The golf season unofficially ended in Plumas County when a few feet of snow fell on our un-raked leaves over the week of Thanksgiving, except of course we all know the Mt Huff crew will be at it all winter when they are not under snow or water. But for the rest of us, this could be a perfect time to start getting a secret weapon ready for next spring.
Keep your head engaged
The head is the control center of the swing. Many golfers are tempted to track their shots. Pulling the head out too early forces your shoulders and torso up, leading to hitting the top half of the golf ball.
A good way to break this habit on the range is on your follow-through — try to look over your back shoulder on follow through. Keep your head down all the way through the swing without looking for the ball. This will help keep your body down and avoid hitting flyers.
Connect your arms
Loose arms in a golf swing force the club away from your body and create a long swing plane. Connecting the lower half of your arms will keep the swing plane consistent.
Additionally, keeping the upper part of the arms connected to the body, golfers can avoid slicing and hooking. To practice this, use these methods:
Lower arms: Justin Thomas uses an inflatable training ball that fits between the lower arms. Squeeze the ball between the arms so it fits snug, but not overly tight. If the ball comes loose and falls in the backswing, your arms are separating.
Upper Arms: Take a golf towel and tuck it between each of your armpits. Similar to the lower arm exercise, if the golf towel falls, your arms are coming away from your body creating an uncontrollable swing plane.
Pro tip: Once comfortable with each exercise individually, try doing both simultaneously. This will get your arms in control from top to bottom.
Develop Different Grips: The hands are the connecting point to the golf club. A small change in the hand positioning can make big changes down the shaft. There are three different grips: weak, neutral and strong. The names are misleading and aren’t related to grip pressure but instead hand position.
– Weak: Tendency to help fade,
– Neutral: No favor to fade or draw,
– Strong: Tendency to help draw.
For right-handed golfers, a strong grip means rotating the wrist slightly over the face of the club with the thumb of the left hand down the right side of the club. This forces the club head to remain closed longer and drives rotation at the bottom. A weak grip is an opposite of strong.
Quiet the Legs
Too much action in the legs can throw off the upper bottom. For example, too much bend at the knees can change your hip plane as you swing through. If the back leg is bent too far, it will force you to lean back and either ground your club or hit sky-high shots.
In practice, focus on shifting your weight from back to front while focusing on not bending the legs.
Take some of these secrets of a golf swing to help stabilize different parts of your body to hit straighter and longer shots.
Well, there you have it. That is the first lesson. If you just can’t wait to see what comes next, or are planning a golf vacation to some summer spot this winter and need your golf game spot on right now, Jordan Fuller has a website golfinfluence.com.
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