Today, James from Golf Meteor will be writing a guest post, all about the 5 Top Tips to Help you Improve Your Golf Swing!
Without further delay, here's James!
As a golfer, aside from your equipment and accessories, your swing can be the single most important aspect of your game.
Refining and perfecting your swing to help your gameplay whether your goal is to attain a truer shot or to improve your accuracy, it will inevitably result in exceptional long game performance.
We’re going to go over some helpful tips to improve your golf swing that you can start putting into practice the next time you get in the range. These tips are mostly things which you’ll be able to make a start on and slowly you’ll see improvements incrementally if you keep to a routine and keep attempting to work on these improvements.
One thing to keep in mind is the process of improving isn’t a switch that will just turn on suddenly, often it is a case of firstly making sure you can identify faults in your swing, then proceeding onto fixing those faults.
Finding Your Faults
One of the biggest steps to trying to make any improvement to your golf swing will first be that you’ll need to be able to identify exactly what is wrong with your swing, to begin with. If you’re a beginner to golf or even a casual golfer you’ll likely have characteristics which are less than ideal for your golf swing, and as a casual golfer, they have probably gone unnoticed.
A way you can assess your swing and the results of that swing would be to take note of the difference between the ball flight of your current shot and the ball flight which you’d ideally like to achieve.
By doing this you should be able to build up a pattern of what shots are bad and which ones are good, taking note of the little changes in your swing on each shot to narrow down precisely what factors needs to be worked on.
Influencing the Impact
The one thing that the golf ball cares about, in fact, the only thing the ball care about is the impact. While many coaches and teachers will drone on about swing positions, the reality is that this is where it counts, each and every golf shot is a combination of different factors that influence the impact, for example:
- how cantered the strike is,
- the angle of the club face at impact,
- the swing path all the way through to impact,
- the angle of attack, and
- the velocity at impact of the club head.
Just as these factors help improve your golf swing, you should also be able to find a few of these factors and link them to any bad habits you have in relation to your golf swing and adjust each one slowly until you’re able to see improvement.
The Foundation of your Swing Your golf swing is usually made up of 14 swing principles, these are what coaches and teachers will often use to guide a player in improving their performance. Each principle can be categorised into a factor which affects your swing, for example, face, path, speed, angle of attack, strike .etc
Some of the principles such as grip or aim are often found in multiple categories, this shows how they can have an effect on a wider scale than others. What you want to do, ideally, is to choose one or two of these principles and keep track of each one to be able to quantify your progress in regards to performance and you make improvements over time.
Your golf swing can be described as a process of events, of which your aim, posture and additionally your grip will equally have an effect on everything that follows afterwards (the impact/shot). So you should make a start by attempting to resolve any issues you might have with any of these pre-swing principles.
It’s true that great aim a good posture and the correct grip will be very helpful. However, one thing to mention with is more of a side note would be that once you’ve had two or three sessions with a different golf set you’ll notice that your swing will somewhat re-adjust as you get familiar with the feel of the set, so it’s nothing to be concerned about.
Test Practice and Test Once Again
After you’ve managed to outline the swing principle that you plan to improve upon, a good method of reviewing would be to video yourself. Then you can closely analyse your swing frame by frame should you want to go deep into reviewing what you’re doing and figure out what you can do to improve.
Once you’ve reviewed your swing and play, take your notes, or make a mental note of what you plan to do differently and head off to the golf range. Keep in mind this won’t be an overnight deal; your improvement will most likely be a long slow process. Just make sure you’re hitting the ball and use each new swing as feedback and analyse each new swing to your previous.
About James & Golf Meteor
James runs a blog called Golf Meteor. He has played golf for over 15 years and, along with his team, aim is to provide beginners who are just starting to get into golf a resource of simple, easy to understand yet informative guides to help them grasp the basics, while also setting them onto the right path of continued improvement in their long game.