2 Basic Steps to Improving Your Golf Swing

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Golf Swing Tips | 0 comments

The game of golf is actually an individual sport. The basics are the same for every person; however, due to the differences in people’s body types no two people will always have the same golf swing. Every person will have to adapt their bodies to perform a proper golf swing in their own way. Taking the time to develop your own method of playing golf will greatly enrich your enjoyment and success at the game. Practicing the necessary fundamentals of the game until they are ingrained in your muscles will lead to confidence on the course, and that confidence will lead to success and enjoyment of the game.

One of the most basic steps that you can place into action and see an immediate development to your golf swing is to keep your head still and look straight at the ball. The position of your head must be straight in line with your spine, and your nose should be raised up a bit so that once you start to swing, your left shoulder fits under your chin. Many players tuck their heads into their chests to try and keep their heads still and look straight down at the golf ball. Unfortunately, they cannot do a proper golf swing while in this position.

If you are one of the many that are having trouble keeping your head straight and an eye on the ball try the following. The next time you get in touch with the ball, imagine the correct stance with your feet and knees in position but keep your head and back straight, bend forward slightly at the waist and look straight at the ball. If you try and take a swing in this position, your left shoulder will most likely hit your chin. While keeping your eyes on the ball, raise your head gradually until your left shoulder does not hit your chin. Make sure that your head does not move from side to side by keeping your eyes fixed on the ball. Slowly go through the backswing and downswing portions of your golf swing. Do not hit the ball and do the follow through. Practice this portion of your golf swing focusing on keeping your head straight and eyes on the ball.

Practice this drill in your backyard for just about 25 times in a row and then take a break and relax a bit, then start again. Make minor corrections to your head and body position as desired to keep your eyes straight on the ball and your left shoulder from hitting your chin. This exercise will “train” your body, and your muscles will “remember” the correct position you need to be in to perform the movement correctly. Think about any sports athlete, they train and train to place their bodies in the correct stance and position to properly execute the movements necessary to be successful in their particular sport. You are doing the same thing by “training” your body to keep your head straight and position itself so that you can successfully accomplish a proper golf swing.

An additional fundamental step that can work greatly towards improving your golf swing is to relax. I know it is easier said then completed, especially when you are getting ready to put all your power into drive with an audience of either your co-workers, or better still your friends who will not let you forget it if you mess up. However, relaxing your muscles will help you to keep the proper balance that is valuable to a impressive golf swing. Despite of the golf clubs you use, your balance is the primary foundation of your golf swing, and the way to attain good balance is to practice. A good way to practice improving your balance is to assume the address position with your club, relax your body and try holding it there for about 30 seconds. Does it feel like you have additional weight on one foot or the other? Is one part of your body more tense then another?

Keeping your head straight and maintaining good balance are just two fundamental parts of a impressive golf swing. The exercises given above are just two ways that you can start training now to develop your golf swing. You can work on either one separately, or join them together into one exercise. Improving your golf swing begins and ends with you. Training the muscles of your body to right perform specific movements takes time and practice. The effort spent improving your golf swing will pay off on the course. Through exercise and practice, you will be able to slip into the proper address stance and play an effortless, powerful golf swing and feel just as if you were sliding your hand into a warm soft glove.

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