While practicing may not be as much fun as one would like, it is on the range that your swing improves, rather than on the golf course. It’s a good idea to allow yourself no less than half an hour weekly to work on your swing. Indeed, you can have the best golf equipment in the world, but if you don’t practice, you’re not going to see yourself become a great golfer. These 4 fundamentals are going to help you improve.
Surprising or not, your grip plays an important role when it comes to your swing. Now, if you’re going to watch pros playing, you’re going to notice that not all of them have the same grip. Some have an interlocking type, others an overlapping one, others a strong one, and yet others a weak one. Each golfer will work with what they find better, but there are some general things you can keep in mind. First off, the grip should run more through the fingers rather than the palm. In addition, the pressure should be a lighter, rather than a stronger one, as it should be enough to hold the club without restricting it more than needed. For the weak vs strong grip debate, though pros may have their own preference, for the average golfer, going for a stronger one is their best bet. Having a stronger grip means turning your hands slightly to the right at address.
If you’ve got bad posture and balance, you’re going to have a hard time playing well. Perhaps the biggest mistake out there is not using the hips when you’re bending forward. Indeed, many people bend from their upper back, while leaving the hips unmoved. Not only will this negatively impact the effectiveness of the swing, but it will also lead to pain in your lower back. So what should you do? First off, when you get into the right posture, make sure that you’re putting pressure on the balls of the feet to ensure that there’s enough balance. Then, from your hips, start to bend forward. A promising sign is if you’re feeling tension in the back of the legs. As far as bending the knees, it shouldn’t be done too much. All you have to do is to soften them a bit.
When starting to swing, it is very important to ensure that you stay connected. This may sound very confusing, but what it’s referring to is ensuring that your shoulders are the ones used when taking the club back. Make sure that your hands don’t get too far from your body’s rotation. Your body, arms, hands and, of course, your club should move together. This is known as the one piece takeaway, and it’s what we refer to when we say you should stay connected.
Out of all the fundamentals we’ve talked about in this article, the easiest to follow has to do with where the ball should be placed relative to your body. The reason why it’s the easiest is that it is the least subjective one. When you’re using a driver, the ball should be inside of your left heel. When you use a pitching wedge, the ball should be in the middle of the stance. When figuring out where the middle is, use your heels as reference, because your toes can mislead you. Finally, if you’re using a 6 iron, make sure the ball is in the middle of the distance between where it would be if you were using a driver, or a pitching wedge.
Golfing, just like pretty much anything else in this world, is something you’ll get better at with practice. Though this process is not as much fun as actually playing, ensuring that you put some time aside for practice will lead to a more fun, less frustrating game.