Avoiding Thin Shot In Golf

First of all, the thin shot is not always a bad shot. Some of the better golfers even play it intensionally at times, but for most golfers it is a mis-hit, and so avoiding the thin shot in golf can be a priority for some, especially if it is a frequently recurring problem. In any case, at least one swing fault will be a contributory factor, it often goes hand-in-hand with the dreaded golf slice.

So what exactly is a thin shot in golf, apart from being the opposite of a fat shot?

The simplest explanation is when the bottom of the club head, or blade, makes contact too high with the golf ball, usually at the midway point or slightly below. This sends the ball off on a low trajectory which usually ends up traveling further than intended and the direction of the shot is often unpredictable leading to an inconsistent golf swing.

Thin shots are generally caused by players pulling their body up prior to impact, common among golfers that hunch their shoulders forward at address, or releasing the club to early so that the club head gets ahead of the hands before impact.

Having the wrong swing plane can also cause thin shots in golf. Standing too far from the ball can make the golfer hunch their shoulders forward making them have to stretch in order to reach the ball, this produce a flatter swing plane regardless of the golf club used. Standing too upright produces a lot of fault symptoms, normally a slice because the club head will follow an out-to-in swing plane, but a thin shot is also a common result.

Swaying towards your back foot during the back swing and not swaying back during the downswing enough can also cause a thin shot. Just try and avoid swaying all together, it's not necessary and too hard to judge right that it's best not to do it at all. Swaying is not the same thing as the weight transfer towards your back foot on the back swing and towards your front foot on the downswing, this is different from swaying. You can easily improve your golf swing just by eliminating the unwanted swaying motion.

Your shoulders, point too far left or right, at address can also produce thin shots and is often overlooked as a source of this mis-hit.

These are some of the more common things to look out for when you're avoiding thin shot in golf. If you understand the swing faults that cause it you'll have a far better chance of deciding which fault you have to correct and eliminate it for good.

Improve Your Golf With Custom Fitted Clubs

What do most golfers do when they're having trouble with their golf swing or not getting the results they want?

Well, it’s amazing how many golfers read everything that they need to know about a backswing, downswing, stance, and grip but tend to forget about one very important aspect of their game – club fitting. Listen, if your club doesn't fit you perfectly there is a good chance you are adding loft or flex to the shaft that could create a variety of bad shots.

Let me just get one thing straight before I go any further. If you suck at golf there is no magic way to improve your game and make you a better golfer. There is no custom fitted, top of the line, golf clubs that will do this for you. This is not what I am trying to say. However, if you play a decent game of golf you can greatly benefit from golf club fitting. There is an excellent chance that you will fix many areas of your game such as a slice or hook. Most golfers from beginners to experienced are playing with the wrong equipment and it’s hurting their game significantly.

Customizing your golf club to your grip size could correct that nasty slice or hook almost overnight. While a custom fitted club length will give you a more consistent swing that will also minimize the risks of injury. These are two key factors in the improvements that you can make in your game and, as you already know, a major part of the type of game that you play is consistency.

When you are looking for a club fitting there are a few things that you will want to inquire about before choosing just any club fitter to handle this important task for you. It’s important that you are looking for a good club fitter that will take various factors into consideration. One of the best techniques to finding a reputable club fitter in your area is to visit your local course and talk to the top amateurs. Find out who they are using for their club fittings and repairs.

I have seen numerous players add 20-30 yards almost instantly to their drives by getting fitted for the proper shaft. Just grabbing a stock driver off of the shelf and assuming that, just because it is Nike or Callaway, it should fit your swing. Take the time to get properly fitted and I promise you will see instant results.

The Fade Golf Shot

The Golf Fade v. The Golf Slice

The fade golf shot is the baby brother of the slice golf shot, and like the slice it starts off heading left (righties) of the target and then curves right back towards the target again. The big difference between the slice and the fade is how much it curves to the right, a slice usually continues curving well off target. The golf slice, being more severe, is never a good golf shot and is regarded as a fault, whereas the golf fade is a very useful shot to have in your armory. Because of the spin imparted on the golf ball it flies higher and lands softer with very little run on the ball making it an excellent approach shot for the green, it also decreases the distance the ball would normally travel so this has to be taken into account.

Jack Nicklaus used the fade golf shot extensively and Lee Trevino is another great golfer that sung the praises of the fade shot, but they are not alone, all tour pros use the fade shot, some more than others, indeed tour pros seldom hit a straight shot, they prefer to get shape into their golf shots which gives them greater control over the golf ball.

Most new or weekend golfers hit fades and slices all the time, with them though, it is a fault because it is unintended and they have no control over the direction or extent of the shot, or even when it happens. However, the techniques to produce the fade are the same, even if the weekend golfers are doing it accidentally.

To produce a fade we need to impart clockwise spin on the golf ball, this is best done by changing the swing plane from in-to-out to an out-to-in one. This is when the club head crosses over the target line during the downswing, it causes the club head to come across the golf ball at impact which causes the ball to spin clockwise. It's important that the club face remains square to the target line at impact to avoid turning the fade into a slice.

The easiest way to do this is to set up as normal but line up feet, hips and shoulders slightly left of the target but keep the club face lined up on the target. You should feel as if you're using a slightly open stance, the rest of your swing remains the same as normal. Some golfers find it helpful to position the golf ball slightly forward in their stance than they normally would, but don't overdo this, the width of a ball or very slightly more should be plenty.

If you find this awkward or difficult to execute correctly then try setting up for a normal straight shot making sure that the club face is aiming directly for the target, then, keeping the club face still, simply realign your body to aim left of the target then take your normal golf swing.

Once you manage to produce the fade golf shot on demand you'll be surprised how often you will use it. But, before you decide to make it your favorite shot get to the driving range and perfect it first. This is not a shot that is kept solely for your driver or as a tee shot, you can use this with almost all of your golf clubs and is most useful as an approach shot to the green. But it does take practice, so practice the golf fade with your irons as well as fairway woods.

Fix Your Inconsistent Golf

Advice for an Inconsistent Golf Swing

Inconsistency in golf can be caused by several different things, but the two most common contributors to inconsistency in golf is fitness and getting the basics wrong. We're going to concentrate on the getting the golf swing basics right in this post, but that doesn't mean that you should ignore your golf fitness. An increase on flexibility, getting the right golf muscles stronger and working for you, being fit enough to last a full round of golf both physically and mentally is very important to your overall ability and enjoyment of golf, it works wonders when you're trying to improve your golf swing.

So, onto the golf swing and why it's inconsistent. There are lots of reasons for inconsistency in your golf swing, but one of the biggest reasons, and one that's seldom talked about, is that your mind and body get a bit confused at times. For instance, if you suffer from a golf slice, which most of us have at some point, then you'll no doubt have tried compensating for this wayward shot by lining up and aiming your shot down the other side of the fairway. For right-handers, that means aiming down the left side of the fairway and allowing for the slice to pull the shot back into the center. I'll bet it didn't work, your shot probably still curved well off to the right.

The problem is that your brain subconsciously compensates for you all the time, and during the golf swing it will have realigned you for your normal shot. the other problem between our minds and our bodies is that we are seldom doing what we think we are. This is not as unexpected as you might think because we don't actually see ourselves executing the golf swing, it's all in our imagination. We just trust that what we are intending to do is actually happening.

Now, having said all that, the number one biggest reason for an inconsistent golf swing is not getting the basics right. Whether that's because you never learned the basic golf swing in the first place, have forgotten the basic golf swing, or are just stubbornly using the swing that you think is right even when your results tell you different, doesn't really matter. To get any kind of consistency in your golf swing, you have to know and understand the basic golf swing, the most fundamental golf swing that all golf swing styles are based on.

The Simple Swing system was designed to not only teach you the correct swing, but to give you a thorough understanding of the golf swing and the correct thought processes that we need in order to achieve a good consistent golf swing. We are all different in physique and the ways in which we think and analyse, so we need a golf swing that suits our own particular shape, size, and ability.

Some Cures For A Golf Slice

A Golf Slice Needs A Cure

This is going to sound obvious, if you want to cure a golf slice then you're really trying to hit a straight shot. The problem is, just how do you go about straightening out your golf slice.

