Getting Better: How to Make Golf Swing Changes

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How to Make Swing Changes – 9 Ways To Make it Happen

So if you finally realize that things are not working out and need to make adjustments, here are nine suggestions to help you with the process.

Focus on What YOU Did

One way is to focus on what you did so you can change it.

Focus on what you need to do differently and what you did wrong. This is the only way to learn from your mistakes. Unfortunately, some golfers ignore what happens when they swing the club and, as a result, they never learn. It’s the only way to learn the necessary lessons and make those adjustments.

The easier way out for some golfers is to assume that their equipment is causing their problems. But by doing this, you don’t learn what you need to do to change your swing and, ultimately, the results. The only way to learn these things is by focusing on your performance and yourself.

Keep the Ball on the Face, Not the Club

Almost every golfer I’ve ever taught had a tendency to hit the ball before the club face. In other words, they use too much loft on their clubs. There are two swing keys to correct this:

  • keep the ball on the face, don’t hit before the club face
  • use a margin of error to protect the ball

Figure Out the Goal

The first step in changing a golf swing is to figure out the goal. That sounds like a simple thing to do, but knowing exactly what results you are trying to achieve will help you to more clearly know what to work on to achieve those results.

Your goal could be to reduce your average score by 3 shots a round. Or it might be to increase your distance by 10 yards.

Whatever the goal is, write it down. Setting a written goal is essential in making any real change in your game.

From this point forward, everything you do with your swing should come from this goal, or should be an attempt to reach this goal.

Commit to the Process

In the golf swing, like in most things, the longer you stick with it, the better you’re going to get.

It does take time to make a change and learn a new move. The next time you see your golf pro, remember: the same swing adjustment may take several weeks or even months to really stick.

It’s not uncommon for a new golfer to learn a new swingplane, then have some set back weeks later, then pick some things up, then have some setbacks again, the next time they see him or her.

Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it all right away. As long as you’re trying and dedicated to the process, your progress takes time, but it will happen.

Get a Coach

If you want to make a swing change, you need professional help. There are very few golfer’s that can simply wake up one morning and decide to make a swing change and have it work.

At the minimum, you need to see a professional to review your swing. You need a professional to analyze your swing and provide you with feedback.

Only then can you consider making any swing changes.

Record Your Progress

If a workout has undergone the fitness industry’s scientific scrutiny and is proven to work, it should not be tossed aside when another one pops up. Instead, it’s important to realize that each workout has its own strength and weakness, so you should try to get a balance of both.

You can use a notebook to keep a record of your progress. This will help you in the long run with any new workout or routine. To be effective, you need to mark down the date, the exercise you did and how intensely you worked.

You should also use your imagination a little and be creative in your evaluation. You can mark down your moods, post-workout aches and pains, and anything else that may help you remember your workouts.

Visualize Your Changes

One of the simplest but most powerful lessons in sports psychology is how to train your brain to make better-fit golf swing changes.

You probably already know that your body will do what your brain tells it to do. But here is the really cool part: If you pair the right mental image with the right physical action, your brain cannot help but fire the necessary neurons to make that action seem effortless. That means that by simply thinking about performing a certain movement, you can become a better golfer.

And the best part is that you don’t have to try to remember how to do the new swing: If you can get in the right mental state to simply relax and let the new swing happen, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your physical action and the golf club motion sync up.

So how do you do this? First, you need to find the correct mental image of your golf swing change. Then do all of the following:

Practice on the Range First

Start by spending lots of time hitting balls on the practice range. I’ve spent entire afternoons on the range, putting hundreds of balls in play (and lots of them in the water hazards).

Practice like you play. In other words, set up as you would on the course to be sure you’re making a full golf swing and not a partial swing. Use the right clubs. And don’t rush the process, making sure you’re taking enough time to make a solid swing.

When you have a solid target practice at home, it should help you check out your form. If it’s all good, you can head to the golf course.

Start With the Short Clubs

You should practise your six- or seven-iron shots before trying a driver, even if you are a beginner. This is because if you start out with the driver and fail to get the shot right, your confidence could be shattered and it’s going to be hard to work up the motivation needed for the more difficult shots.

You will also need to check your set-up so that you can get it right before attempting shots with more loft and fading or draw spin. By practising with the short irons first, you can get used to executing the swing motion correctly before you try to make changes in the ball’s trajectory.

Don’t Forget Short Game

A study from the University of Tampa and the University of Turin in Italy was conducted on a group of golfers who practised their full swing while seven other groups practised alternative swing methods.

As a summary of the statement, it was shown that short game and putting training builds a learner’s skills up to a higher level better than training for the golf swing.

Great golfers are come from those who practice the short game and putting enough to lower their handicap. If you lower your handicap to a certain level, your main focus should be to lower your overall scores. You can improve your putting skills, you can improve your stance, you can improve your grip, look at your ball position, and so on. The reason for this is it is easier in those areas to lower your scores than to lower your handicap.

The main thing to remember is that you can’t limit your practice time. Look at the PGA tour. How many practice hours per week do they spend? By doing this, you can make the most of that time when you get out and do your practice

When you first start out working on the short game that’s when players learn the importance of ball position.

Stay Patient and Trust the Process

If you have not played for a while, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of the “feel” swing. You remember how it felt to swing well and find your swing – a swing that feels “just like” your best swing … but a swing that is not repeatable. It never lasts.

You will continue to work with your coach on finding your most repeatable, efficient, powerful swing. To do this, your coach will break down your every action into small components. Then, you will be required to repeat each component until you no longer feel the need to think about it, but rather, it becomes second nature.

You learn to get the feel of the correct golf swing. When you feel the good feelings you associate with that good swing, you are ready to experiment again. Your adjustments will not be a collaboration effort with your coach. The process of self-correction is hoped to be automatic.

Book yourself some lessons with a PGA/LPGA licensed instructor who has been the head of the Junior Golf Development program, is a coach to pros, teaches at a golf academy and is a master coach for FINSTATS.My name is James Rodriquez Jr and I'm a PGA/LPGA-licensed professional with twenty seven years of teaching experience.