Golf Swing Principle Pro
Developing consistency and confidence in your golf game begins with first developing a better understanding of how golf club design affects the behavior of your golf ball. Each golf club is designed with extremely fine tolerances and has been engineered to help you gain a degree of control over the trajectory, curvature and speed of the ball. Your job is to use the golf club properly, meaning to use it in such a way that you hit a consistent golf stroke that you’re satisfied with…most of the time.
But this as you already know is definitely a challenge given the amount of conflicting information you have to sift through to find the best way for you to use the golf club properly.
We all want to hit the ball better and learning how to apply the principles of a pro golf swing will definitely help you develop consistency and confidence. The following are pro golf swing principles that I believe will help you hit the golf ball more strongly and consistently so you have more confidence on the golf course.
Principle #1 – Control the angle of the golf shaft when hitting the golf ball.
Controlling the trajectory begins with understanding the relationship between the head or end of the golf club stroke and the grip or end of the grip when the golf club hits the golf ball. There are three conditions that allow the golf shaft to be when hitting the ball. The shaft can lean forward towards the target, cannot lean back, or can lean back away from the target. When using metal or wood, ideally we want the golf shaft to be slightly forward when the golf ball is out of the clubface.
How do you do it?
Practice your golf stroke by trying to hit your golf stroke as low as possible using the seven irons without moving your upper body toward the target until the golf ball has left the clubface. Practice hitting your golf ball under low tree branches and bushes and focus on hitting the ball in front of the ground. You may have noticed that the PGA tour professionals use batting shots quite often when they hit their approach shots to the green.
Principle #2 – Control the angle of the face of the stick when the head of the stick hits the golf ball.
The clubface can be in one of three states when the golf ball is hit. It can be open to the target line, square to the target line or closed to the target line. It’s helpful to know that golf clubs shouldn’t be square but are actually slightly exposed. The reason for this is that there is a very important difference that you should know. Instead of thinking of impact as the time when the club comes into contact with the golf ball, think of it as two distinct times in your golf swing – impact or impact and split. When the golf club makes contact with the ball, the face of the club must be slightly open, not square, and as long as the golf ball is in contact with the face of the club, the ball will “align” and the ball will either come out or separate from the face of the club.
How do you do it?
The key to achieving this is to ensure that your hand when applied to the handle is positioned so that the pressure is behind the grip rather than above. The best example I can give you is imagining that you are pushing a shopping cart or lawn mower and thinking about where your hand is on the handle. The strongest hand position is behind the handle when applying pressure to move the object forward. This is no different in golf clubs where the goal is to apply pressure to the back of the golf ball. If you want to hit a stronger, longer stroke, make sure your hands are turned slightly behind the grip of the golf club.
Principle #3 – Speeding golf clubs should slow down as slowly as possible.
A golf club at the beginning of the downward swing accelerates, reaches peak acceleration and then slows to a stop. Every golf club swung by a human does this. You’ve probably heard commenters describe how pros “speed through the ball” which is a good thought but it doesn’t actually happen that way. In fact, the golf club slows down on contact with the golf ball and for some golfers, the speed slows down quite quickly. The key is to reduce the deceleration so that it occurs as slowly as possible.
How do you do it?
Create short backswings with a full and complete wrist cock. Swing your arms back to about 9 o’clock with the head of the stick pointing straight up. From this position swing the club to its final position and make a loud whooshing sound against the side of the golf ball’s target. As you swing your golf club into a perfectly balanced final position. The key to this exercise method is to focus solely on developing the whoosh in front of the golf ball rather than on the golf ball. Now transfer that feeling into your golf swing while staying focused on creating the roar in front of the golf ball.
Practice developing the principles of the pro golf swing and incorporating them into your golf swing. With some consistent practice, you will begin to see improved results leading to greater golf consistency and confidence. Author Lawrence Montague has been Australia’s leading professional golf teacher for over twenty years and owns one of the best golf schools on Queensland’s Gold Coast.