Best Golf Swing Tips & Advice
Looking for golf swing advice and helpful tips to fix problems you’re facing on the golf course? You’re in the right place.
We get asked a lot of golf questions about the golf swing including “how to perform the perfect golf swing” and “best back swing technique” and “how to hit the golf ball further”
So today we’re sharing our best golf swing advice which is a mix of 31 golf swing tips and techniques golfers can follow to improve their swing.
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Our Top 31 Golf Swing Tips
Golf Down Swing Tips:
- The downswing is the most important aspect of the golf swing. You can have a terrible takeaway but somehow get your swing back on plane in the downswing and still hit the ball straight
- A proper downswing includes variables like weight shift, swing path, and club face angle at impact
- If you execute a good weight shift in the downswing, you’ll transfer energy efficiently and hit the ball with more power
Resource: How to Hit Your Golf Irons Farther
Trackman Data Can Fix Your Swing Faster:
- Use a Trackman to learn about your swing path angle and club face angle
- If your swing path is dead straight relative to your target line, the Trackman will read 0 degrees
- If your swing path is to the right of your target line (think “inside to outside” swing path) then the degrees will be positive, ex: 1.4 degrees
- If your swing path is left of your target line (think “outside to inside”) then the degrees will be negative
- Trackman also tells you data on your club face angle with square being 0 degrees, closed being a negative number, and open being a positive number
Golf Shot Shaping Tips (Draw, Slice, Hook, Fade)
- Whether the ball goes straight, right or left and whether it continues to go straight, draw, or fade is dependent on your club face angle relative to your swing path angle
- To hit a draw, your face angle needs to be closed (negative number) relative to your swing path (positive number)
- An example draw would be swinging 1 degrees to the right of your target while your club face is 0 degrees (square to the target) resulting in a closed face angle relative to your swing path, imparting side spin on the golf ball
- A slice golf swing results when your club face angle is greater than your swing path angle indicating an open face angle relative to the swing path, imparting side spin on the golf ball
- An example push slice would be swinging 1 degrees to the right but leaving the face open 2 degrees
- A pull slice example would be swinging -1 degrees (left of the target line) with the club face open 1 degree
- To fix a slice golf swing, you need to get your swing path going outside the target line and close the face more so it’s not open, creating side spin that slices the ball
- To fix a pull hook you need to get the swing path going to the outside target line instead of pulling inside the target line and the club face angle needs to open up more to stop the hooking spin.
Golf Swing Speed Tips:
- How far you hit the golf ball depends on your swing speed primarily as well as how clean you make contract with the ball on the center of the club face
- To hit the ball 250 yards with your driver, you should expect a swing speed of 100 mph
- Your ball speed should be 1.5 X your club head speed for driver. If you hit the ball with 100 mph swing, then your ball speed should be 150 mph if it’s hit pure. This is known as “Smash Factor” and is a metric PGA instructors monitor
- Clubhead speed is generated from the ground up starting with your feet and lower body. A good stance is important to maintain stability
- Think of your legs as anchors and as your body winds up, torque is created. On the downswing, you release this torque when you unwind the body and turn the hips toward your target, generating power in your swing.
- Additional club head speed is generated from “lag” which is your ability to release the club later in the swing so that the shaft and clubhead whip through the impact zone and achieve maximum speed just beyond the point of impact with the golf ball
- Golfers who release their swing too early, end up bottoming out before the golf ball which results in loss of power and can cause scooping
Golf Swing Technique Tips:
- First learn how to properly grip the golf club. Practice strong grip, neutral grip, and weak grip. Make sure the club is held in the fingers and not high up the palm. Don’t use too much grip pressure.
- Practice your stance set up position. Find a stable stance position with your legs spread apart shoulder width for most golf shots and slightly wider for driver shots. Bend the knees a little bit and keep your weight shifted slightly more on your back leg.
- Takeaway the golf club slowly to keep it on plane during the back swing and maintain control
- Pause slightly at the top of the swing and then let the arms start to fall and fire down into the ball
- Your club shaft should never dip beyond parallel with the ground during the top of the backswing
- For wedge shots your club shaft should be pointing more vertical into the sky as your arms stop at shoulder height
- Practice three quarter swings also for awkward distance golf shots
Overall, these were a compiled list of golf swing tips and golf swing advice that may sound confusing but as you learn more about the proper sequence of events that occur in the golf swing, these techniques and lessons will make more sense.
Keep reading and watching videos until you’re very knowledgeable on all the components of the golf swing!
And please make use of a Trackman. It’s a life saver helping you see data that can make sense of why the ball is doing what it’s doing.
You’ll understand why you’re only hitting the ball so far. You’ll learn why your ball flight direction starts left, straight or right, and you’ll understand why the ball curve ends up hooking, slicing, etc.
You can even see if you’re launching the ball high enough to get max distance or if you’re hitting to low of golf shots.
Ball spin rate and ball speed are two other factors you can monitor to help you improve your swing technique for maximum distance and control.
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