Well, here is a list of several things to try, they are all capable of helping you overcome a golf slice, it all depends on what your particular fault is. So, try them all and see which of them has a positive effect on your golf swing and ball flight.

It's important to only try one of these cures at a time, never try more than one of them, and take note of what happens. It's also important to give each one a fair chance, in other words, don't just try each one once. The driving range is the best place to try these out and give each method five to ten balls, if you don't see any significant improvement after hitting ten shots, then move on to the next tip.

Golf Slice Cure No.1

This one, if it works for you, will probably fix a few golf swing faults for you, especially if you get poor distance from your golf shots and it's very simple but don't underestimate it. Simply turn your back foot in, point your toe straight out or even slightly towards the ball, your front foot stays the same as normal. Most golfers seem to splay their feet when lining up to take their shot, the problem with pointing your toes outwards is that it allows your body to sway. It's true that you will find it easier to turn on the backswing, but for some, it allows too much movement.

With your back foot turned slightly inward, it allows you to create more tension in your backswing by restricting how far back you can turn your hips. This will generate more power if everything else in your golf swing is correct. It will also help your golf swing to follow the correct swing plane and prevent an out-to-in swing plane that causes a golf slice.

Golf Slice Cure No.2

If golf slice cure no.1 doesn't work for you, then there's a good chance that the fault lies in your grip. The real problem is likely to be that your hands are turning during the backswing and failing to turn back in the downswing. If you try using a stronger right hand grip (for righties), keep the back of your left hand facing the target, but instead of having both palms facing each other, turn your right slightly more under the grip. This will have the effect of trying to close the club face during the downswing, after all, it's an open club face at impact that is one of the major causes of a golf slice.

Golf Slice Cure No.3

Your hands and arms lagging behind your body, in other words, your body turns faster than your arms during the downswing. This will cause a golf slice. The one-piece takeaway will help you eliminate this fault if you execute it correctly. It's all to do with the triangle formed between your shoulders and your hands at address. If you maintain this triangle during the backswing then you have performed a one-piece takeaway.

To help you with trying this one, it's probably better if you keep your feet together during your golf swing. This helps you to balance properly and encourages you to have a compact swing that will be more likely to be on the right swing plane. It makes it almost impossible to let your body get in front of your arms and hands during the downswing and will help you get the feel of keeping your timing and tempo correct, if you don't, you will lose balance.

If using one of the above golf tips helps to straighten out your golf slice but doesn't cure it entirely, then you can try incorporating one of the other tips as well as the one that helped. Sometimes, using a method of elimination can be a good way to identify a particular fault in your golf swing, it can also be a good way to identify cures for your swing faults as well. The important thing is to be methodical in your approach and don't change more than one thing at a time until you have decided whether each alteration has worked or not.

New Golfers Golf Equipment Tips and Advice

Does Golf Equipment Affect Your Golfing Skills?

Golf Equipment

Are you blaming your stance, golf swing and technique for your golf miss-hits? The problem may just lie elsewhere. Sometimes your golf equipment simply does not suit your physique or style of golf swing, and it makes no difference how much time and effort you have been spending practicing to improve your golf swing and perfect your game. You still won't achieve your objectives if you're using unsuitable or defective golf clubs, will you?

This might be the right time for you to consider some of the following golf tips regarding the suitability and condition of your golf equipment. For instance, worn grips, or even the wrong size of grips, can make a big difference to your golf swing. You might just cure your golf slice in the process.

Suitable Golf Clubs

If you plan to choose used golf clubs as beginner's golf equipment, scrutinizing them before purchasing is a must. The clubheads, the shafts, and the grips are the golf club parts that should pass inspection first, before deciding whether they are good enough to land a decent spot in your golf equipment cabinet. Another excellent golf tip that will stand you in good stead when choosing used golf clubs, is making sure that the set of used golf clubs you're considering, have set consistency. It will also help a lot if you know the price of new clubs vs. used, and remember that sometimes, buying second hand doesn't always work out to be the cheaper option in the long run.

Golf Club Grips

Here's a golf tip for new golfers that plan to regrip their clubs. Be cautious. This is because the grips are the only contact point between you and your golf club, and it can therefore affect your golf swing and shot. Before carrying out the regripping, know the core grip of the club and your hands grip size. To determine your core size grip, measure the diameter of the butt of the shaft you're going to re-grip. The shaft's diameter should match the grip's core diameter. In determining your hands grip, the available size grips are regular, mid-size, oversize and jumbo. Use only the best re-gripping materials that will provide optimum performance for your golf clubs.

Golf Club Fitting Service

Another golf tip, and good advice, is that using ill-fitted clubs will not do your golf swing any favors at all, and certainly won't help your game. A golfer must consider his or her body type in choosing the best-fitting golf equipment to support and deliver their golf swing efficiently. Too steep, or shallow, angles in carrying out your golf swing may be avoided if you select the most perfect fitting golf equipment available.

Custom golf club fitting makes a better option than just buying new golf clubs. Getting custom fitted golf clubs is a golf tip that can prove to be a very worthwhile investment, remember, they will last you a long time. The uniqueness of each person, unless you are really lucky, makes it almost a necessity to get your new golf clubs fitted. A custom fitting produces golf clubs that specifically suit the height, strength, swing characteristics and clubhead speed of the golfer.

The type of club shaft also helps in predicting whether you'll do good in a game or you won't.

Golf Clubs With Steel Shafts v Graphite Shafts

There's a choice between a steel club shafts and graphite-made club shafts. This golf tip aims to make you realize which type of golf club shaft will benefit your game. It's ver often the case that the steel club shafts are more preferred by professional golfers while graphite shafts have become more popular with women, senior players and, in particular, beginner golfers. Steel shafts are less expensive than graphite shafts though.

Golf Clubs To Suit Your Skill Level

One more piece of golf advice that could help you is that the golf clubs, that are the main content of your golf bag, must suit your skill level. Since various skill levels need variety of different golf clubs, it won't be wise to just use, or bring, any old golf club that is just lying around. And, don't ever forget about the maximum amount of golf clubs that your bag is allowed to hold. You can only bring 14 golf clubs in your bag. No more. Aside from considering your skill level, your mastery of a particular golf club, and your being comfortable with using it, can't be overlooked.

A good combination of the correct golf swing and good choice of golf equipment will better arm you to become the best golfer you ever could be.

Golf Fitness Challenge Reviews

Golf Fitness Challenge Reviews

With so many different golf fitness programs popping up on the internet, it is difficult to know which to choose. From my perspective, here are the most important things to consider.

-Is the material provided or workout program written by someone with authority on the subject? Obviously, someone who has had experience in training a wide variety of golfers is going to have some experience to draw from. They should be a knowledgeable, experienced expert on golf fitness.

-Is the program doable and reasonable? This might sound like a silly statement until you've actually tried one of these programs through an internet purchase or by reading a book. If the program is too difficult or requires too much time and effort, then how is it ultimately going to benefit me?

-Will I get results from golf fitness that I can see with my game? Again, it is not necessary to restate the obvious, but why go through an entire program if you don't see tangible results.

For anyone who has ever read any books outlining the basic principles of 'how to be successful' whether it be business, golf or life, the principles are the same. They follow along the lines of...set a specific deadline, have a detailed goal in mind, develop a plan....etc.

These are all the reasons I really love the new Golf Fitness Challenge. It is the brainchild of Susan Hill, a professional golf fitness trainer, and Craig Ballanytne, Men's Health magazine expert. By applying the same principles to success, they have outlined a very specific 6 week golf exercise plan to get the body and game of your dreams. Last fall, they actually ran a real life case study on 20 golfers. They ran their program for both male and female golfers over a 6 week period. The age range was 18 to 65. The handicaps ranged from +3 to 31.

I bet you can guess what happened!

Given a hard deadline and some specific tasks, these golfers made some incredible discoveries and some new found improvement - just in time for prime time golf season!

Here is what a few of them had to say based on the real life testimonials.

I really got a lot more flexible. My shoulder turn improved about 30-40% at least. My hip rotation really improved also. I learned that my glutes, hip flexors, and hamstrings had a whole lot more to do with golf than I had ever imagined.

