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5 Ways To Improve Your Golf Swing

Aug 11, 2008
Golf Swing Golf is becoming an increasingly popular sport. Now, the baby boomers are retiring and they have the financial means to spend what they have earned. Most of them are looking towards Golf. For novices and professionals alike, the first and foremost skill of golf is the swing. There are entire books written on just this aspect of Golf but all professionals agree that the difference between a novice and a professional may just be a golf swing away. Let us share a few tips:

Tip # 1: Maintain your balance

Before hitting the ball, it is vital that a player is well balanced. Initially, your entire body weight should be distributed evenly between the heels of your foot. Once you start swinging, make sure that you make yourself ready to transfer your weight from the back to the front foot. In the middle of the swing, you should feel your weight transferring from the back foot to the front foot. At the point of impact with the ball, the front foot should carry most of your body weight.

Tip # 2: Grip

Make sure that your grip is neither too tight nor too loose. A proper grip allows a golfer to maneuver them to a perfect shot. Don't forget! Your hands should never move during a swing. Go back to the nets, if you ever feel even a slight movement of the grip. New golfers may find it difficult to adjust in more humid condition. Always keep a towel, sold at most professional golf outlets.

Whatever your grip, the most basic thing to remember is the position of your hands. Both hands should face opposite to each other i.e. the back are opposite and the palm facing each other.

Tip # 3: Posture

Posture is probably the first thing that golfers and learners worry about. Posture is how you stand. A good posture not only helps you play naturally but it also protects you from back injury. Senior golfers are most affected by a wrong posture.

To evaluate yourself, you should stand straight with a natural stand. Bend down a little, as you normally would, to hold a club. At this position, make sure that your shoulders are hung loose and you are not feeling cramps in your back nor falling down. The point here is that you should feel relaxed.

Tip # 4: Let your head move

It is a myth and one of the most misunderstood statements in Golf when your instructor says, "let the head stay still". It just means that your head should not be swinging like your club swings. It is important to learn that your head will always and should always move a little, while you are swinging. A rough idea is that your head should not move two inches in the direction of the swing. If you can maintain a natural posture while swinging, it doesn't matter how much the head moves. Anyone telling you to keep your head still is wrong. Period! It is simply not natural and doesn't support the movement of your hips.

These are a few but most important golf tips that are considered to be a pre-requisite to any learning activity. Great players are different only because they not only learn the basics but also understand and implement these skills, throughout their careers.
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