Ever look on the internet to find a few useful golf swing tips only to find far more advice on the golf swing than you ever felt possible? The next thing you know you read a dozen or so golf swing tips and become even more confused than before.
Not to add to the confusion, but hopefully cut through the clutter, the following list contains tried and true golf swing tips that will help aid the beginner golfer and serve as gentle reminders for more advanced golfers. These golf swing tips are not intended to offer “new or breakthrough” golf swing methods, but fundamentally sound golf advice that if incorporated in your game, will certainly help lower your score and ingrain sold golf swing fundamentals.
General Golf Swing Tips
- Relax: you can have the best golf swing in the world, but if you are too uptight and introduce tension into your swing, you are doomed. If you simply relax when you swing (think a golf grip of “5” on a scale of 1 to 10), you will hit the ball further, more solidly and more consistently.
- Pre-shot routine: establish a standard pre-shot routine before every shot.
- Establish good rhythm and tempo: think “Slow Back, Fast Forward” and work on getting your body and swing tempo in sync.
- Make solid contact with the golf ball: if you find you are hitting the ball short, fat, thin, left and right, then on your next shot, relax, take more club, shorten your swing and simply ensure that you are making solid contact with the ball
Short Game Golf Swing Tips
- Putting: Keep your eyes over the ball and head steady; ensure consistent backswing length and follow-through; keep lower body “quiet”; make sure to hit through the ball.
- Chipping: Keep most of your body weight on your front leg throughout shot.
- Pitching: Open stance and keep most of your body weight on your front leg throughout shot.
- Bunkers: Keep left arm straight throughout shot and control shot with good body rotation, not just arms.
Practice and Play Mindset
- Separate “play” from “practice.” When practicing, focus on fundamentals, mechanics and adjustments. When playing, resist analysis and focus only on the target for your next shot.
- When playing, track golf shot statistics to monitor progress and identify development needs including number of fairways hit, greens in regulation, “Up and Down” Percentage and Putts Per round
- Analyze your statistics and overall play after your round to set basis for practice agenda.
- Practice with a purpose—define your practice agenda, needs and focus areas before you practice.
- Sixty percent or more of golf score occurs within 100 yards of hole. To lower your golf scores, devote half or more of practice time to short game (pitching, bunkers, chipping and putting).