It can be said that the game of golf is truly an individual sport, although don’t tell the respective members of the Ryder Cup teams. Having said that the fundamental skills are the same for everyone. However, due to the differences in people’s body types no two people will ever have the same golf swing. Each individual golfer will have to adapt their bodies to execute a proper, or as near as possibly to proper, golf swing in their own way. Taking the time to develop your own method of playing golf will greatly improve your enjoyment and success at the game. This article will help you to improve your swing with two simple steps.
Practicing the basic fundamental skills 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. As any golfer will tell you, probably the most fundamental skill to get right is the golf swing. But how do you improve your swing?
One of the most basic steps that you can put into action and see an immediate improvement to your golf swing is to keep your head still and look straight at the ball. Your head positioning should be straight in line with your spine, and your nose should be raised up a bit so that when you start to swing, your left shoulder fits under your chin. A large number of 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 perform a proper golf swing while in this position.
If you are one of the many that find this step difficult, try the following:
The next time you approach the ball, assume 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 slowly until your left shoulder does not hit your chin. Ensure 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 exercise in your own backyard, or even in your office at work (assuming that there is the space to do so!!) for 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 required 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. Any sportsman will tell you that to master any aspects of your chosen sport requires you to train and train. The training will include perfecting how 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 execute a proper golf swing.
Another basic step that can work greatly towards improving your golf swing is to relax. I know this may sound simplistic and it may not initially seem that easy, especially when you are getting ready to put all your power into your drive with an audience of fellow players watching who will not let you forget it if you mess up. However, relaxing your muscles will help you to maintain the proper balance that is important to a great golf swing. Of course, generally speaking, the correct golf clubs are important when playing golf but in this instance, irrespective of the golf clubs you use, your balance is the primary foundation of your golf swing, and the way to achieve 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 more 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 basic parts of a great golf swing. The exercises mentioned above are just two ways that you can start training now to improve your golf swing. You can work on either one separately, or combine them together into one exercise. Improving your golf swing begins and ends with you and the time and effort you put in. Training the muscles of your body to properly perform specific movements takes time and practice. The effort spent improving your golf swing will pay off in the long run. Through exercise and practice, you will be able to slip into the proper address position and perform an effortless, powerful golf swing and feel comfortable in doing so.
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