I had never viewed stretching as a way to make my body feel better and or feel more alive. I had always viewed stretching as something to warm up with. The wholeness of stretching improved my wellness feeling immensely. I just feel better now - bottom line.
Michael, Handicap 9.2, Age 62

I found my core strength improved. This was evident in my increased ability to stay stable in my lower body during the backswing and the initial transition move. I have been striking the ball more crisply.

I have experienced greater flexibility in my hip pelvis region. I am hitting the ball higher than I have in quite some time.

Thank you for including me in your program.
Stephen, Handicap 21, Age 59

For golfers looking to finally achieve some specific measurable results with your game, my money and my time will be placed here, Golf Fitness Challenge.

New Golfers How To Fix Your Golf Swing Advice

Golf Swing Basics

What is golf without a golf swing? It's fundamental to playing the game of golf. What's more, if you want to be any good at golf, you not only need a golf swing, but you need an efficient, consistent and accurate golf swing. You need a swing that shows no signs of the common faults found in most golfers. In other words, you need advice on how to fix your golf swing.

Any golfer, whether a new golfer or a golfer that's more experienced, needs to know the basic golf swing if they wish to get rid of their swing faults and improve their golf swing overall. Without the basics, this just becomes so difficult to accomplish and the vast majority of golfers, especially weekend golfers, never manage to see any great improvements and certainly not very quickly. The golf swing is the single most worked on part of golf. Almost every golfer is more concerned with their swing than any other part of the game.

This is not a new problem, as long as they have been writing about golf advice and tips, the golf swing is the most written about. Unfortunately, not much is ever written about the basic golf swing, they all seem to concentrate on the full professional swing, whichever the current favorite golf swing style happens to be.

Golf Swing Advice, The Grip

To start any golf swing instruction, it seems only natural to begin with the golf grip. It is after all, the very thing that connects us to the golf club and ultimately to the golf ball, so lets begin with this this link golf swing advice, the grip, it explains the golf grip in some detail and gives you some options. As we are all physically different, there is not just one type of grip that will suit everyone, hand size varies quite dramatically between golfers and this alone requires the use of a different style of golf grip.

Golf Swing Advice, The Address

After the golf grip, it would seem to be appropriate to tackle the golf address as it is the basis, the very foundation, for your complete golf swing. Without a solid and well balanced foundation, your golf swing will be full of intermittent faults and mis-hits.

Golf Swing Advice, The Take Away

The take away can be problematic for a lot of golfers, so for any golf swing advice, the take away has to be included. The biggest problem with the take away seems to be the transition from being at rest at the address to initiating movement at the start of the take away. It needs to be done correctly or unwanted movements will take place, which can ruin your entire swing.

Golf Swing Advice, The Top Of The Backswing

Once the take away has started, the next transition is at the top of the backswing, a change from movement to being static again. The top of the back swing can be very important for a lot of different reasons, it can also show up some pretty basic swing faults.

Golf Swing Advice, The First Move Down

The next part of this golf swing advice, the first move down, is also the next transition from being static to movement again. It's these changes and how best to initiate them that causes the most problems. When it comes to starting the downswing, there are any number of different ways of doing it, but most of them will completely wreck your swing.

Golf Swing Advice, The Downswing

Once the first move down has been initiated, the rest of the downswing then takes over. This, to most golfers, is the most important part of the golf swing. It's the bit that ends up sending the golf ball off on its way. Get this bit wrong and any of a number of possible bad things can happen.

Golf Swing Advice, From Impact To Finish

Here, we will finish off the golf swing advice, from impact to finish is the last part of your complete golf swing. When you are ready for the next step, how to improve your golf swing for beginners would be the next natural choice.

So, for new golfers, advice on and how to fix your golf swing is a complicated prospect. Mainly because the golf swing itself is far more complicated than it seems, or at least, far more complicated than the tour pros make it look. I hope that this has helped you and your golf swing so that very soon you will see some real improvements in your golf swing and your overall game.

Improve Golf Swing

Improving Your Golf Swing

Looking for golf swing advice to improve your golf swing is like a hobby for a lot of new golfers. They become almost obsessed with finding the tips or secrets that will propel them from novice to professional overnight. It shouldn't really come as any surprise though, few golfers start off by learning the basic golf swing thoroughly. When you look at how we learn most sports, especially field sports, then it becomes easier to understand. We pick up the necessary skills as youngsters playing around with our pals, any scrap of land or a park will do. Golf is a bit harder to pick up this way, it needs so much extra space completely free of other people. That means there is less of a chance of learning golf in this casual way. So how do you go about improving your golf swing?

First of all, whether you realize it or not, almost every golfer has their own unique and individual golf swing. Even the professional golfers have different golf swings from each other. Which makes improving your golf swing a little more difficult, especially if you are trying to improve by picking up swing tips from watching the pros on the box. Trying to emulate the swing that your favorite tour pro has is the last thing you want to do, maybe once you get your handicap down in the low single figures, you might be able to pick up the odd improvement, but until then, you are just wasting your time. The tour pros use a finely tuned golf swing that they have to constantly work on in order to maintain it at it's optimal level, and even they have bad days with their swing. The difference is that they understand their swing so well that they know what to work on to fix it. If you want to hit longer, straighter drives then stop trying so hard to be an instant professional and find out all you can about your own unique swing.

Golf Swing Styles

Just to make things more complicated, there are also a variety of different golf swing styles to choose from, stack and tilt, single plane, two plane and the classic or modern golf swing, to name just a few. Most golf instructors teach the golf swing style that they have chosen to use themselves, mainly because that is the only one they've studied and know. Most golf schools and academies only teach one golf swing style, and that is where the problem lies. all these different golf swing styles work in their own right. They just wont work for everyone.

As I said, we all have different golf swings, and that's because every golfer is different. There are no two golfers that have the same physique, ability, mental attitude, knowledge or even feelings, and how your feeling affects your golf swing. A one-size-fits-all golf swing does not exist. Even a one-style-fits-all swing doesn't work for everyone. We are all unique and because of this, all our swings will be unique as well. That doesn't mean that there will not be similarities, indeed, the fundamental basics of all golf swing styles are the same.

What Is Your Golf Swing?

Every golfer has their own natural golf swing that is dictated by their physique, ability and skill level. It's this swing that should be tweaked to incorporate the basic golf swing fundamentals in order to improve your golf swing. By taking the time to learn and understand the basic golf swing and your own natural swing and abilities, you will reap the rewards and find that improvements will be rapid, and more importantly, lasting.

If you ask most golfers why they fail to improve, they will most likely say that it's because they don't play or practice often enough. But, the reality is that unless you have the correct knowledge and understanding, practice will make no difference. With the right knowledge and understanding of your swing, practice will be more effective and will make all the difference.

Golf Fundamentals

The game of golf is truly an individual sport, whether we are playing on our own or in a foursome, we are really competing against ourselves and our previous performances. This is one of the many unique qualities of golf, and is one of the reasons that it remains challenging no matter what our skill level is. It's also true that the golf swing has certain fundamentals that form the basis for everyone, at least for the ones who bother to learn them.

As I said, the basics are the same for everyone. However, due to the differences in people’s body shape and size, no two people will ever have the same golf swing. Each person will have to adapt their body movements and coordination to perform a 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, but developing your own golf swing has to be done with the right knowledge so that it is based on the proper fundamentals. Practicing the basic fundamentals of the game until they are ingrained in your muscle memory will lead to consistency in your golf swing, something that all golfers strive for.

Keep Your Head Up

One of the most basic faults that golfers have is in their stance, if you are guilty of this, then you can see an immediate improvement very easily. That is to keep your head still and look straight at the ball with your chin up. The position of your head should be straight in line with your spine, and your chin should be raised to allow your shoulder to turn under it during the backswing. A lot of players, especially beginner golfers, tuck their heads into their chest and look straight down at the golf ball. This, of course, restricts the amount of movement they can have with their swing.

The problem with having your chin too low is that your head will have to move during your swing. Your head can move slightly to the right (righties) when your weight shifts to the right during your backswing, but your eyes should still remain parallel to the ground. In other words, your head should not tilt during your swing.

If you are having difficulty with this, try a few practice swings without hitting a golf ball. keeping your head straight and an eye on the ball try to swing your golf club backwards and forwards while keeping your head still and eyes firmly fixed on the ball. If you detect your head tilting, then raise your chin a little more until your head remains still. Now you know what it should feel like for your head to be in the right position at address.

