In the world of golf, everything comes down to your swing. Even top-of-the-line clubs can’t make up for poor posture or sloppy grip.
If you are one of the 2 million new golfers heading out to play, consider checking your swing before you schedule your next round.
To take your game to the next level, read on for our top 5 golf swing tips.
Before you even think about starting your backswing, check your balance. You need to keep a steady center of gravity while staying loose enough to move your body through each phase of your swing.
Put your weight on the balls of your feet and add a slight bend to your knees. Point your club face at your target and align your shoulders and feet behind it.
Make sure to shift your weight throughout your swing. Your stance should be fluid and mobile, not stiff.
A tight, white-knuckled grip has no place in your game, even if you find yourself stuck in a sand trap again. Next time you tee up, take a deep breath, relax, and loosen your fingers a little before you swing.
It can be tempting to put every ounce of muscle you have in your swing, but try to hold back. It’s much easier to miss your target if you’re adding too much extra oomph. Focus instead on accuracy. You may be surprised at how little physical effort it takes to send your ball flying.
What’s the secret to great follow through? Keep your eye on the ball.
If you take your eyes off the ball, even at the very last moment, you won’t deliver a full swing and you’ll miss your target. Keep your head trained on that ball until it comes to a stop on the green.
If you really want to improve, there really is no substitute for regular practice. Head out to the driving range whenever you can and spend some time working on your swing.
Don’t get stuck in one single routine, however. Change up your clubs and your targets at the range. It won’t do your game any good if you become an expert in hitting one target with one club and you remain a novice in every other scenario.
The journey to improving your golf swing can be a fulfilling adventure. Shake up your routine by golfing on a new course—there are, after all, more than 34,000 courses to choose from around the world. Adopt different stances, switch up your grip style, and keep educating yourself. You’ll see your scores improve—and you’ll have more fun during the process.