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7 keys to a good golf swing

keys to a good golf swing

If a golfer has a good golf swing, the difference between good and a bad day is only a few shots. This means that consistency is the key to a good golf swing, but to achieve a consistent golf swing needs a lot practicing and a practice plan. So, prepare the spend a lot of hours on practice areas.

I have heard on the driving range that beginners are asking what keys to a good golf swing are. Often they get a tip or two and start to develop their golf swing based on drills they got from a fellow golfer. Unfortunately, in these cases, they might forget the big picture, and soon they will have other challenges in their golf swing. Today I want to share seven tips which should cover the swing as a whole and while you are practicing, think all these aspects.

Golf pre-shot routine

Every time you are preparing to hit a golf shot, this should happen in the same way. There isn’t one routine which will fit for all, and that is why you need to develop your routine. It is okay to spend some time preparing your shot, but due to a proper golf etiquette try to keep your shot routine maximum at 15 seconds. Your playing partners will appreciate this a lot.

During the pre-shot routine think following topics; what kind of shot I need to hit to get the ball to the target and is it risky or not. Pay attention to the weather, is it cold or hot or windy or not. Last not but not least, face the target from behind, never from the side.

Take care of golf pre-shot fundamentals

One key to a good golf swing is master the golf pre-shot fundamentals. These are; a correct spine angle, an excellent alignment, a proper stance, an athletic posture, and setup. If you all these correctly and the same way every time, you will increase your chances to break 80 soon.

You have an athletic posture when you can lift a boulder from the ground or at least this a mindset behind a correct posture. It means your knees are bent slightly, and the spine is straight.

You have a correct spine angle when you let your arms hang freely, and the distance between your body and your wrists is around one to two wrist length.

To make an excellent alignment, your feet, your club face and your shoulders should be aligned parallel to the target. Don’t use closed stance, even though it might cure your fade or slice a little bit. A closed stance is not a good fix, and soon you start to have other problems with your golf swing, like missing a proper follow-through.

Don’t swing too hard

Many golf beginners tend to swing the club too hard. They want to hit that one magical shot and see the golf ball travel more than 300 yards. In real life, swinging hard decreases your distances because swinging too hard put tension to your body and this reduces the clubhead speed.

It has happened several times to me, I just hit this small and relaxed swing with my pitching wedge, and my golf ball should land it to the green. Then I just watch when my ball travels 20 yards past the green. The reason is that the relaxed swing increased my swing speed a lot and gained more yards. What can we learn from this? Don’t swing too hard.


Maintain your balance during the golf swing

One vital thing to get consistent golf swing is to maintain your balance during the golf swing. If you cannot keep your finish position at least five seconds after your swing, you know you have swung too hard. Also, one thing can be a miserable rhythm in your golf swing, and this lets you be heavy to left or right foot after hitting the ball.

A good drill to practice balance is golf swing tempo drills. By doing tempo drills with slow swing speed, you soon start to understand how to maintain the balance thru the golf swing, and this means more consistency to your swing and better results on the course.

Relax your arms golf swing

If your grip pressure is high, this will cause tension in your arms and tension in your arms means less clubhead speed. Heavy tension also encourages you to hit only with your arms and this creates a wrong rhythm to your golf swing. A poor rhythm will decrease your swing consistency and decreases your ball carry.

On the top of your backswing don’t hurry your downswing. If you push it, you quickly put extra tension to your arms during the downswing. So, enjoy your golf swing transition and see the increased clubhead speed.

You can adjust your grip pressure by thinking about using a scale. You give your grip pressure value between one to ten, where ten is a strong grip pressure and one is weak grip pressure. If you have tension in your arms, your grip pressure is close to ten. During the backswing try to use grip pressure value of four to five and test this new pressure in the driving range and see how it will impact to your clubhead speed and control.

Master rhythm in golf

Consistency is the most important thing if you want to achieve low scores. One of the most critical aspects to create consistent swing is an excellent rhythm thru the whole swing. A great rhythm can be built with correct timing. It means you need to understand what is the right sequence in the golf swing. Please check more here: Golf Swing Timing

It is also beneficial if you know what the difference between one plane and two plane swing and what is your natural swing type is. Take a video of your golf swing and investigate your natural swing type. You have two plane swing if you need to drop your arms at the beginning of the downswing to get your swing to the correct plane. And you have one plane swing if your arms and shoulder line is parallel on top of the backswing.

When you know your natural swing type, you can use this info to make your swing rhythm better and build more consistency to your golf swing.

You need to practice a lot

Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to success. If you want to have a good golf swing, you need to practice a lot. By a lot I mean, 50% of time dedicated to golf should be spent in practice areas, where short game practices play the most significant role, like 65%.

If you are searching more tips, check my best golf tips for beginners post.

Regards,

Matt