Power. Accuracy. Consistency. You‘d love to have a swing that combines all three, wouldn’t you? But developing a swing that’s powerful, accurate, and consistent is easier said than done—even with the help of numerous golf tips. The best approach is to work on achieving one attribute at a time until you’ve created a swing that has all three attributes.
The question is, which will make the most impact on your scores? Of the three attributes, achieving consistency will probably do the most to lower your scores and golf handicap. So work on consistency first.
To boost consistency, you need to develop a swing that’s not only mechanically sound but also highly repeatable. Incorporating the five proven golf tips discussed below will help you develop a swing that’s both mechanically sound and highly repeatable.
1) Widen Your Swing arc: Many golfers swing harder to hit it farther. But swinging harder narrows your swing arc, which actually short-circuits power. Instead, widen your swing arc for more power. To do that, move your hands as far away from your head as possible at the start of your downswing. That boosts power and consistency. You want to feel as though you’re creating a circle in route to the ball instead of a straight line. Just be careful you don’t uncock your wrists in the process.
2) Rotate your left forearm: If you find yourself slicing a lot, your clubface is open at impact. Slicing is, as I’ve often said in my golf tips newsletter, deadly. It can cost you strokes. Your clubface is open because you’re rotating your left forearm counter-clockwise. If you actively rotate your left forearm through the hitting zone, you’ll get the back of your left hand—and your clubface—square at impact. Ingraining this move boosts consistency. It also increases accuracy. See the drill described below.
3) Turn your head down the line: Your body must be stable from start to finish to drain putts. The slightest movement can result in disaster. The best way to stay stable when putting is to forget the hole. Instead, focus on your line, not the hole, after contact. To make it easier to do that, pick out a point on your target line about a foot in front of you and aim for that point, using a good firm putting stroke. Looking at the hole after contact tends to pull your body away from your putt. That disrupts your swing path, resulting in a push or a pull.
4) Thrust your hips forward :The old of advice that you should “feel like you’re turning in a barrel” on your downswing is misguided. That move short-circuits power and decreases consistency. If you want to hit longer drives more consistently, thrust your hips forward and slightly upwards on the downswing. To create the biggest thrust possible, push off on the ground with your back foot as you push your stomach toward the ball. That will not only minimize left-to-right curve on your ball flight, it also prevents hanging back. Both moves encourage inconsistency.
5) Use your thumb to help thumb it: Hitting a draw adds distance to your shot because it gets the ball to roll once it hits. But hitting a draw is easier said than done. To help you do it, press the thumb on your left hand on the trailing side of the grip—the side that’s away from the target. That automatically strengthens your grip. And that encourages more forearm and club rotation through impact, producing the right to left flight path needed for a draw. This move also produces a better grip at the top of the swing, which helps keeps your club shaft on-plane throughout the swing.
Square Your Clubface Drill
Get a ping pong paddle or a kid’s oversized toy racket. Set up as if you were going to hit a ball. Now make your backswing all the way to the top. Make a smooth transition to your backswing. As you come down, check that the strike side aligns with your left forearm midway into your downswing. From here, turn your left forearm counterclockwise, or to the left. Get the face pointing away from you as you complete your downswing in perfect position to square it up at impact for perfectly straight, laser-like shots.
Practice this drill as often as often you can to memorize the “feel” it produces for the next time you hit the course.
Ingraining the five proven golf tips in your golf swing—one at a time—and you’ll boost power, accuracy, and consistency. That, in turn, will help you break 80 and chop strokes off your golf handicap.