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10 Tips to Get The Best Swings

Here are some of the most indispensable tips on how to do the best swings. These tips came from a number of golf enthusiasts.

  1. Keep Hands Low. In order to minimize the height of your shot effectively, you must limit the height of follow-through. The rule is: the lower the position of your hands, the lower the flight of the ball. You may have same result by either using a stronger club or moving the ball back in your stance. However, these movements are less reliable and also harder to execute. The best way is to keep hands low, so the shot trajectory would be lower. (See Photos)
  2. Keep forearm parallel to the spine. To increase accuracy and solidify ball-striking, make sure that you are on-plane as you swing. See photo and you will notice how the right forearm parallels to the spine; left wrist flat while elbows and arms form a triangle. This position indicates a perfect backswing. 
  3. Get power from the body, not the arms alone. You are a good golfer if you are aware that power during a swing must come from the body and not he arms. To learn how to use body to power the club, position  your body dead-stop, placing the club behind the target. Now try to drag the ball to the air without taking a backswing. You may find it difficult at first, especially if you usually control the club with your hands. Nevertheless, you will learn soon that by moving the club using your body, you will consistently get the ball in the air. Doing this practice teaches you to turn your body fully through the ball downswing.
  4. There are two usual flaws that amateurs do when hitting iron shots. It is either the takeaway is too low, delaying proper wrist hinging; or the arms swing too far during the backswing – a movement mistakenly known to create power. These faults usually cause the player to mis hits, or lack control and distance on hits.To make a more solid contact, you need to gain control as you swing. You can do this by following some steps. First, at setup, you need to position your left arm properly, so that there would be a 45-degree angle between your arm and the shaft. Positioning your arm like this gives you the 90-degree angle that you need to properly start a swing. At the takeaway, hands must stay as near as possible to the ground while the clubhead quickly moves up. It is best to get the left thumb to point towards the right shoulder. A proper wrist hinge is when the left arm parallels to the ground while the clubshaft is positioned in 90 degrees. Doing this position makes the wrists set in the backswing much earlier; this way, you won’t need to swing the arms too far. This proper positioning also eliminates the tendency to have a bad posture when swinging. When proper wrist hinge is created during the backswing, you’ll notice that ballstriking is better, resulting in a more focused direction and more stable distance on your iron shots.
  5. Give your Slice the Elbow. Players, such as John Daly, noticeably have their elbows out when swinging. On the other hand, other golfers like Sergio Garcia keep their elbows in. This proves that both methods can result in great shots. Nonetheless, biomechanical studies show that elbows out is more favorable for fade ballfight; the tucked elbow, on the other hand, promotes a draw. You may find that proper positioning of the right elbow may be the answer if you are struggling with slicing, or just want to have a power-rich draw. In addition, if you allow your right elbow fly, there’s a tendency that your right shoulder will shoot skyward, causing an unnecessarily exaggerated movement, hence, bad results.Keep yourself from wrong positioning of shoulder and right elbow. Avoid slices and promote a draw by efficiently positioning your right elbow parallel to the seam on your shirt’s right side. Positioning your elbow in this area will allow proper leveling of the shoulders and spine. This will help you make a more powerful and improved  downswing.
  6. Solid Plane Equals No Slice. A slice is often caused by an open face at the point of contact, as well as a flawed swing path, regardless if the clubface hits target squarely at impact. The swing paths of slicers usually come excessively from the outside. All players need to have a path coming just a little from the inside. You may try the box drill, which involves taking the golf ball box’s top half and standing it on its side. Try to have a path that lets the shaft have an over-the-box pass. In case of slicers, having the box set up on the same line would help, and do not hit the box.
  7. Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down. Hookers need to stop the clubface from closing too soon. To do this, adopt a thumbs-down approach to impact. In the photos at right, you clearly can see the red side of the paddle with both my thumbs pointing down toward the ground. This type of movement slows the closing of your clubface, thus eliminating shots that curve to the left. In the second photo, the blue side of the paddle shows. This thumbs-up position is what slicers need to attain (a closing of the clubface).
  1. Avoid Flips. The much-dreaded “flippiness”, or early release takes place when the body goes too far in front of the ball.  Flippiness usually cause the club to lag drastically, and often with an open face. When this happen, players usually try to close the face during impact, but it could be a difficult task to execute, even for pro golfers. Typically, when players try to do this, the clubface just race in the shaft’s front, striking the ball with either a closed or an open face on an ascending arc. “Flippiness” also happen in baseball, just the same as with golf. To avoid this, keep the head behind the ball by establishing your left side firmly.

