Proper Golf Swing - One of the harder things to Master
by Trevor Mulholland
Most beginning golfers don't realize how much skill and technique
goes into a proper golf swing. It looks so easy when you see
experienced golfers or pros swing - it even sounds quite simple
when the theory of the technique is explained to you. But
watching it and hearing about it, and actually doing it yourself
are indeed two different things!
An effective golf swing takes quite a bit of practice to
perfect. People spend years working on their swing. Keep in
mind that the object is to get the ball into the hole at or
under par for that hole....but the swing is what determines
whether that actually happens or not. Essentially, a proper
golf swing determines the entire outcome of the game!
An effective golf swing is accomplished by forming a triangle
with your shoulders and arms, and keeping that triangle locked
in place throughout the entire swinging process. This is often
easier said than done, and you will find that you lose control
of the ball by slicing a great deal before you get the concept
down. When you draw the club back, you do not move your arms,
even though your arms are essentially moving. What you are
really moving is your shoulder and your hips - without ever
actually moving your arms.
There are many training aids available to help you develop
a good golf swing. You should take advantage of the available
technology to improve your game. There are aids that will
help you keep your arms locked, as well as aids that help
you keep your wrists locked. There are aids to help you correct
your stance, as well as your backswing, upswing, and even
the force with which you hit the ball. If you have an issue
that needs to be corrected in your golf game or swing, there
is a golfing aid available to help you!
Making a video tape, showing your swing from all angles will
also help you improve your game. Have a friend video tape
your swing. Get lots of footage on the tape, and then watch
it - in slow motion. Really pay attention to every aspect
of your swing, watching from your head down to your feet.
Making yourself aware of the mistakes is the first step to
solving them. If you know what problems exist, you will pay
special attention to those areas the next time you play. With
enough practice and determination, you can correct those problems.
Don't be afraid to look funny. Looking good on the golf course
is not your top priority - playing a great game of golf is
what you are after. Some people have a stance that looks a
little funny to others...but those same people have perfected
that stance to the point where they have greatly improved
their swing because of it. Some people grip the club in a
funny manner. Some people play 'natural golf' using 'natural
golf swings.' This form of golf does look funny to traditional
golfers - but it is quite effective. Don't be afraid of being
different if it helps you play better!
Studying the swings of great golfers can be a training tool
within itself. However, it is important to remember that you
are an individual. While you can try many of their techniques,
their exact technique probably won't work as well for you
as it does for them. Take their techniques, and work with
them to make them your very own - as long as they improve
You can practice your swing at home or at the office (if
this is allowed). You don't need a ball; you just need a little
room. Swing the club, just as you would if you were going
to hit the ball. Instead of concentrating on needing to hit
the ball, however, concentrate on the actual swing.
You should also consider using training clubs as well. These
will build your strength a great deal, allowing you to hit
the ball harder and farther than ever before! Remember that
developing a proper golf swing takes time, practice and patience.
If you are having problems, do not get frustrated, or give
up. Keep working at it, and look for the solution you need
to correct the swing problems you have. One of these days,
you will be playing like a pro!
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