Tee to Green Golf Tips
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
While teaching golf for almost 30 years, I’ve seen many players sway around during their swings.
They also swing too hard at the ball.
There are times when an all-out swing is a risk worth taking, say on a wide-open tee shot on a long par-4 or par-5. But that’s only during a few holes per round.
I’ve seen golfers take all-out swings on shorter shots, using irons or even sand wedges, which usually leads to disastrous results for both their scores and their self-confidence.
For better shots and lower scores, focus on your shoulder turn and keep your head steady.
1. Assume a good grip and balance your weight evenly on both feet. Begin your backswing by rotating your shoulders down slightly while keeping your eyes focused on the ball, as shown in the top photo.
2. The top of the backswing is complete when your left shoulder is under your chin or even with the ball, and your club is over your right shoulder and pointed toward the distant target, as shown in the middle photo.
3. As you move into the downswing and strike the ball, your goal is to have both shoulders facing the target, with your club now pointing behind you in a balanced finish, demonstrated in the final image.
4. Practice this on the driving range or during your round. By focusing on a complete and full shoulder turn while keeping your head steady, you will begin to eliminate swaying.
Proper use of your shoulders will give you more control.
You’ll create a swing that can hit the ball in the middle of the club face more often.
Soon, you’ll find that you’re hitting the ball straighter, farther and you’ll have a better score.
Photos of Pete Wyndorf taken by Linda Trischitta,
The Miami Laker