Fix Your Cranky Golf Swing Forever

By: Helen Hecker

You may receive all the greatest golf tips in the world, take countless lessons and get superior instruction and still may not be able to gain consistency. If you're like most golfers, you want to improve, not just hack around the golf course. It's important to remember, your golf swing is what drives your score; not your clubs or ball.

Overall, you generally want to play golf with confidence. It's been proven that thinking positively about bettering your game will benefit you more than playing to compete with your partners and trying to win for winnings sake. Approach the game with a positive attitude and repeat affirmations if you can, such as "I play great golf all the time."

Putts and short chips are ideally played without much movement of the body, but most other golf shots are played using variants of the full golf swing. Try not to grip the club too tightly. After the ball is hit, the follow-through stage consists of a continued rotation to the left.

The backswing is a rotation to the right, consisting of a shifting of the player's body weight to the right side, a turning of the pelvis and shoulders, lifting of the arms and flexing of the elbows and wrists. At the end of a backswing the hands are above the right shoulder, with the golf club pointing more or less in the intended direction of ball flight. Before you swing, make sure you're relaxed; contract all your muscles tightly for a moment and then relax them.

Standing over the ball for too long a time and wondering whether you're going to swing the club correctly can easily result in a skewed shot, or completely missing the ball. Ask your pro to evaluate your posture while swinging. The most important thing about the golf swing is the angle and not the strength that's applied to it.

Trust your golf club to do the job it was intended to do. Many golfers who are strongly left-handed in their daily life prefer the right-handed golf swing.

Don't underestimate the value of fitness when it comes to your golf swing and your overall game. It's no secret; most of the professional players actively participate in workouts. Using a weighted club, make rotational golf swings to improve your power.

There are swing aids that will help you with swing alignment. Aids are often for sale at your pro shop or local golf shop. There are golf swing aids that act as driving range simulators. Aids will improve your golf game. There are a wide range of golf swing aids on the market today to help the beginning and advanced golfer. Look for aids at your local golf course.

Overall, investing in golf swing aids will greatly improve your swing and your game. Most of all don't waste your money on an aid you don't need or will never use. Keep in mind that with some aids, you may still need advice or help from an expert.

There are a number of good golf swing aids on the market today. Before buying any golf swing aid, check with an expert to get an idea of what problem you need to work on first; backlift of golf swing, momentum of downward thrust or stance for example.

Try to concentrate on one golf swing weakness at time. Practice, practice, practice! Take as many private lessons as you can afford with a good pro.

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