This is something you will need to practice until you can get into the right position without having to think about it. Once your muscle memory has it locked in, you should have no further trouble with this part of your swing. Remember that your spine should be straight as this is the turning point for your entire swing.

Golf is a Balancing Act

Balance is another part of playing golf that is often overlooked. A lot of the time when a golf ball is mis-hit, it's due to coming off balance during the swing. A bad balance causes all sorts of different golf swing faults at any given time. When you have an inconsistent golf swing, you'll most likely spend most of your time trying to sort out all the golf swing mechanics that you can think of. You'll probably change your grip, buy a new driver, get a new set of golf balls, go for a few lessons from your local pro, everything and anything you can think of.

The last thing that you'll look at is your balance. But it should be the first. Balance is the most important part of the golf swing, without good balance you will never be able to hit the golf ball properly with any consistency.

If you think that balance could be one of your swing problems then try these few things. Try and go through the complete golf swing from address all the way through to the finish as slow as you can, it will do a couple of things. You will find out just how good your balance really is, if your swing has any imbalance in it at all, practicing in this slow motion way will show it up very noticeably. Once you have your balance sorted out, continue to practice in slow motion and work on the mechanics of your swing. It will also give you all the time in the world to see and be aware of every part of your golf swing. You will have the time to analyze your swing in a way that is impossible when you are trying to complete the golf swing at normal speed. It's amazing what you will discover, and how it will sort out a lot of your golf swing problems. When you are happy with your swing and your balance, you can try speeding up your swing again... gradually.

You might also try extending this a stage further by doing your slow motion swing with your feet only a couple of inches apart. This is a great way of improving your balance, it also stops you from trying to hit the ball too hard. Give this a try, especially just before you start a round of golf. It is also an effective form of warm up exercise to begin your game with. When you can complete a full swing at normal speed with your feet close together and not come off balance, then you have cracked it.

Improving your golf swing needn't be difficult, if you keep things, especially your swing, as simple and uncomplicated as possible, you will reap the rewards in consistency and trouble free golf. Then you will be in a good position to start working on increasing the distance of your shots.

Golf Swing Basics V

Golf and Putting

I think it was Harry Vardon who described the putter as "a thing apart" in one of his books. The thing is that he was, and still is, correct. The putter is different from all your other golf clubs in various ways. It is the only golf club with a flat face, no loft at all. You also use an entirely different golf swing and stance than you do for any other golf club, which calls for different golf swing advice.

Of all the golf swings, the putting swing, or stroke, is the most like a pendulum action. Whether you use one of the newer long handled putters that come up to your chin, or one of the traditional sized ones, the putting stroke is essentially the same. The distance to the club head from the pivot point, or axis of rotation, remains the same throughout the swing, a true pendulum action.

I don't know who said this first, but it's been said so often that it doesn't matter. "Drive for show, putt for dough" is the phrase, and we've all seen and heard it time and time again, it's repeated as often as it is because it sums up the importance of putting in the game of golf. Most golfers concentrate all their efforts in perfecting the drive off the tee. The truth is that you will only have a maximum of one drive per hole and if you discount the shorter holes, the average number of drives is only 15 in a round of golf. The short game is much more important to work on if you want to decrease the total number of shots you have in each game of golf.

The masters of golf can drive a ball from here to eternity, but it all boils down to how many strikes of the ball it takes to put the ball in the hole, not how far you can hit the ball. The long accurate drives don't amount to anything if you're unable to putt accurately and end up taking 3 or 4 putts to sink the ball.

Choosing a putter is important, but using, whatever putter you have, consistently, is more so. I've had the same putter for fifteen years, I know what it feels like in my hands, I know its weight and how that plays into my putts.

Putting takes lots of practice. Typically, as I said, we drive the ball fifteen times in a game, but putt at least double that number. Doesn't it stand that we should practice our putting at least twice as much as driving? If you can't get to the practice green regularly, practice on your carpet at home.

Putting is probably the hardest stroke to play in golf because there is less control over the ball. All the other golf clubs fly the ball through the air. Air doesn't differ very much, sure, wind speed and direction varies, but air is air. On the other hand, when putting, the golf ball never leaves the ground. grass varies to a much higher degree than air does, but it's not all that varies, the putting surface is seldom flat and even if it was, the texture, density and height of grass varies a lot, as well as the direction of growth. Putting isn't so much about accuracy as it is about judgment. The judgment you need can only be learned with practice.

Keep in mind that no ball can make it into the hole if it doesn't have enough power behind the golf ball to get there. Three inches past the hole is better than three inches short of the hole. If it has gone too far then at least there was a chance it might have gone in the hole, but if it's short, then it never had any chance of being sunk. Take the time to get down and look at the path from your ball to the hole, does it slant one way or the other? Is it uphill or downhill?

Balance is everything in golf, The whole golf swing relies heavily on your ability to balance. Putting is no different, balance is essential. Stand with your feet spread for balance and line up the putt. Keep your hands, arms and shoulders completely still, imagine that you are a "bobble head" but you move from just below your chest. Keep your head directly over the ball. Pull your club back, keep your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders steady, the movement comes from your chest. Hit the ball, following it with your club.

The golf swing has been likened to a pendulum motion, but in truth, only the putting stroke has a true pendulum motion where the distance from the pivot point to the end of the pendulum, the putter, is always the same. However, if we look at the driver as an example, the distance from the pivot point to the head of the driver is at it's maximum at address. At the top of the backswing, the head of the driver is much closer to the pivot point, the top of your spine. During the downswing the club head moves outward from the pivot point as well as around it. This allows for the centrifugal effect that adds speed to the club head, this is one of the main reasons why the golf swing advice is different for the putting stroke.

So putting and driving are two extremes in golf in more ways than one. They are common in that they both require a great deal of practice. But, there is greater room for error with your driver than with your putter, if your drive goes a few yards too much to the right or left, it can still be a good shot and you will have lost nothing. If your putt goes a few inches to the right or left, then you have missed and it will have cost you a shot. I think it's obvious which one you really need to practice the most.

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Golf and The Short Game

In the last article, Golf Basics III, we discussed the long game, we've all seen the long accurate drives of Tiger Woods. The golf ball flies through the air and lands in the middle of the fairway, 300 yards away. The green-eyed monster of envy consumes us as we wonder if we could ever hope to drive like that. Fortunately, long drives are not the be-all-end-all in the game of golf. Typically, there is only 15 drives, or less, in a game of golf.

Enter the short game. Without good short game skills, all the long drives are for naught. The short game is those shots that get us onto the green from about one hundred and fifty yards in, be it from the fairway, a bunker, the rough or a drop zone and includes chips, sand shots and pitches. There are more short game shots in a round of golf than long game ones. So it makes sense to concentrate even more on your short game than on your long game.

This is where your higher numbered golf clubs would be used, as well as your pitching iron, sand wedge or lob wedge. Most experienced golfers view anything from a seven iron up to be the clubs used in the short game.

Most golf courses have practice areas as well as a driving range. Spend some time working on hitting your golf ball onto the green from different distances. Aim for a ten-foot circle in the center of the green at first. Experiment using your wedges; what works for someone else, might not work for you and your particular golf swing.

The short game uses a different technique than the long game, where you are using a full golf swing, it is a more delicate shot. After you get accustomed to doing this practice consistently, it's time to spend some time in a sand trap, also known as a bunker. Knowing how to get the golf ball out of a sand trap will cut your score. A lot of the short game is more about judgment and feeling the shot rather than taking a full swing as you would do in the long game.

Try planting your feet firmly into the sand, with your left foot turned toward the hole, shuffle them to get them bedded into the sand to give you solid base for your stance. This shuffling also lets you know how soft or hard the sand is, remember that you are not allowed to ground the golf club before your shot. Imagine a 4-inch circle around the ball and try to hit the edge of the circle that is away from the ball, that encourages the club head to go under the ball.

Take lots of sand with your golf ball and swing completely. Don't decelerate at all when, or after, you hit the ball. It should pop up onto the green and stop. This doesn't work unless the sand is very soft and powdery. On hard surfaces, you might need to avoid actually hitting the sand.

