…inconsistency…lack of power…and a predisposition to chronic injuries, due to compensations your body will make…keeping you “off the course” for long periods of time.
This is why I am a golf fitness professional.
I have passion for the game…and a goal to educate as many golfers as humanly possible…to stop the frustration.
“I want to increase my golf swing clubhead speed!” I hear this one all the time from the members of my golf-trainer.com site and golfers sending me emails. I want to be a ‘straight’ shooter (pardon the pun) right now. Increasing your golf swing clubhead speed is not everything!
You heard that correctly.
Tip: Before your shot, stand back and study where you’re going to send the ball. Take the wind, other weather conditions and your environment into consideration.
You can swing at 140 mph and it won’t mean anything unless your golf swing sequence and moment of impact is solid. There are lots of 300 yards in the woods! I have to chuckle when I see the Speed Stik commercials with Vijay.
Swinging that thing harder and harder isn’t going to make your ball go straight…and if I’m correct, the goal is to get it in the fairway, right?
Tip: Strong, limber and flexible arms will greatly improve your golf swing. When you are preparing for a golf game, try working out, stretching, and getting a nice massage.
The point I’m trying to get at is a more powerful, controlled, sequenced swing that does produce a higher clubhead speed, yet in control swing. One that has a consistent swing path and solidness of hit on the clubface.
So how do you achieve this?
The only way is to improve your golf-specific strength and flexibility!
If you’ve read any of my 300 plus articles, you’ll know I come back to this time-and-time again. It’s your BODY that limits your golfing ability.
Now picture this!
Tip: You should put all of your attention on the next shot. Don’t let other players’ or even your own good or bad shots effect the next one you take.
You do some simple, ‘in-home” golf exercises and go to the course. You step up to the tee and rip one farther than you have in years and it stays in play.
Doesn’t that sound more like it?
Tip: If you’re going to be a golfer, take the time to learn how to properly fill out a scorecard. Your score is what is usually used to judge your ability as a player.
There is a balance between a higher clubhead swing speed, control and sequence of motion that gets you back to impact hitting the ball in the center of your clubface. Swinging hard just to swing hard won’t accomplish your goals of longer/straighter drives.
Tip: Shots pushing to the right often result from your body going to your left as you swing. Focus on releasing your hands quickly during the downswing.
I receive emails from members, customers of my golf fitness dvds and manual who tell me who much more stable their swing has become doing my simple golf exercises, and how they are hitting it 20-30 yards further…consistently.
So don’t get me wrong!
Tip: It may sound unbelievable, but miniature golf can actually make you a better golfer. By practicing on the putting obstacles, your short game is tremendously improved.
I’m all about improving your golf swing clubhead speed…but with a stable swing…not one that is out of control and balance. I’m very proud when I receive these emails and know I’ve made yet another golfer a believer in golf training.
Tip: When standing over the ball, make sure you take a nice deep breath. By doing this, you will help yourself calm down and be able to focus more on how to properly address your ball.
So next time you see Vijay’s commercial for the Speed Stik, don’t run out and buy it with the intension your going to see that number go up-and-up. Buy it with the intension that your swing will be stronger, stabler and in better sequence.
Then and only then will increasing your golf swing clubhead speed be a factor.
Golf weight training program. In a sport that hardly has any controversies; few issues have come as close to being controversial as golf weight training programs have. More so with amateur and non-professional golfers.
And yet if you really examine the facts, a golf weight training program need not be controversial at all.
Tip: Each of your golf clubs will have its own “sweet spot”, a spot where, if you strike the ball with a great swing, you will get nearly perfect accuracy. You should practice with your clubs to identify the sweet spot of each, and remember to bring the spot into contact with the ball at the absolute extremity of your downward swing.
Although professionals have now fully embraced the benefit of golf weight training programs, amongst the other golfers golf weight training programs are still looked on with a lot of fear and apprehension. These fears are of course mainly based on ignorance rather than enough solid facts and knowledge.
Tip: Among the more basic fundamentals of golf is to maintain a constant awareness of your ball. Although this tips applies to a lot of sports, it is extremely important in golf.
One of the greatest fears is that some of the golf weight training programs designed to build strength are too strenuous. Others fear that they will develop great big muscles that will make them stiff and yet flexibility is an important attribute for any golfer.
Tip: Whenever you are staring down a long putt, make sure to focus first on the speed necessary to get close to the hole. Avoid the temptation to go straight for the hole, instead choosing a larger target area.
These fears are of course completely unjustified. Most golf weight training programs have been successfully completed by golfers who are as old as 80 years old. Junior golfers barely in their teens have also graduated from the same programs without any problem. Not to mention lady golfers some of who are senior citizens.
Tip: For a drive swing, align the ball with your front foot. For other swings, your two feet should be about equidistant from the ball.
Then it is significant to note that golf weight training programs are designed to increase strength and not to body build or build great huge muscles. The use of dumbbells is different for the two different objectives. For example lighter weights are used and they are lifted more times than the case would be for a bodybuilder dealing in much heavier weights.
Many good golf weight training programs involving dumbbells will also include certain stretch exercises using them. Stretch exercises are very good in improving golf swings.
When you take a closer look, golf weight training programs are really not be feared. Rather they should be embraced as they have helped many golfers revolutionize their games.
There is no doubt that the importance of a golf weight training program will continue to rise in the years to come.