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Golf Tips for longer drives, shorter swings and more

Golf Tips for Driving your Golf ball longer

We all want to know the golf tips for driving your golf ball longer. Every golfer I know wants more distance off the tee and is willing to try almost anything to make it happen. I’m sure that I have written about this in some of my other articles, but let me just go over again some of my techniques. These are some of the techniques that a lot of the pro’s use and in time, if you play long enough, you’ll figure out these little secrets for yourself eventually.
The very first thing that I want to throw at you is some golf grip tips. When your swinging hard, you want to be able to return the clubface squarely to the ball, so you need to maintain very light grip pressure. If you grip too tightly, you will tense up from your hands to your shoulders and maybe even down your back. Then, you’ll end up rushing your downswing and get the handle too far ahead of the clubhead, probably causing a pushed shot or hitting the ball, who knows where. So remember, light grip pressure is important when using your driver, woods, and your high irons, like the 3,4,5. Choke down a little and grip a little harder when your hitting out of the rough or approach shots to the green. These are great golf lessons that I,m giving you so go to the range and see for yourself.

Next, and this creates speed and speed equals distance, try adjusting your stance a little by turning your front foot out to where it’s about 30 degrees open. This will help you to clear your left side faster on your downswing, right side if your a lefty, creating faster arm speed. You will need to go to the driving range and work this out and figure out exactly where your front foot needs to be in order for this to work for you. Just hit a few balls adjusting your foot in out and further out, until you find what works best for you. This adjustment will help to add distance.

The next major golf tip would be to take your club back and make as wide an arc as possible on your backswing, all the way to the top. This will create more centrifugal force and clubhead speed through the ball. Don’t misunderstand me here, swing within yourself and maintain your center of gravity. Keep your spine angle upright and head fairly straight and swing your arms and torso around, keeping your eye on the ball at all times. I want you to make a complete shoulder turn as possible and make a slower and longer swing. Did you catch that? A Slower, Longer swing. Slowing down your golf swing will fix so many problems for beginners, I just can’t begin to tell you. I know what your thinking; “But, I have to swing harder so that I can hit it farther.” Not true my friend. If you get up there and try to kill it or, even worse, try to keep up with what everybody else is doing, your not going to have a good round. Never try to play someone else’s game, play to your strength’s and work hard in the areas where your having the most trouble. Learn to course manage your game. If it’s a dog leg hole, hit your ball to where you clear the dog leg and land your ball so that it’s sitting where it needs to be for the next shot. Don’t automatically pull out your driver and try to force it. Make calculated shots and be dilligent in practicing your short game. In finishing your backswing, lead with your lower body, then bring your arms around and through the ball.

Golf Tips for Practicing a Shorter Swing

Let me explain the significance of a shorter swing. Let me begin with saying that 95 percent or more of amateurs overswing. Overswinging usually causes a reverse weight shift and said weight shift away from your target on the downswing, causes an over-the-top motion that slices across your ball. This is probably the main reason why amateurs slice so often. Learning a shorter swing can yield a lot of benefits. I changed to a shorter swing a couple of years ago and it has really allowed me to go for the pin more often and be in more control of my ball. When you try to swing at a golf ball with everything you have, you are not going to be in control of your ball because you are trying to swing outside yourself. A more shorter, controlled swing is going to work much better for you. Let’s get down to some fundamentals.

First and foremost, correctly setting and maintaining posture and wrist angles plays a big role. When I set up for a shot, I have my left hand, right hand if your a lefty, inside my left thigh. When you start from this position, it keeps your hands ahead of the ball, which is essential to all good swings. Next, let me say that all good backswings have a good wrist cock, with your right wrist being the most critical. The key is to set a good wrist cock on the backswing and maintain it during the downswing and deliver a powerful punch to the ball. You can not only get more distance probably with this powerful, compact swing, but you will be able to control your distance and your ball much better.

Timing is critical with all golf swings, especially a shorter full swing. It is extremely dependent on the proper synchronization of your motion. Downswings begin with a very subtle weight shift from the right to the left side. Use your large thigh muscles to provide the ignition for the correct downswing motion. When accomplished, the timing drops the club into position so you can rotate aggressively through the shot. As your club is pulled down, you develop plenty of clubhead speed by maintaining the wrist angle set during your backswing. Delaying this wrist angle adds to the power. Releasing it prematurely, takes away some power or distance.

