How to perfect your swing

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By Patrick S

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  1. I am a young golfer (13 y/o) and wanted to know how to truly perfect my swing to upgrade my level of golf.

  2. EddietheKarp


    Well, Patrick, there's a lot to unpack on the subject. First and foremost, I would suggest that we restrict the parameters to how to perfect YOUR swing, not chase a mythical vision of what "THE" perfect swing should be. Jim Furyk's swing, for the obvious example, is HIS perfect swing, no matter how it compares to Rors visually (he is Mr. 58, after all).

    Step 1 would be to work with a very competent Professional to ensure your fundamentals (setup, kinematic sequence, etc.) are where they should be. Make any needed adjustments and focus on what happens in the strike zone (about 1 foot before impact through 1 foot post impact), if that's good, then the ball is generally going to go where you want it regardless of what else happened.

    Step 2 is get to a good club fitter. You'll want to ensure your equipment is working to enhance your performance on the course and not causing you to make compensations to make something work that isn't right for you.

    After that, as Ben hogan said, the answer is in the dirt. Outwork everyone else until the game becomes point and shoot. Great tools for this endeavor can be any combination of the list below.

    a. Any skills competition with a comparable, or preferably, more skilled opponent.

    b. Combine tests on a launch monitor provided you have access to one at a facility. These used to be uncommon, but have become far more available to the average golfer.

    c. Practicing hitting golf shots on the range, not just whacking balls into the green oblivion. Every shot should begin with your pre-shot routine with a specific target, shape, and trajectory in your mind before hitting.

    While doing all this, also seek out the advice and experiences of those around you who have achieved success at an elite amateur or professional level. Their experiences can help you learn the nuances of the game in ways you may not otherwise be exposed to.

    These are just my opinion on basic stepping stones, and by no means a defined blueprint for success. You may find that some things are more effective for you than others, so don't be afraid to adapt and work on your weaknesses as well as strengths. Once you reach the point and shoot level, it becomes much more about putting yourself in competitive situations. Play against the best you can, as often as you can.

    I wish you nothing but the beast in your quest and hope you find enjoyment in the game for a lifetime!
  3. Anna S

    Anna S
    Saint Paul

    Hey! Patrick,

    Improving golf swing speed is critical for adding distance. Use these 4 simple drills to generate more clubhead speed:

    Drill 1: Set Up For Speed

    Optimize your address position by leaning spine away from target, angling shoulders upward, increasing trail leg support, and positioning lead hip slightly higher. Proper setup creates the ideal impact conditions.

    Drill 2: Train With Lighter Club

    Turn a club upside down to grip the head end. Taking practice swings with the lighter end promotes faster motion to increase swing speed.

    Drill 3: Fire Big Muscles

    Drive the swing with your large core muscles, not just arms and hands. Plant front foot, fire hips forward first, with arms trailing behind for proper sequence.

    Drill 4: Improve Timing

    Smooth out your swing for better timing. Take practice swings using a weighted towel on the clubhead to prevent snatching on the backswing and downswing.

    Implementing these 4 swing speed drills focuses on core fundamentals - set up, sequencing, and timing. Master these tips to add noticeable yards off the tee.
  4. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Go see a PGA teaching professional in your area. Will be the best decision you ever made. =)
  5. JoeyD


    From the time each of us are born our brains have been forming to learn how to use our hands, legs, arms and every other body part that we have in order to stand in balance, walk, ride a bike, write and communicate. While the golf swing is a complex set of movements I have found it much easier to learn and teach when you stop thinking so much golf swing and start thinking about how each part of your body must move and the order in which they must move. Before you go see someone thats going to put a basket between your legs, a ball between your arms and a pool noodle to the right of you, use your brain to first try to understand what those drills are trying to make your body parts do. Once your brain understands what it needs to do with your body parts, it can repeat it. Your brain is your most important asset to figure out your swing. It doesn't have to figure out how to walk all over again every morning when you get out of bed but it does need to know what to tell your body to do automatically. Teach it properly and you will master your swing and easily tweak it to gain distance and accuracy, be able to adjust for growth spurts, injuries and an aging body through the years.

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