As in all aspects of the golf game, only practice will help you to improve, and really is the key to mastering the short game. It's mainly judgment, the mechanics of the golf swing in the short game are less complicated than the long game swing because your swing will generally be shorter. So practice a lot and practice often.

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Golf and The Long Game

You have many golf clubs in your golf bag, The reason is that each shot in golf will require a specific club to hit the golf ball a certain distance. Generally speaking, the longer the length of the golf club, and the lower the golf club number, the longer the golf ball will travel. The long game refers to your drives (shots off the tee) and fairway shots, everything short of the shots you make to get onto the green, and therefore, reqires different golf swing advice.

Each hole has a different difficulty level, different par and distinctive hazards, so instructing you to use your driver golf club on every tee would be blatantly wrong. Most par 3's, for instance, wouldn't involve the use of a driver.

This is something you will learn over time as you gain more experience and learn the various shots you make with each golf club, the placement of the ball and your personal golf swing. Some golfers get far more distance from any given golf club than others do.

Generally speaking, the lower the club number, the longer and lower your ball will go. A 4-iron shot will travel long and low and will most likely roll, whereas a 9-iron shot will have much more loft, so the ball will fly higher, and go less distance forward both in the air and on the ground.

The tour pros on television make it look so easy, they consistently hit the ball long and straight and never miss-hit the ball making it dribble ten feet, or completely miss the ball. Although they do, at times, have a wayward shot, every golfer does, especially new golfers.

Using the driver is very important to the game, and many hours spent at the driving range will help improve your distance and direction. Experimenting and trying different things, especially with your golf swing, is all part of the game of golf. It's important for you to know exactly what you can do with each of of your golf clubs, not just your driver. The same applies for your setup, like the placement of the golf ball for each of your clubs. For example, moving the golf ball forward or backward in your stance. Take a few lessons, if possible, and learn the proper swing from the beginning.

Mastering the long game helps you get to the point of hitting for the green in fewer strokes, however, as important as the long game is, the short game, hitting for the green and putting, is usually where you will save strokes and lower your handicap. Remember that it takes a long time to learn consistency in golf and it's supposed to be fun!

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What To Keep In Your Golf Bag

Well, that depends a lot on what type of golf bag you have. Some golf bags are flimsy affairs, cloth ones that can almost be rolled when they are empty, others are sturdy leather bags that not only hold your golf clubs and golf balls, but everything else you can think of as well. We tend to think of golf advice in swing terms alone, but golf advice for equipment can be equally important.

There are many golf bags available, some designed for fashion, some for utility and some that combine both features. There are big bags, bigger bags and bags so big that they would keep everything you need for a long weekend vacation in one of the side pockets!

Generally speaking, you need a golf bag just large enough to hold your golf clubs, some extra golf balls and tees. However, there are a few extra items you might like to consider carrying in your golf bag.

A spare golf glove can come in handy if your other one gets soaks and becomes unplayable.

A pencil and some ball markers can be very useful as would a small knife or pencil sharpener. After all, we do like to keep score, and in competition it is necessary.

If there are a lot of water hazards, then a golf ball retriever can be very a very handy accessory to keep in your golf bag, especially if have many wayward shots.

Depending on your climatic conditions, you might want to consider sunscreen, a large golf umbrella, some waterproofs, you can never tell.

A small towel for cleaning your golf balls and club heads can be very useful at times, as can a spare pair of socks and a spare jumper.

It is also a good idea to have a packet of tissues, a band-aid or two, and if you play courses where insects are a problem, a can of bug repellent comes in very handy.

A small pack of baby wipes come in very handy too, in your bag they get warmed by the heat, so when you get sweaty or a sand trap covered you with sand, a nice warm wipe can be very refreshing.

If you happen to be allergic to bees, hornets or wasps, then some Epipen is an important addition to your bag. If you are also hypoglycemic then you can carry Lifesavers, which have to be replaced several times throughout the year because they tend to melt.

Some of these items are, of course, dependent on weather conditions and would not always be required.

One item that doesn't need to be in your golf bag is your cell phone. If you must carry it, turn off the ringer as a courtesy to other players. If you must use it, be aware of others who might be taking a golf swing or putting their ball. Be considerate!

Having these items in your golf bag should provide everything you will need, even in a minor emergency (like a blister) or a major inconvenience, like a sudden rainstorm. Being prepared makes the game of golf a great deal more fun.

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The Game of Golf

Golf is a game that almost anyone can play. Age, sex, even skill level makes little difference because of the handicap system employed in the game of golf. The popularity of golf has increased tremendously over the past forty five years, giving us champions like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Tiger Woods, and world-renowned courses like Pinehurst, Augusta National and the Blue Monster at Doral.

Why has golf become so popular? Partly because of the media coverage that golf gets nowadays and partly because it's the most enjoyable game on earth with a huge range of benefits associated with it. For instance, it's the opportunity to be outside, to get a good whole body workout, network with friends or business colleagues at a leisurely pace, and to play a game that you can never perfect.

Your scorecard, over time, shows your improvement, which keeps you playing again and again. Even just one good shot in a round of golf can all the encouragement a new golfer needs to keep his interest and enthusiasm alive.

Here is a very basic lesson in golf for the person who has no clue about the game.

Golf is played on an eighteen-hole golf course, each hole has its "par", which is the number of tee shots (drives), fairway shots, chips (short hits as you approach the green), and putts that a good golf player should take to finish the hole.

The par number is based on the length and difficulty of the hole. Pars range from 3 to 6. If you get the golf ball in the hole in five shots on a par five hole, you "made par." If it took you six shots, it's called a bogie, if you made it in four, it's a birdie.

There are usually "hazards" of some sort on all the holes. Bodies of water, sand traps, and trees are strategically placed to make the hole more challenging. Beginner golfers should seek to find courses to play that are easier to play, with fewer hazards. However, the hazards are usually placed placed to catch the better golfers out, not the new golfers, the hazards close to the greens are the ones beginner golfers really need to watch out for.

Each player keeps their own score, marking the number of total number of shots for each hole. At the end, each person adds their scores, the lowest number is the winner. Remember, golf is a game of honor, and although cheating is relatively easy, it is frowned upon and you will make few friends by not being honest.

It is important for beginner golfers to not take themselves too seriously. It takes a long time to get good at this game, even though the professionals make it look so easy.

Take a lesson or two at the onset, it will help you develop a proper swing and help you get off to a good start. You are looking for a consistent golf swing that produces a straight shot. Most golfers have difficulty with this, mainly because of a lack of the correct technique and because they try too hard. Golf is game of control and good technique.

Remember that golf is just a game. Have fun and look at the big picture, you're outside and you're not at work!

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What is the purpose of golf?

Game of Golf

Golf is one of the most popular playing field sports in the world! Apart from the major tour events, it is not really much of a spectator sport. Therefore most golfers participate in the game of golf by playing the game. This is just another of the unique aspects of golf, some other interesting details of the game of golf might include the following.

One of golf's most appealing concepts is the sheer range of people that can take part in it, together with the ability of almost all ages, sexes and skills, to play and even compete. There are few sports, especially field sports, that can boast of this ability.

Golf, a Field Sport

The variety of golf course design makes golf unique among field sports. There are no set areas or designs of a golf course. The layout, atmosphere, to mention nothing of level of difficulty, is entirely different for each golf course. Facilities vary as well, but most golf clubs, at the very least, supply the essential amenities needed to for the comfort and enjoyment of its members and clientele. This variety makes traveling to other golf courses, sometimes just for the change and sometimes for competition, a common practice.

Golf can be played as often as is liked, there is no need for a competing side, this is another side of the game that sets is apart from most others. Golf can be played ,and enjoyed, by only one player. It is obviously a friendlier experience when more are playing together, indeed many new friendships are struck on the golf course.

Golf Competition

What about competition? Obviously one golfer on their own makes competition a little more difficult, but, because of the handicap system that is employed in the game of golf, it allows golfers of vastly different capabilities to compete very well. Another fairly unique quality of golf is that there is seldom an official or referee involved. It is essentially a game of trust and honor. Honesty and etiquette form a major part of the game of golf.

