Are you one of the 24 million Americans that enjoy playing golf?
Whether you play for business or pleasure, no doubt you’d love to find ways to effectively improve your golf game.
In this post, we’ll reveal four tips to help you do just that. Read on to learn more!
1. Identify Your Weaknesses
If you’re serious about how to improve your golf game, you first need to know your weaknesses.
While you may not have a list of PGA Tour statistics to guide you, there are things you can do to determine your weakest areas. Keep track of your own stats such as:
- Fairways hit
- Greens in regulation
- Total putts
- Short game up and downs
If you need more help, you could also try an app like Shot by Shot. This unique program analyzes your game to reveal your greatest strengths and weaknesses.
Once you know what you need to work on, you’re in a much better position to improve your golf game.
2. Develop Clubface Control
What separates good players from the truly great? The secret lies in developing clubface control.
A common mistake many golfers make is to keep the clubface too open on the backswing. Others keep it the clubface the same amount of open too long during the downswing. In either case, you’re not hitting the ball squarely.
To correct the issue, assume your standard grip. Focus on “twisting” your bottom hand so it faces away from you during your backswing and through your entire swing.
What’s considered “square” at the top of your swing is actually 90 degrees open. Yes, your clubface needs that much rotation to hit the ball squarely.
3. Swing Through Your Torso
Another common mistake golfers make is to rely on their arms and wrists for power. Not only is this ineffective, but it also leaves you prone to injury.
The real driving power comes from your torso. Establish your address posture and then rotate your core by turning your torso away from your target.
When you start your downswing, do exactly the opposite. Rotate your torso toward your target, until your right shoulder is closer to your left leg than your right.
If you need help developing your strength and flexibility in this area, sports performance training can help.
4. Concentrate on Putting
Our final tip is to focus on improving your putting.
We all dream of driving the ball like Tiger Woods, but realistically very few of us have his power or physique.
Still, there’s no reason you can’t learn to put as well as the pros. Rather than rushing right to the driving range, spend the majority of your time practicing putts.
If you can consistently sink the ball from six feet or less, you’ll be amazed at how dramatically this will improve your score.
Ready to Improve Your Golf Game?
With these tips, you should begin to see a noticeable improvement in your golf game.
As mentioned above, proper body mechanics are critical to developing your golf game (and protecting yourself while you play). A professional personal trainer can help you develop the strength, control, and flexibility you need.
Ready to take your game to the next level? Please contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your fitness goals.