Golf Swing PlaneNew golfers have a tendency towards problems with their golf swing. This is not surprising given that the golf swing is so complicated, but there are two areas in particular that seems to give the most trouble, and that's getting their golf swing on the correct swing plane and getting a good tempo into their golf swing. They seem to concentrate more on producing power than they do on rhythm and control. This usually results in a dreadfully inconsistent golf swing and a bad golf slice or golf hook.
Their biggest problem is that they never get to feel what a good golf swing is like. New golfers try to emulate the golf professionals swing instead of building their golf swing up to that level, they try and start off with the tour pros golf swing and then wonder why they are making all their mistakes. Even new golfers who take lessons can't seem to help themselves from falling into this same trap. The result is usually that they are left trying to correct a golf slice.
However, it is not just new golfers that run into difficulties with their golf swing, most golfers will 'lose their swing' from time to time. It happens for all kinds of reasons, even just tiredness can do it. What we all need is something we can use to reground our golf swing when it gets out of kilter. Simplify things by using a single plane golf swing.
I have a drill that I've used for a good number of years, and it works surprisingly well considering it's simplicity. Whenever my golf swing breaks down or I've had a lay off from golf for any length of time, I use this drill to get my golf swing back into its groove and it works wonders with new golfers to give them the feel for the golf swing and the rhythm and tempo that they should have.
The Golf Swing Plane and Tempo DrillThis drill is very simple, but it gets your swing on the correct swing plane and works very well on your tempo.
The first thing to do is decide on a target line, the aim is make sure that the club head never crosses this line, either before impact or after impact.
Take a back swing and stop when your leading arm is parallel with the ground, make sure that the butt end of your golf club is pointing to the target line.
Execute a down swing and stop your follow through when your trailing arm is parallel with the ground, again, make sure that the butt end of your golf club is pointing to the target line. This should be like a mirror image of the back swing.
Now just keep swinging your golf club between these two points and concentrate on the club head and the rhythm of your golf swing. Try and remember to keep your hips as quiet as possible, you don't want any unnecessary body movement that you wouldn't have during a normal golf swing.
Now take another club and do the same routine swinging both clubs together, I find that two mid irons are best for this, people with big hands will naturally find this easier to do, but even golfers with small hands can do it, the extra weight almost forces you into the correct tempo.
After a few minutes of this, try lengthening your swing a small bit at a time. There is no need to try and complete a full swing, in fact, you shouldn't go any further than shoulder height.
If you do a couple of minutes a day using this technique you will find that your golf swing will benefit in all sorts of ways. Happy golfing.