Like most sports, taking part in a game of golf is a good form of physical activity and therefore exercise. Unlike most other sports, all age groups can benefit from the exercise involved. Having said that, all forms of physique and fitness levels are capable of playing golf and getting the same degree of enjoyment from it.

There are not many field sports that afford the opportunity of socializing while taking part in a game. Golf is exceptional in this respect. Indeed, socializing is one of the most enjoyable parts of playing golf. We're not just talking of the nineteenth hole once the game is complete, but during the actual game itself. Some people even manage to conduct business while playing a game of golf.

Golf and the Family

It can even be used for spending quality fun time between members of the family. Parents and children can enjoy this fun aspect of golf at the same time as enjoying everything else that golf has to offer. This makes golf, not just ideal for weekend activities, but also for golf vacations. When a few members of the same family enjoy playing golf, what could be more ideal than a golf trip.

Golf competes well with other sports as a form of relaxation. The setting of most golf courses offers a perfect environment that encourages relaxation. This, coupled with the relatively unhurried way that golf is played, being surrounded by nature in all its glory and friends or acquaintances is relaxation personified, a perfect way to forget your problems.

Earning Money from Golf

It is also a popular avenue for making money. What a way to earn a living? Millions of people worldwide owe their livelihood to the wonderful game of golf. From golf equipment manufacturers and suppliers to golf professionals and lets not forget all the wonderful ground staff that keep these golf courses in their superb condition, or the staff that attend our needs in the club house.

With all there is going for golf, it would be difficult to imagine a sport or hobby better equipped than our favorite game. There is just one more aspect to the game of golf that needs to addressed, excuse the pun.

Is all just one huge frustration?

I know that most golfers find it frustrating at times. But the fact that no-one ever manages to master this game is one of its many attributes. The challenges of raising your skill level at golf will always be one of its more endearing qualities. Even the top tour pros can never admit to truly conquering all the vagaries of golf. It is not just a physical game, it is an mental game of such subtleties that it seldom is mastered.

If you do not yet play golf, or are thinking of taking it up, then let it be known that golf is not the greatest game in the world for nothing. I've outlined a few of the benefits and enjoyments of playing the game of golf, there are more as every golfer has own unique way of approaching this game, so come on, (sorry, this is going to be another pun)... join the club.

Get a Better Golf Swing

A Better Golf Swing

Inconsistent Golf Swing

Have you been searching for something, anything, that will help you get a better golf swing?

Some tip or gadget that will improve your game overnight?

The one secret that will ignite your golfing abilities and make you the envy of all your buddies?

Maybe you have an inconsistent golf swing, or you suffer from the dreaded slice or hook problem, and want to fix it.

Well, you've come to the right place. I'm going to tell you the secret, the same one that around 80% of golfers have been searching for their entire golfing lives.

The secret that will help them get a better golf swing.

Actually it's no secret, if you have read any of my other posts, you will find it difficult not to have come across it already.

Okay, so I didn't say it was a secret before, but I'm saying it now and I feel justified in doing so because most golfers don't seem to know it. Or, maybe they think it is too hard a way to improve their golf swing and simply give it a miss.

Maybe they don't want to know it, or don't recognize it when they see it. In any case, it remains largely ignored in full view of everyone.

Oh yes, the secret, you want to know what it is, how to get a better golf swing. Well... come closer... the secret to why you never manage to improve at golf is.... you don't understand the basic golf swing!

It's simple, and it's true. Most golfers learn a more complicated swing than the basic golf swing is, hence the reason they find it so hard to master.

Measure your Golf Skills

You see, your golfing skills come down to a very basic and simple equation.

Your golf skills are equal to your knowledge of the basic golf swing plus your knowledge of the rest of the game of golf, for instance, course management. I don't mean how to manage a golf course from a business point of view, but how to use the features of the golf course in order to play better golf.

This lack of knowledge of the basic golf swing is true for almost every weekend golfer, especially those with high handicaps.

If you seldom break 100, then you know very little about the basic golf swing.

If you're still struggling to break 80, then, at least, you know something of the basic golf swing.

The point is that the more you improve your understanding of the basic golf swing, the better your golf swing will become and the more your golf swing will improve. And, just as an added benefit, the more you will enjoy your game.

The big problem is, how do you go about learning the basic golf swing?

Golf Instruction

Most golf instructors only teach their own particular swing, they don't give any understanding of the golf swing outside of their chosen golf swing style. Sometimes this makes no difference because their golf swing actually suits you... But, that is rare.

There are a variety of golf swing styles available... stack and tilt, single plane golf swing, two plane and the classic golf swing, to name just a few.

Most golf instructors learn one of these, and study every minute detail of the swing style they have chosen.

Some golf schools only teach one swing method, and that is where the problem lies. all these different golf swings work in their own right. They just won't work for everyone.

Every golfer is different. There are no two golfers with the same in physique, ability, mental attitude, knowledge or even feelings. A one-size-fits-all golf swing does not exist.

Your Golf Swing

Every golfer has their own natural golf swing, it's this golf swing that should be tweaked to incorporate the basic golf swing fundamentals and get a better and more consistent golf swing.

By understanding the basic golf swing and your own natural golf swing and abilities, improvements will be rapid, and more importantly, lasting.

If you ask most golfers why they fail to improve their golf swing, they will most likely say that it's because they don't practice often enough. Or, they don't play often enough, or they haven't had enough lessons.

The truth is, unless you have the right knowledge, practice will make no difference. With the correct knowledge, then practice will make all the difference because you will be practicing the right things.

The bottom line?..

If you want to get a better golf swing, find one of the 10 - 20% of golf instructors that are able to teach you the fundamental golf swing, and show you how to incorporate it into your own individual and natural golf swing.

Which Golf Swing Is Best

The Best Golf Swing

The short answer, whatever one works for you! Which golf swing is the best depends on so many individual things, your physique, fitness, golf skills, mindset and what your natural golf swing is already like.

You may think that all the tour pros use the same professional golf swing or classic golf swing, but the truth is that they all use different golf swings, some more so than others. And they're the tour pros, if only one swing worked, they would use it.

There are different golf swings that are taught by golf professionals throughout the world, single plane swings, two plane swings, stack and tilt, natural golf swing, and many others. It depends on which golf swing your particular golf instructor teaches.

The one thing they all have in common is that they are marketed. Each one of them has their own devotees and non-believers, books, dvd's, there are even golf schools set up to teach just one method or style of golf swing.

Take the stack and tilt golf swing method for instance, the body tilts towards the target at the top of the swing. This is considered a bad golf swing fault by some golf instructors, they call it the reverse pivot in golf, something to be avoided.

Golf instructors tend to learn, and study in minute detail, one particular style of golf swing. This becomes the only one they teach, in fact, the only one they can teach. However, all the different golf swings actually work well in their own right. They are all used in one way or another by a tour pro.

The problem is not with the different golf swing styles, but the differences between individual golfers. A swing that suit one golfers, wont necessarily work well for another one. All golfers are different, to expect them all to be equally capable of using the same golf swing, is just madness.

Most golf instructors, in the range of 80 - 90%, teach their own particular golf swing. Whether that's by affiliation to a particular one, or because it's the only one they know how to teach, is irrelevant. They should be adapting your golf swing to work for you, not adapting you to their swing. If they are trying to fix your inconsistent golf swing by giving you a totally different swing, then they are wrong.

I'm sure you've tried completely changing your golf swing at some time, most golfers have. The swing they use isn't working and applying all the tweaks they can think of doesn't help either. So, they try a different swing altogether. It may, or may not work, But even if it does work, over time they will find that their old swing naturally drifts back in.

That's because their physiology and mindset is comfortable with their own natural swing.

So, which golf swing is the best? The truth is, for you, your golf swing is the best, don't abandon your golf swing, find one of the 10 - 20% of golf instructors that are capable of giving you the lessons and advice that you deserve, the correct way to give your swing the fundamentals to build on.

Do Golf Swing Tips Work

Golf Swing Tips

When golfers are having trouble with their golf swing, they tend to try a variety of different methods to fix their problem. There are many golfers that buy new clubs in the hope of fixing their golf swing problems. Does this work? Sometimes. Most golfers don't bother getting their clubs measured for them, so a new golf club, or complete set of golf clubs, may indeed help them, especially if they do fit them better.

