I thought I would give a shout out to all the women golfers (I am one). I have been doing some research on some easy techniques and tips to improve our swing. If we improve our swing and have a good putting game, we at least will lower our scores. Personally I am looking for new techniques, drills that will help me with my game in any way I can. This is why I am going to share what I have found with all of you, to maybe help with your game as it has helped me with mine.
How Important Is A Practice Swing
Some golfers say that the practice swing is not that important, well to these golfers who say this. I have one question, is your swing and other parts of your game perfect, is then I guess it works for you not to have a practice swing before you hit the ball for real. I am constantly on the range practicing my swing, focusing on certain aspects of it, such as my stance, swing speed, and followed through for the most part, so that when I am on the course, my muscle memory will remember the swing and I should perform it well.
If I do not take a practice swing it never failed, I would either top the ball or not have followed through so that the shot would spray right. You guessed it, I would slice the ball every time. I am not saying that I did not slice the ball or duff the ball when I took a practice swing, but 95% of the time, I hit the ball with good contact.
The practice swing is a rehearsal for the best possible shot, and if you choose not to do a practice swing, you leave yourself open to inconsistencies in your swing, which of course will result in higher scores.
The best practice shots are done in the same way that you would swing for the real shot. This is taking a swing and lightly brushing the grass and posing at the end of your followed through. This is all done next to the ball on the fairway or tee (if it is your drive). If this does not feel right, then do it again and again til it does.
Chipping It Close/Females
If swinging right-handed, your weight should be on the left side of your body, leaning into the shot with your wrists out in front, this will create a descending blow upon impact. Your arms should be relaxed while choking down about an inch on the grip of the club. Your stance should be narrow with the legs very quiet and comfortable. The ball will be placed in the middle of your stance to your comfort level of stretch. Then everything that we have learned, just swing away with the impact to the ball being at the bottom of your swing, keeping the triangle shape with the shoulders and hands for more consistent, true shot, Follow through should be smooth and end up facing your hips towards the target. These tips for the perfect chip shot into the green.
The Faulty Golf Swing
I would like to go through some swing faults and why and how we do them, and of course how to correct them.
I guess I want to mention first that conditioning is key to making good and great golf swings, so strengthening our core, flexibility, and having a good stance is where we should start, now lets take a look at a faulty swing that is more popular with women than men.
The sway and slide is a symptom that the hips are not working properly with your swing. What this means is that when swinging back the hips will have a swaying motion and when coming through the swing if your swing has a slide motion this is called the sway and slide motion of your hips. This will also create power leaks in your swing, which results in power left unused. The sway and slide also allows a lot of room for error, especially the control of the swing, which will lead to miss hits every time.
Now lets take a look on how to perform a swing the correct way. First lets practice a quick drill to work on. Using your hips and turning them forward without using the legs, first the left leg, then the right, this is the approach of the swing for a right-handed golfer. Of course do the opposite way for a left-handed golfer. For this drill you could also (having no club in hand) put your hands and arms across your chest, while crossing them, and practice rotating your shoulders, without moving your hips. These are two simple drills that will help strengthen your core muscles and flexibility.
After getting this practice down, it is time to use it with a club and ball on the range, hopefully this will get rid of the sway and slide swing we had before.
Creating The Perfect Swing To Drive The Ball
Everyone wants to hit their drive straighter and farther, being women we are no different, when you hit a good drive, it takes off the pressure on your second (fairway) shot and short game, which ultimately leads to lower scores.
We want to minimize your side spin and your back spin, by creating more top spin on the ball. In order to do this we will have to swing through the ball to create top spin, which is key to hitting the drive longer and straighter, this is called driver downswing.
Let’s compare, when hitting iron shots, you want to hit down on the swing impact to get the lift in the club, which will make the ball stop quicker (hopefully on the green) and have little run on the ball.
The driver is the only club that you get to tee the ball up, which will create an up spin on the ball if hit appropriately. All of your iron shots, you’re hitting down on the ball, when hitting your driver we will want to do things a little differently.
While swinging back with your driver, you will switch weight on back foot at about 10-20%, then hold it for a second or so, before throwing the club forward until impact with the ball, then the weight will transfer to your front foot, and hips turned at target. You should get the results you are looking for. This swing really works well for me and I suggest everyone give it a try on the range takes a strong core, relaxed arms, without relaxing your fingers to hang onto the club through swing. Do not let your body or hands get out in front of you and when taking your practice swing, listen for a swoosh sound.
Women and men have the same golf swing except for the sway and slide that some women have naturally in their swing. This can be fixed if you just practice some tips listed above. Women also need to work on our core strength and flexibility in order to get a better golf swing and to perform the perfect golf swing. All the thing that I have learned here, the one that sticks out is, Practice, Practice, Practice.