Is your natural swing a draw? It’s great if it is. Draws add distance to your drives because they tend to run when they hit. But if you found yourself hitting snap hooks or pushes lately, you could be rotating your hips improperly. This swing fault diverts you from the proper swing plane and saps power from your swing.
The simple golf drill below fixes your golf swing. It teaches you to rotate your hips properly, so your natural draw doesn’t turn into a hook or push:
Drop am alignment swing on the ground. Place it perpendicular to your target line and open about 10 percent. Now take your address position. Place your back foot on the alignment stick, open the same amount of degrees. Ground your club, then take it back like you usually do.
Now stop about halfway back and check your back hip. If it extends beyond the alignment stick, you’ve rotated your hips improperly. Work on taking the club back without your hips going past the alignment stick. Faring your foot out about 20% instead of 10% is also an option.
Work on this golf swing fix as often as you can. When you do, focus on keeping your back hip from extending beyond the alignment stick. Then hit some balls off the tee without the alignment stick. This simple golf drill fixes your golf swing for good.
3 Simple Golf Swing Fixes to Help You Boost Your Game
If you type the words “fix golf swing” in your web browser, you will get dozens of articles in your search engine results. While these articles would differ on tips for mastering your swing, they’d probably agree on one point: Don’t try to fix your swing on the course. That’s excellent advice—whether you’re new to the game or a scratch golfer.
There’s only one place for fixing golf swings. That’s on the range. Sure, you can do some drills at home. But the range is still THE place to go to master your swing. Once you get there, focus on one swing flaw at a time. Beating it may take some time. Once you’ve beaten it, you can move on to the next one. Ironing out the kinks in your swing will up your game dramatically.
Below are three power-draining swing flaws to work at the range:
- Starting your swing off plane
- Failing to stay behind the ball
- Lifting your front heel during your swing
Correct these swing flaws and you find yourself hitting the ball not only longer but also straighter and more accurately.
- Starting your swing off plane — Golfers often bend their trailing arms too much when starting during the takeaway. Instead, extend your arms back as far as you can. Start your swing with more extension or width in your arms, and you’ll drive the ball further.
- Failing to stay behind the ball — In making a full turn, golfers often slide back and forth during their swings. That move, in turn, causes their upper bodies to become overactive and slide forward beyond the ball. That move robs you of power. Stay behind the ball, and you’ll supercharge your swing. Below is a drill to help you master this move:
Find a spot on the range where the sun produces a shadow straight in front of you. Angle two reference clubs so they outline the shadow of your legs at address. The grips should be pointing at a ball on a tee in the ground. As you turn your body to the top, keep your lower body shadow within the clubs. Let your head move slightly.
- Lifting your front heel — There’s nothing wrong with lifting your front heel during your swing. Many golfers use this move to trigger their swings. But you need to replace your heel in the same spot. Otherwise, you’ll ruin a good shoulder turn during the downswing, sacrificing clubhead speed and power.
These are three swing flaws you could quickly eliminate at the range with a little work. Doing so will pay off. It will not only boost your power but also increase accuracy and consistency. Fix your golf swing and you’ll fix your game.
Take Charge of Your Game: 7 Basic Golf Swing Fixes
Let’s face it. Few of us are scratch golfers. Heck, many of us have a hard time breaking 100—even on good days. So, when things go south during a round, they can really go south. That can cost you strokes, frustrate you to no end, and ruin your day. Beginners can have an especially hard time righting the ship in cases like these but so do veterans sometimes.
But the course is no place to make significant golf swing fixes. Making simple changes, like loosening your grip or slowing down your swing, can help you right the ship on a bad day. But you need to address major changes at the range. So, if you’re hitting slices, shanks, hooks, and worm burners during a round, wait until you’re at the range to make golf swing fixes.
Don’t try to do too much when you get to the range. Instead, work on correcting one flaw at a time. This approach simplifies the process. It also keeps you from getting frustrated and confused. To help, we’ve provided proven golf swing fixes for seven basics flaws We’ve also included two golf drills for added measure.
- Stopping the slice — Probably the most frustrating swing flaw of all, the dreaded slice occurs when your clubface is open to the swing path. Wearing a wristwatch on your front wrist can help you correct this swing flaw. Now focus on rolling your watch face over during the downswing. It should be pointing to the ground in the follow-through. This move rotates your forearms and closes the face just enough before hitting the ball.
- Harnessing the hook — Closing your clubface way too much at impact causes a hook. That forces you to hit the outside half of the ball—the half that’s farthest away from you. A simple golf swing fix is to pick out a dimple on the back of the ball, but on the half nearest to you. Then, try to hit that dimple with the clubface’s center. That opens your clubface just enough at impact for the ball to go straight.
- Pulverizing the push — With pushes, you’re swinging too in-to-out, causing your club to comes into impact too far from the inside. Almost as common as the slice, this swing flaw results from an overactive lower body. To eliminate this swing flaw, take a dramatically closed stance. That immobilizes your lower body and makes allows your arms to catch up with and swing past your chest.
- Taming the topped shot — Topping your tee shot is embarrassing. It results from your shoulders and hips spinning out on the downswing. That forces you to make contact at the upper half of the ball. To correct this flaw, do two things: (1) Keep your front hip over your front foot as you go, preventing you from spinning out; (2) Picture your chest pointing to the ball at impact, preventing any loss of body posture.
- Tackling the toe hit — Toe hits with your irons are among the least forgiving shots in golf. They siphon off your carry distance. To cure toes hits, place another ball just inside the heel of your iron. Now swing easy while trying to miss the second ball. This golf drill teaches you not only to swing more from the inside but also to not release the club too early with your hands—a deadly swing flaw for beginners.
- Stopping the shank — This wayward shot is one of two types of mishits. Both are the result of hitting the ball off the heel. The other is the off-center hit that scuttles along on the ground to the side. They come from an exaggerated hit in-to-out swing path. To fix this swing flaw, work on making your practice divots a hair left of your target and keeping your left wrist flat through impact.
- Fixing the fat shot — No matter how bad they are, all fat shots have the same cause: your clubhead hits the ground first, then the ball. That can cost you strokes. To fix this flaw, you need to move the lowest point of your swing farther forward. Here’s a drill that teaches you to do that: Place a scorecard three inches behind a ball. Secure it to the ground using tees placed at each corner of the scorecard. Work on missing the scorecard as you complete your downswing through impact.
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These seven golf swing fixes cover some of the most common flaws in golf. The fixes can help you iron these flaws out of your swing and boost consistency. But don’t try them on the course. Wait until you’re at the practice tee, then work on beating that flaw and only that flaw.
Working on one flaw at a time simplifies things and focuses your concentration. Once you’ve beaten that flaw, you work on any other swing flaws you may have. Mastering your swing like that will help you chop strokes off your scores and your golf handicap.