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Tips to Improve Your Golf Swing at Golf Academies

Sep 11, 2008
Golf academies can help you improve your golf swing by giving you pointers in many different areas of the game. Whether it be paying attention to the position of your knees or paying attention to your forearms during a swing, golf academies are the premier place to lower your score.

One important factor that should not be ignored is where your hands and forearms are right when your club impacts the ball. To work on this, stand in your position that you are in when impact occurs. Flip your trailing wrist as if you were casting a fishing pole. This is something that you should never do, and is called a wrist break. Not flipping your wrist will add distance and reduce your slice.

Another aspect of golf that golf academies can help you with involves your knee. A lot of golfers collapse their left knee towards the right knee during the backswing. This makes your hips sway and your shoulders drop, negatively affecting your swing. To correct this, you should keep your knees towards your target. Many experts suggest imagining holding a basketball between your knees, not letting it drop. Your hand position during the backswing is a key variable that will determine the success of your swing. Your top hand should be held in a hitchhiker like position, thumb extended. Another way to think of it is to imagine your hand being held out in a sort of handshake position, with the palm neither up nor down. Paying attention to your hands will make sure that you start a great swing off on the right foot.
A common mistake that people make when they first begin instruction at golf academies is that they are too quick to swing.

Once the backswing reaches the sky there should be a slight pause, which gets the golfer into a stable rhythm during his swing. Being too quick to change direction during a swing is something that the golfer must make a mental note of to improve his game.

To avoid poor contact with the ball and a large loss of power during your swing, pay attention to your right knee. On the backswing, it is very important to keep your weight on the inside of the right foot. You also should keep your knee slightly bent, and avoid locking the knee. Doing this will help your force get behind the ball, sending it farther out.

Wind is often an issue during a golf game, and often, players assume that in windy conditions, they should hit the ball harder and faster to compensate for the wind. This is a bad idea, because that causes the ball to go higher, and also will make the ball spin, usually somewhat out of control. So when the day is windy, use a longer club than you normally would on a calm day, keep your hands forward, and swing easy. Control is the name of the game when the wind is really flying!
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