Learn How to Improve Your Golf Swing
Join us as John Tattersall, Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor, shares three things for you to help improve your golf game; the foundational principles of what he calls “My Swing Philosophy”.
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1. Control the Face with Grip
First thing is how you grip the golf club. Not really specifically on where your hands place, although I do want you to think about where you're placing your hands on either side of the golf club.
You're trying to apply pressure in the middle of your hands to keep the golf club in a stable position. A lot of times we talk about holding the club lightly - I would say that's said to you by very, very strong people.
So imagine this is more of a vice-like grip, literally, you've got on the golf club. The club head is not going to wander around unless you move it with your hands. I don't want any independent movement with the club head.
So grip the golf club; it's called a grip, grip it. Think more in terms of a vice.
2. Control the Low Point With the Sequence
3. Get Some Speed Into the Motion
So you've got control of the face, that's where you grip the club, and now you’ve got control of where the low point in the swing is; that's making sure you can hit this side of that line. Those are two incredibly important principles of understanding how the golf ball does what it does.
Now we have to create some speed, we have to create some momentum.
What a lot of people do is when they're swinging the golf club, they're trying to be very cautious going in the backswing. They're trying to get the clubs in the right place in the backswing, and then never create enough speed. We know we need to create power on the way through, so people go back too slowly, and then now they're over accelerating in transition.
They didn't create a lot of speed, they just accelerated too much in transition.
So now all their well meaning friends will tell them, “You went too fast.” So now they slow you down even more.
What you're seeing with the best players is a blend of speed in the backswing and a little bit more speed coming down. It looks rhythmical, but unless you're right next to them you don't understand how fast they're actually swinging.
So this time of year when you're not playing a ton of golf, try and get out, make some faster back swings, feel as though you create some momentum. The backswing feels pretty quick, but we're adding just a little bit more speed on the way through. We're not trying to go back slowly and over-accelerate.
The best players in the world have the best match of backswing speed, the downswing speed; that's why it looks rhythmical. Average golfers, they get out there trying to be super cautious, put the club in the right position, and then over accelerate - not good for you, very, very frustrating.
Unfortunately what happens is when you do that, everybody will tell you to slow down which is the wrong thing to do.
So get some speed, have some fun, try and control the face with the grip, try and control the low point with the sequence, and then finally get some speed into the motion.
Practice those three things, keep getting better at them even when it's frustrating, keep getting better at those things. You'll see your ball striking improve, I guarantee.