There are two golf clubs sold more than any other, the driver and the putter. This tends to tell it's own story. When golfers have trouble with their swing, it shows up more on the tee with their driver. Being the longest club, it is the hardest to control. There is one problem with this approach though, it will not correct any golf swing faults that you have. Unless your swing is up to scratch with the rest of your clubs, then a new driver is not going to help you.

In fact, if your golf swing is faulty, then purchasing new golf equipment isn't going to make much difference, it might be more prudent to purchase some golf lessons instead, or give a Golf Swing Trainer a try.

Reading up on golf swing tips from magazines, books and the internet is probably the most popular way of fixing golf swing faults. The question is, do they do any good? Can you learn from them and sort out all your golf swing faults?

The answer is not as straight forward as you might first think. It all depends on how well you know and understand your present golf swing. Most golfers, especially new golfers or weekend golfers who play once a week at most, don't know their golf swing well enough for reading up on golf tips to work. they don't have the golf fundamentals to work from.

It's like every other skill, you need the basics right first in order to build on them and progress. However, having said that, some golf swing tips can be very detailed and comprehensive, plus some of them, at least, attempt to teach the basic golf swing.

If you know and understand your golf swing well, then golf tips are a great bonus. This is mainly because you know, even before you try them, whether they will help you solve your particular problem, and they may give you a fresh perspective, a new way of looking at it.

Unless you fully understand your golf swing, then you are in danger of changing the wrong things, for instance, you may find a tip for altering your grip to get rid of a golf slice problem, when in fact it's your golf swing plane that is actually at fault.

The other, and perhaps the biggest, problem with golf tips is that you are in danger of changing too many things almost in a random fashion and this will most likely destroy your golf swing completely. It is good practice to change only one small thing at a time when you are working on your golf swing. This is because not all golf swing tips that you try will work for your particular setup. If you change only one thing and it doesn't work, then you are immediately aware of it. If, on the other hand, you've changed half a dozen things and they don't work, then you are none the wiser.

The first step is always to understand the golf swing you already have. Golf swing tips can work to help you improve your golf game, but only if you have a thorough grounding in the basics first. It is also possible for golf swing tips to give you a temporary fix which will only serve to confuse you when it stops working. This temporary effect is because your underlying golf swing is not sound. You have to work on each fundamental part of your golf swing, one piece at a time, this will help you to form the correct basics that will stand you in good stead well into the future.

How To Get The Golf Stance and Golf Swing Right

How to get the golf stance and golf swing right is the purpose of this post. A bad stance will make the golf swing almost impossible. A good stance and a bad swing is less likely to happen. So improve your golf swing by making your sure your stance is right.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of golfers are hunched over when they are addressing the golf ball? Their shoulders are bent forward and their back is rounded. This is a fundamental mistake that leads to inconsistency in their golf swing.

The golf swing pivots around a central axis, the spine. If your back is not straight, then neither is your spine. Which means that the axis, instead of just rotating, is actually moving out of line while it turns. It also means that the shoulders have to readjust in order to execute the back swing. Everything is now out of position. It will also affect your balance, which is crucial during the golf swing.

With the shoulders forward, arms extended, and the back curved, it is not surprising that the golf swing will be inconsistent. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve the correct swing plane unless a good athletic stance is adopted at address.

To begin, you should stand straight, shoulders back, but don't force them back, and head up looking straight ahead. This is the best starting point for getting into the correct address position.

You need to try and maintain this back, shoulder and head position.

Flex your knees and bend forward from the hips, not the waist. Concentrate on maintaining your back, shoulder and head positions in relation to each other, you should feel your bum moving back as you bend forward, if you don't, you are not bending properly from the hips.

When you look down at the golf ball, don't bend your head down, if your chin is touching your chest, or nearly touching it, then your head has dipped down.

If you are in the right position, your shoulders will be able to turn freely without changing their relationship to your spine. This is important, because your back swing is best initiated by turning your shoulders. Your hands, arms and shoulders should maintain the triangle they formed at address.

Some people initiate the back swing by moving the club head first, this is okay as long as the actual rotation of the upper body is controlled with the shoulders, not arms or hands or golf club.

The same is true for the downswing. Start it by turning your shoulders. Your arms, hands, and golf club are just along for the ride, they should not be forcing your golf swing, let your shoulders do the work here. That way there is less room for error, and less to go out of line during the down swing and through impact.

Try and maintain your spine angle throughout your swing, from address all the way through the impact zone.

A straight spine is crucial if you want a consistent golf swing. It may seem unnatural or uncomfortable at first, but persevere and you will be rewarded.

If you find your shoulders coming forward during the down swing, then you are trying to hit the golf ball too hard, you are using your arms and hands to give you power in your shot. If you need greater distance, think speed not power.

Club head speed through the impact zone determines the distance your shot will achieve, assuming you are making correct contact with club head and ball. Your timing to unhinge your wrists during the down swing will do more to determine the speed than your arms and hands will. If you unhinge (uncock) your wrists too early, you will not be reaching maximum speed at the right time, you will likely be decelerating through impact instead of accelerating.

Hopefully you now know how to get the golf stance and golf swing right. A good golf swing follows on naturally from a good stance, you are more likely to get into the correct swing plane and your balance will be better. All this increases your chance of hitting a good golf shot.

New Golfers Introduction To The Game Of Golf And Your Golf Swing

Golf, an Introduction

Welcome to the greatest game on Earth. If you don't believe me, look at the statistics:

These results are courtesy of a Google search "how many registered golfers are there in the world?"

"According to Sports Marketing Surveys, there are 61.1 million golfers
worldwide; 6.9 million in Europe, 13.6 million in Asia, 1.7 million in
Australasia, 1 million in South America and 500 000 in South Africa.
There are 37.1 million in the US alone."
source: Business Report, 9/28/2003

"How many golfers are there in the U.S.?
There are 26.2 million golfers in the United States. A golfer is
defined as anyone ages 18 and above who played at least one regulation
round of golf in the past 12 months. 36.7 million Americans are golf
participants, defined as anyone ages 5 and above who either played a
round of golf or visited a golf practice facility."
source: National Golf Foundation

Not only are these figures impressive but either sex can play golf at almost any age and still manage to compete. You can play a game of golf on your own or in groups. Once you're a member of a golf course, you can play as often as you like. Depending on which part of the world you live, you may even have access to municipal golf courses (ones that are run by local authorities). You can play golf in almost every country in the world.

It's a game that very few, if any, ever manage to master. There are so many different parts to golf and all of them affect the outcome. The golf swing itself is a complicated series of movements that require excellent balance throughout the swing, and trying to improve a golf swing is number one objective of most golfers. You have to know each golf club and what distances you can manage from each one, they all handle a bit differently. The lie of the golf ball can have a dramatic influence on the shot. Taking a shot on the side of an incline with the golf ball above or below the level of your feet, uphill shots and downhill shots, they all make the swing and the ball flight that bit different, and there is no end to the golf swing advice you can have.

Then there are bunker (sand trap) shots, chips, bump and runs and we haven't even touched on the mental aspect of the game yet or even choosing which golf clubs you are going to use, there is a huge variety of different makes and designs of golf clubs to choose from.

There are no two golf courses the same, they all vary in length and degree of difficulty. You get golf courses that are flat, golf courses that are built on the side of a hill and everything in between, there are sea-side courses called golf links, the original golf course was a golf links. The whole design of golf courses vary, bunkers, trees , the fairway, the rough, water hazards, the permutations are endless.

The Rules of Golf are not complicated but have to be learned and adhered to. As does Golf Etiquette, golf is sportsmanship game where you are really playing with your honesty and integrity, you are also expected to be mannerly, for instance, if you are playing slower than the golf group behind you, you are expected to let them play through so you are not holding up play. Distracting others on the course when they are playing is also frowned upon.

As I said already, the golf swing is a complicated series of movements and it would take a lot more than one post to describe it to you, but it can be broken down into several constituent parts, like the following:

  • Golf Grip
  • Address
  • Take Away
  • Back Swing
  • Top of Back Swing
  • First Move
  • Down Swing
  • Impact Zone
  • Follow Through

You can click this link, Golf Swing for more on the mechanics of the golf swing. After all, isn't that what it's all about?

