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5 Tips to Improve Your Golf Swing

5 Tips to Improve Your Golf Swing

Golf is a calmer sport than football or basketball, but that doesn't make it any less popular. In fact, 23.82 million Americans participant in the sport.

Golf players existed during the reign of Julius Caesar, in Ancient China, and in 15th century Scotland. Of all those golfers throughout all of history, you can bet most of them were always looking to improve their game. That's the mark of a true athlete.

Unlike most high impact sports, golf is an extremely precise game. There are very complicated physics involved in the success of a golf swing. However, this is not the only important mechanic.

To step up your game, check out these five tips on how to improve your golf swing.

1. Low Hands and Body Power

If you want to lower the trajectory of your shots, hand placement is everything. While many golf players choose a strong club and moving the ball back instead, they're less reliable methods.

In the finish, make sure to keep your hands low. This will effectively lower the height of your shots.

Additionally, watch the positioning of your spine, forearm, wrists, and elbows in your backswing. As you rotate, you should finish with a forearm parallel to your spine. Your elbows and forearms should form a nice triangle.

Form is everything!

2. Body Power and Hinge Power

Powering the ball with your body, and not your arms, is one of the major keys to a successful golf swing.

With your body in dead stop, place your club behind the ball. Now, try to move the ball into the air without a backswing. Once you master this, you have mastered body power.

Hinging your wrists is another way to properly put power into your shot. During your setup, there should be a 45-degree angle between your arm and club shaft. As you rotate into the backswing, your wrists should move into a 90-degree angle with the club shaft.

3. Elbow Slice

There is a debate over elbow positioning, but to improve your results, it's something you want to experiment with. It's essentially a choice between a tucked elbow and one you let fly.

The most important aspect of a tucked elbow is to keep your shoulders controlled, which will give you more power in your downswing and less room for error overall.

4. No Flippiness

When your body is out of position during your swing, your hands will instinctively flip your wrists. This will happen close to impact and is too quick of an event to truly control.

To avoid this, practice your shot with an impact bag. Your lead arm should be in line with the head shaft, and your hips slightly open.

5. Chipping

Break out a wooden dowel to practice your chipping virtually anywhere. Have about two feet of the dowel poking out of the top of the grip of your clubshaft.

If the dowel presses against you as you practice, it means your wrist is not rigid enough. Try to keep a hands forward position as your practice.

More Golf Swing Tips

Insanity can be defined as repeating the same actions yet expecting different results. You can take this approach with your golf game.

Instead of repeating the same techniques that have your performance plateauing, try these new strategies.

Need more help with your golf swing? Contact our Golf Pros to schedule golf lessons and up your game today!