The usual cause of flip is when the body is out-balanced or out of position. Sensing the wrong positioning, your body makes the hands to try to square the clubface on impact. This adjustment generally causes flips.

How to Fix a Flip. Use an impact bag (it could be an old duffel stuffed with towels). Push the club head against the bag, positioning your body in a proper impact position. The shaft and your lead arm should be in one straight line. Your lead leg should be braced and hips are turned slightly into the open.

  1. Chipping. It might be tempting to do chipping indoors, but soon after you broke the TV, you will realize that golf should be done outdoors. However, you can still practice chipping and improve your techniques in the comfort of your living room by using a broken golf shaft or wooden dowel. Through the hole on top of the pitching wedge grip, place the dowel.put a little Vaseline on the dowel and push it about 8-12 inches to the shaft’s butt end. Leave about 2-3 feet out.

You can now practice chipping. Start with proper positioning of the left wrist. Make sure it stays rigid when the clubface goes through the impact zone. You will notice that the dowel’s protruding portion will hit against your left side ince your left wrist breaks down. Avoid doing this. Aside from avoiding wrist breakdown, practicing with the dowel will also promote the correct hands-forward position, which is very important in making clean contact.

In addition, using the dowel forces your hand to move forward, allowing you to swing the club properly in the follow through. Mastering this drill will help you get up and down in every game.

You might be surprised how everyday items can help you with improving your game. The key is experimenting. Who knows, you may develop the next big thing in golf training in the near future.

  1. Get a dose of Special K. Even players who have good, grooved swings may experience difficulties during a game, particularly if they lose proper positioning when trying to hit for distance. Stiffening the back leg when doing a backswing can result in your body getting out balanced; making it hard to move the knee just in time for the impact. If consistency is one of your problems, regardless if you are an experienced player, getting a dose of Special K might help.

The special K is the position in which an angle is formed in the back of the leg. One can tell how well you keep your Super K with the way you stand to the ball during the swing. The best way to keep your Super K is to maintain an athletic posture, with the hips and back of the knees bending forward. Having your back leg properly flexed allows your arms to have more room when swinging. It helps align the joints, as well.

Keeping the K. Maintain this angle from address to post-impact to keep swing level. You may practice doing this in front of the mirror in order to know how this movement feels. See photo for setup position. Hold this position steadily and check your stance in the mirror so you can connect the look and feel of proper back-leg flex position. Then, swing to the top, holding the position and looking in the mirror to check if the right angle is maintained.

Setup. Special K setup basically shows the body ready for action, a posture commonly used in many sports. You may start with flexing your back knee to prevent yourself from moving up-and-down while swinging. Preparing yourself correctly allows you to swing without making any adjustments. This position is so important because it unlocks the hips, allowing you to rotate freely. Wrong positioning, such as when the back leg straightens at the knee, will cause the body to tilt, instead of turn. 

 

Impact. During impact in the Special K flex, the trailing arm straightens, thus releasing power into the ball. Both hands are straight after impact; and the position of the clubhead is just below the hands, while the club butt points to the middle of the body.

Backswing. During backswing, keeping the Special K stance keeps your elbows levelled close to the top of your swing, thus keeping the clubface from spiraling off position. Keeping your K promotes a well-rounded backswing, and allows the club shaft to travel on the proper swing path gradually but powerfully