As you are a new golfer, I'd like to give you one tip. Never try to hit the golf ball hard! You will most likely just end up with a golf slice, where the golf ball starts of straight then spins off wildly to the right (right handers), the golf slice is the most common bad shot in golf.

The harder you try and hit the golf ball, the worse your shot will get. Power in golf comes from the speed of the golf club head as it passes through the impact zone, nothing else.

If you can take this on board right from the start of your golfing life, then you will already be streets ahead of most other golfers out there. This is one of the most common mistakes that golfers, and in particular new golfers, make. Don't be one of them.

The golf swing should always be controlled. There is never any need, or benefit, to rushing your golf swing, the faster you swing the bigger the chance of losing your balance, even if it is only a slight imbalance, it will affect your shot in a bad way.

If you take up golf, you will find it a challenging and rewarding game. If you continue to play for the rest of your life, you'll still find it a challenge. It is also a very sociable game that contributes to the sheer enjoyment you will have.

These are just some of the reasons that I started this post by calling it the greatest game on Earth. Golf.

Driving On The Golf Course

The Golf drive

Driving on the golf course is all about getting your golf swing sorted out. If you want to have a good drive, a straight shot with reasonable distance, then you need to have a solid consistent golf swing.

The golf swing can be broken down into 7 component parts, the grip, address, takeaway, top of the backswing, first move, downswing, and from impact to finish.

It is important that you understand your golf swing. Without knowing each and every aspect of your swing, it is nearly impossible for you to adjust small parts of your golf swing when faults creep in.

Understanding your golf swing and how to produce the golf swing is the aim of this post. Because improving your golf swing is a lengthy topic to discuss, one post is either going to be extremely long or it will have to split up into smaller chunks. What I have done here is to split it up into 7 separate posts. My hope is twofold, that it will be easier to digest in these smaller posts and, if you are only having trouble with one part of your golf swing, that you can find the relevant post in an easier way.

The Golf Grip

It would seem a natural place to start, it is , after all, the foundation of the golf swing. It is what connects you to the golf club and getting the grip right is essential.
Golf Grip

The Address

If the grip is the foundation of the golf swing, the address is your foundation. Balance is everything in golf and that can never be overstated. Without good balance you will never be able to get a solid consistent golf swing. A part of the address which is seldom mentioned, is to get your balance right, the rest is to set you up in the right position to be able to make the best golf swing that you can.
The Address

The Takeaway

This is when you start ptting the swing into motion, you have to get this right.
The Takeaway

The Top Of The Backswing

This can be critical if you want to maxixmize your golf swing and generate control, speed and accuracy.
The Top Of The Backswing

The First Move

This is where the backswing changes and becomes the downswing. A lot of golfers seem to have trouble with this change in direction.
First Move

The Downswing

Where we generate speed and acceleration. The swing plane has to right here or some really wayward shots can result.
The Downswing

From Impact To The Finish

The last flourish of the golf swing, can you do it with style?
From Impact To Finish

I hope that breaking the golf swing down in this way has been helpful to you. I also hope that it has helped help you to understand what you are trying to achieve and how to go about it. The golf swing is a complicated set of movements that use your whole body to accomplish it. It also involves hand and eye coordination and balance. The game of golf is a constant challenge, enjoy it.

Golf Practice in Slow Motion

Practice Golf

What are the merits of trying golf practice in slow motion? Well, it's all about getting your practice sessions to be effective. We have all gone to the driving range and hit a couple of buckets of balls until our backs or arms or legs got sore and we give up.

This is not effective golf practice though, it's just going through the motions. This is the way to end up with a golf slice or hook.

One of the biggest improvements you can make to your golf swing is... balance. A lot of the time that the golf ball is mis-hit, it's due to coming off balance during the swing.It shows up all sorts of different faults at any given time.

Golfers with an inconsistent golf swing, spend most of their time trying to sort out all the golf swing mechanics that they can think of. They change their grip, buy a new driver, get a new set of golf balls, go for a few lessons from the local pro and generally change everything they can think of.

The last thing that they consider when trying to improve their golf swing is their balance. But it should be the first. Balance is arguably the most important part of the golf swing, without good balance you would never be able to hit the golf ball at all.

That brings us to golf practice in slow motion. I you try and go through the complete golf swing from address all the way through to the finish as slow as you can, it will do two things.

First, you will find out just how good your balance really is, if your swing has any imbalance in it at all, practicing in slow motion will show it up very noticeably. Once you have your balance sorted out, continue to practice in slow motion and work on the mechanics of your swing.

Second, it will give all the time in the world to see and be aware of every part of your golf swing. You will have the time to analyze your swing that is impossible when you are trying to complete the golf swing at normal speed.

It's amazing what you will discover, and how it will sort out a lot of your golf swing problems. When you are happy with your swing and your balance, you can try speeding up your swing again... gradually.

Now, I'm obviously not talking about playing on the golf course in slow motion, just when you have some time to practice, you can even do the golf practice in slow motion thing in your back yard. You don't need a golf ball, just a golf club and some free time. You never know, you might even cure your golf slice.

Inconsistent Golf Swing

Consistency in Golf

Are you having problems with your golf swing? Are you finding it hard getting rid of your golf slice? Is your golf swing inconsistent in the quality of shots that you have. Do you want to fix your inconsistent golf swing?

A golf slice is one of the most common faults in the game of golf. I know that it doesn't help you much knowing that, but it should help put your golf problem in perspective. The trouble is, most golfers with this problem continue to struggle with their golf slice for years, they never manage to cure it because it can be an intermittent fault.

I'm sure that you have changed your golf swing a hundred times and each time it seems to cure your slice... for a while, but your golf slice always returns, and when you try the same "cure" again, it fails to work the second time around, so you search for golf instruction, the next cure.

It's just a vicious circle, I know this because there are so many golfers, and not just new golfers, that have this recurring problem. I bet you feel like you are going round in circles most of the time. You just can't have any real confidence in your swing. Sometimes it works great, but the next tee shot is a real disaster. You need some basic golf swing advice, especially if you want to correct a golf slice. You need to improve your golf swing technique.

Your real problem is that you don't have a good enough basic understanding of your golf swing. Without this understanding you will find it really difficult to get any kind of consistency in your swing.

The Simple Swing system was designed to not only teach you the correct swing, but to give you a thorough understanding of the golf swing and the correct thought processes that we need in order to achieve a good consistent swing. We are all different in physique and the ways in which we think and analyze, so we need a golf swing that suits our own particular shape, size, and ability.

It's also possible that you're just getting into the wrong swing plane, this can be caused by trying to hit the ball too hard. There are a few other ways of getting into the wrong swing plane, but overhitting seems to be the most common, and it is also a common cause of inconsistency in your golf swing.

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3 Golf Swing Tips

Golf swing

Here are three golf swing tips that help a lot of golfers that are struggling with their golf swing, and not just new golfers either.

Most new golfers struggle with getting into the correct position at address, and because of this, they fail to to get their golf club in the right swing plane during their backswing. They also have trouble with producing a good swing tempo. As a result, they end up swinging their club a little erratically and with no inconsistency.

Let's deal with the correct position at address first.

1. If you start off with your golf club, hips, arms, shoulders and head in the positions they will be in at impact, then you will be putting yourself in the best address position and give yourself the best chance of using the correct swing plane.

2. Don't take a full backswing. During the backswing, when your leading arm is parallel with the ground, make sure that the butt end of your golf club is pointing straight at the target line, the target line is the straight line that runs from the target through the golf ball and on past you. You will be on the correct swing plane. This will help if you are trying to correct a golf slice.

Now for the tempo.

3. Hold a couple of golf clubs together and perform a short golf swing. The backswing should be no further than your leading arm being parallel with the ground, and likewise, your forward swing should be no further than your trailing arm being parallel with the ground. Now, take five to ten swings without stopping between each swing. Don't force the swing, just let the weight of the clubs determine the tempo. This is a good tempo to use when you finally take a swing at the golf ball.

These are simple tips, but don't dismiss them out of hand. They work surprisingly well at fixing a number of golf swing faults, especially for new golfers. The simple golf swing is your best answer to a consistent golf swing, not just because it is easily learned and understood, but also because it is repeatable and gives you the best chance of a consistent golf swing every time.