The Golf Swing

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Fixing Common Mistakes - Inconsistency

If you find that you're the type of golfer that rarely hits back to back good shots then it's time to think about sacrificing some distance on your shots for consistency. By becoming consistent you'll cut lots of strokes off your game. You'll eliminate penalties caused by errant shots as well as those wasted shots trying to recover form bad lies. The best way I know to become consistent is to throttle down your swing. Here's how to do it.

Take a Wider Stance

By taking a wider stance you'll form a more stable base for your swing. This wider base will allow you to develop the tight coiling pattern of the upper body that is necessary on the backswing. It will also reduce any tendency you have to sway. When I say take a wider stance I'm only talking about 2 or 3 inches wider than you normally would set up.

Leave Room at the Top of Your Swing

On the back swing if you have the tendency to bring the club back all the way to horizontal it's time to cut back and bring the club back 3/4 of the way. That's what I mean by leaving room at the top. By bringing the club back only 3/4 of the way you'll find you get the following benefits. 1) The weight will remain on the inside of your right foot eliminating any sway you have in your swing. If at any time in your backswing you feel the weight shifing to the outside of your right foot you're swaying and you need to correct it right away. 2) You'll limit the wrist action in the backswing. Overly active wrists will cause your clubface to open or close at the top. This opening or closing of the clubface has to be compensated for on the downswing. 3) Your clubface has a greater chance of being in the proper position at the top of the backswing (pointing towards the target rather than right or left of the target)


Time the Downswing

On the downswing concentrate on shifting your weight onto your left foot and pulling the club through impact to a full follow through. In the beginning when you try the 3/4 swing you feel the urge to swing hard to compensate for the lack of extension on the backswing. Don't! Swing easy. Practice this for a while and you'll see yourself hitting the ball squarely. Your shots will fly straight and your distance won't suffer much at all. I don't know about you but I'd rather be 220 yards out lying in the fairway than 240 yards out trying to recover from an errant shot into the woods.

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