The golf swing is an individual thing because everybody’s golf swing is a little unique. Find what works best for you and develop it. There really is no such thing as the best golf swing. There are several ways to get there, you just need to find what works best for you. How to golf is a really big subject. The key is to always be looking for ways to improve and work on your short falls. Don’t be close-minded, try new techniques and different ball positionings and different set-ups. You might be amazed at how quickly your game changes for the better. See you on the blog side.

Finishing your golf swing

Finishing your golf swing is essential because it will help you to be more consistent at impact and if your clubface isn’t squared at impact, you don’t know where your golf ball is going. How you swing is up to the individual golfer. Some golfers have a very upright swing with a high finish, like Bubba Watson. Others, like Anthony Kim, have a much flatter swing where they finish with their arms and club lower and more around their body. The upright swing usually works better for taller players and the flatter swing works better for the shorter golfer. A couple of years ago, I changed my golf swing to a much more flatter swing which helped to give me a more straighter and lower ball flight, which really helps on a windy day.
There is a golf drill that a lot of golfers use to help them stay connected through the golf swing. You have probably seen it before, but it really works. Put a towel or golf head cover under your left armpit, right armpit if your a lefty, and hold it there throughout your swing without letting it drop. This keeps your left arm closer to your chest, which will keep your swing on the proper swing plane. The proper swing plane will help you to be squared at impact, if everything else is right, and to follow through to the finish consistently. Your follow-through should produce more rotation of the forearms after impact, which, by the way, should cure your slice and help you to get a little closer to your perfect golf swing.
One of the best golf tips that has really worked for me is to keep your left arm, right arm for lefty’s, straight and close to my chest. This really keeps my swing plane on line and it ables me to control my ball better and land it right where I want it to go. If you find that your reaching for the ball, bring your arms and hands in a little closer to your body and see if that works better for you.
A good way to know if you have finished in balance and in good form is that your back foot should be raised off the ground onto your toes and all of your weight has shifted onto the outside of your front foot. A golf swing should finish with your weight mostly on your front foot and you should be facing your target. Check and practice everything until you have a smooth, fluid swing and you can finish in balance, facing your target. See you on the blog side.

Fine tuning your golf swing

This is something to consider only when you’re at the point where you have all the basics and you need to bring them all together. You have decided on your golf grip, you’ve got your golf stance down, you’ve corrected your slice, you have a good golf swing plane and making solid contact, most of the time. Some days, your ball striking is pretty good. You play again the very next day and you can’t control your golf ball. What’s going on? Well, it could be a number of things combined or one particular secret that you’ve discovered that works for you and you have already forgotten it. Not that hard to do these days with everybody being so busy. One quick golf tip that I want to mention before we move on is to carry a pencil and a little pad with you next time you go to the driving range and write down the little things that you discover while practicing. Your average golf pro will do this if he finds a way to correct something, while practicing after a round. He writes down every detail so that he can get into the mindset of where he was the day before while at the driving range. Write down everything that works for you and go over it just before a round.
One of the biggest keys to golf is consistancy and this could be what your lacking. What exactly do I mean by this? If you don’t have a regular routine that you do every time before you make your shot, it can wreak havoc on your game. Maybe sometimes you get caught up in the moment and get excited and you step up to the ball and make a quick decision followed by a very fast swing. The next time, you stand over the ball too long and think too much, usually resulting in a bad golf shot. The golf swing is obviously of major importance, but without a regular routine to put you at ease where you can relax before every swing, it’s not going to work for you consistantly. This routine has to be of your creation. Every golfer’s routine is a little different.
Some golfers lead into their takeaways by staying in motion with their feet, waggling their club and making what they call a forward press, leaning their hands slightly ahead of the ball before starting their backswing. These type routines are more popular among the older generation of golfers. More and more of your modern players these days, start their backswing from a stationary position at address. It really doesn’t matter what your routine is, just find what’s comfortable for you and what works best for you and do it every time. That way, if you start feeling the pressure, take some deep breaths and go with your normal routine.
After you develop your routine, establish your tempo and path of your swing. Maybe the path of your swing is too straight up and down or maybe your swing is too flat. Figure it out and practice it. Your backswing should be at a slow, but steady pace and your downswing should be a controlled steady pace. Don’t swing too hard or too fast. This is a common mistake with beginners and even sometimes with the pro’s. Check your swing, slow it down a little, relax and keep your grip pressure light. Grip a little harder out of the rough and sand. See you on the blog side.