Becoming A Good Golfer All Begins With Perfecting Your Swing

By: Gregg Hall

Golf is very simple when it comes down to it. All you're trying to do is to hit the ball into the hole using as few strokes as possible. Of course, we all know there's much more to it than that, but we can also agree that it really does come down to just that. The less strokes it takes you to get where you're going, the more successful you'll be at golf. To decrease the number of strokes it takes you to get the ball in the hole, it's important that your golf swing is correct.

There are four basic components to a good golf swing: club head speed, solid contact with the ball, the angle of the club face, and the swing plane/path. The speed of the swing is important because this is where a lot of your power is generated. Perhaps this is self-evident, but many people don't realize that perfect form is meaningless if your swing is slow. To improve your club head speed and achieve the best golf swing you can, you really need to stretch, exercise, and lift weights. You don't have to be a gym rat. Just take good care of yourself and work your muscles and you'll find your club head speed will increase noticeably as will the distance of your drives.

Making solid contact with ball is important, too. All the strength and club head speed in the world are meaningless if you can't hit the ball squarely. Related to making solid contact is the angle of the club face. This is a key aspect of developing the best possible golf swing. If the angle of your club face isn't right, you'll end up hooking the ball or slicing it.

Fourth is the swing plane and swing path of your golf swing. Just as it's important to have your club face at the right angle, it's equally important that the angle of your swing as a whole is correct. As a general rule you want the entire path of your swing to be at a 90 degree angle to your back and 45 degrees in relation to the ground. Keeping this in mind will help you hit the ball well and true.

Of course there is much more to achieving your best golf swing than just those four aspects of the golf swing. Your swing needs to be strong but loose that the same time. You don't want to force anything. Don't loft the ball too high when it's windy or you'll ball won't travel as far, or it'll travel in the wrong direction! Swing smoothly and confidently, with just a short pause at the top of your swing to get yourself into a good rhythm. The significance of a good rhythm and stable balance to making your golf swing as good as it can be can't be overstated. Remember to use your whole body, not just your arms and wrists. You'll gain a good bit more power if you can get your whole body into your golf swing.

The goal of golf is to get the ball into the whole using as few strokes as possible. Along with exercise, the key to achieving the best golf swing is to practice it regularly using correct form.

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