How to improve your golf swing


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How to improve your golf swing

  1. 1. ==== ====How to improve your golf shots ====Im not a fan of the fat shot. The fat shot is one of the most common bad shots in golf and leads todisastrous results which destroy your golf confidence. Many golfers from beginners to tour proshave hit them and some golfers continually hit them encouraging a lack of confidence in their golfswing and higher golf scores.Imagine how many times a fat shot led to losing a golf tournament by one shot and you canunderstand why this outcome is feared by many golfers novice to professional. Fortunately fatshots can be virtually eliminated from your game by following some simple steps that lead to moreconsistent and solid ball striking.To know how to eliminate the fat shot from your game you need to first isolate the reasons whyyou hit them. Fat golf shots occur mostly when the speeding club-head in the down swing strikesthe ground before it strikes your golf ball.Put simply, its ground before ball rather than ground after ball.A golf iron has been designed to strike the ball and then enter the ground just in front of the golfball. The design of the sole (bottom of the club-head) enables it to travel into the ground and thenout of it much like the way the floats on a water plane enable it to enter into the water and thenplane along the surface.When a golf club enters the ground before the ball, the golf ball will be struck with an ascendingblow, that is, the ball is struck as the club-head is traveling upwards resulting in semi-topped oreven topped golf shots. Semi topped golf shots travel a lot shorter distance than solidly hit golfshots and this explains why many amateur golfers hit their iron shots short of the greenconsistently.The main reason golfers hit fat shots is through over-acceleration of the club-head in the downswing. This means that the golf club head is traveling too quickly too soon so that the peak of theclub-heads acceleration occurs well before the golf ball is struck.Think of it this way, at the top of your back-swing you have established an angle between your leftforearm and the golf shaft of somewhere between 75 and 100 degrees. Commonly referred to asyour wrist cock angle, this angle stores most of the potential energy of your back swing before youcommence your down swing.Now, the key is to release this acute angle gradually so that the golf club-head builds up its speedto a point where maximum club-head speed occurs just before the golf ball is struck. However,when this angle is released too early, the club-head accelerates too quickly outwards increasing
  2. 2. the width or radius of the down swing arc much too soon leading to a collision with the groundbefore the golf ball.So two things occur; you get too much speed in the club-head too soon, and consequently, you hitthe ground before you hit the golf ball. When the golf club-head is traveling downwards towardsthe ball we can describe the arc of its path as too steep, too shallow or correct. Too steep has theclub-head striking the ball traveling downwards too much creating deep divots mostly in front ofthe ball. Too shallow means that the arc of the club-head is traveling level to slightly upwards as itstrikes the ball.The correct angle as you now know has the club-head striking the ball and then the turf at thecorrect time in the down swing.Developing a more on-plane down-swing gives you your best chance of your golf club striking theball at the correct time. An on-plane down-swing has the end of the grip tracing a path along theplane line which is an imaginary line that extends from either side of the golf ball to the horizonthat is parallel to your target line.From the top of your back-swing gently pull the grip end of your golf-club with your last threefingers of your left hand until the golf shaft points towards the target. From this position with yourhands more or less in front of your body the golf club free-wheels itself outwards through the golfball on the correct angle of attack, striking the golf ball before it strikes the ground.The key is to apply a light pulling pressure on the end of the grip which gradually accelerates theclub-head to peak velocity through the golf ball. By keeping the right hands impulse to apply hitpressure at bay you will start your golf swing on a correct path that leads to consistent golf shotsthat fly crisply off the club-face with maximum distance and accuracy leading to more golfconfidence.Would you like to develop loads more confidence, consistency and competence in your short andlong game leading to lower golf scores when you play? With my program Ill teach you exactly howto spend less time practicing and more time improving. Head over to http://www.golfconfidence.orgright now to sign up for access to the free coaching videos.Lawrence Montague is an expert Australian PGA golf instructor who has worked with thousands ofgolfers from novice to tour level over the past twenty five years, teaching them how to reduce theirgolf scores faster, and develop more accuracy and distance.Article Source:
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