Great Golf with a Strong Swing

By: Farrell Harber

You have the whitest shoes, the priciest clubs, and the most advanced golf balls. But at the end of the day, it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing.

The key to a great golf game is having a consistent and reliable swing. A good swing will not only save your game, it can also save face at the course. The first tee is the most important, because everyone is watching you. If you start off with a lousy swing and miss the ball or send it careening off course, you're bound to be embarrassed. That's why it is so important that you devote the time to practice your swing.

Buying all of the right equipment and reading stacks of golfing books and magazines means nothing if you have a poor swing. In order to make it as a golfer you need to look and act like a golfer. You won't learn how to swing a golf club overnight, so don't let yourself get too frustrated. Practice as often as you can. Many golfers have been practicing for years with the utmost dedication and observation before becoming comfortable with their swings. Even pro golfers don't make a perfect drive every time.

If you're like most golfers, you're probably on the right track in your initial approach. The trouble with most golfers, though, is that they tend to stray by suddenly changing their stance or losing their grip.

The first step to learning how to swing a golf club is finding a club that feels good to you. You need to have the right grip, and the length of your club must be perfect. Make sure that you're relaxed while approaching the tee. Don't tense up. When you feel calm, you are ready to take your stance. If the position of your body isn't just right, you'll have a poor back swing, a poor downswing and a poor follow through. Basically, stance is everything in performing a great swing. Keep your body strong throughout the back swing, downswing and follow through. Practice is the key to a becoming a great golfer.

When you're ready to swing, take the club and raise it to the proper height in the backswing. As you swing downward, you'll be in the downswing position. This is when you'll hit the ball. Finally, complete your follow through or you will send the ball off-course. It can get costly to replace box after box of golf balls, but practicing your swing will help to keep those balls on the green.

If you need extra help with your swing, you can rent instructional videos or DVDs, or you can hire a professional instructor. Taking lessons can be expensive, but the one-on-one instruction and hands-on experience is usually worth the money. If cash is a concern, it's probably best to just get out on the course and practice. Visit a driving range and practice your swing by driving a few buckets of balls. Use trial and error to perfect your swing.

The big difference between good golfers and great golfers is usually found in the swing. By practicing your swing, you'll be surprised at how quickly your game can improve.

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Contributor Farrell Harber enjoys writing for several popular web sites, on ultimate hobby and sports clubs subjects.
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