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Golf Instruction - Full Swing

We have professional golf instructors writing lessons to help improve your golf swing. Sometimes we slice, sometimes we hook, and perfecting the golf swing is a life long pursuit. Our golf instructors can help you find what perfect golf swing.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Apr 3, 2014 2:20 PM Full Swing | All Levels
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve taught someone, especially beginners and they bend their left arm in the backswing. This is the most common mistake I see people make in their golf swing and should be the #1 thing focused on because it is the beginning and end of your golf swing. When a player keeps their left arm straight, they are allowing the club to swing on it’s natural plane. This will help the right hand golfer and of course, if you are a lefty- the opposite goes for you!
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Apr 24, 2014 12:40 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
The Pre- Shot Routine is a very important part of your golf game. It is the strike of the match; so to speak, in regards to the way you begin your approach to your golf shot. The pre- shot routine is a great way to calm the nerves and take away some of the thinking that goes into your shot. The reasoning behind this is that you are able to go into autopilot because you do the exact same thing every time you step up to the ball, no matter what the shot. In reaction sports, a pre shot routine is unnecessary but in golf, it is crucial. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to eliminate the nerves, anxiety, and doubt that so often creeps in when stepping up to hit a golf shot. A pre- shot routine allow the body to take control and the mind to take a rest. In golf, the more you can ease the mind, the better you will play! Keep in mind, you can create any routine that makes you the most comfortable, just make sure it is repeated every time. An example of a pre- shot routine from start to finish would go something like this: This is an example if you are standing on the tee box with your driver, and the same goes for any other shot. Tee up your ball. Once you have chosen a good spot for your tee shot, step back behind the ball and look toward to hole/fairway. Choose the line or area you would like to hit your golf shot. Next, take a practice swing or two, visualizing and feeling the same thing you’d like to do with your actual swing. Walk into your shot and set the club down by the ball, take your stance and tilt your head in the direction of the area you’ve chosen. Last step, is pulling the trigger- hit your shot toward the chosen area and your good to go! Doing this pre shot routine or one similar will help you lower your scores and allow you to focus on other parts of your game. It allows the body to go on autopilot and makes the game simpler and fun!
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 8, 2014 6:27 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
 
 
This is one of the greatest golf instructional books of all time that gives insight into the mind and teachings of the golf swing from Ben Hogan. This golf legend shares his ideas of the golf swing and gives instruction on how to build your swing from the ground, up. This was the first book I read and found great inspiration with it. It's easy to understand and gives a complete guideline on developing a strong foundation. Ben Hogan believed n simplicity and that every player could build a foundation and improve. Golf is a game of opposites, so the theory that Hogan explains is that of reversal. He stated, “"Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” Anyone who can sum the golf swing up in 5 steps, must know a little something about golf. Ben Hogan was a genius of the golf game, so this book is a perfect read for the beginner, amateur, and professional. Sometimes simplifying things can make progress move quicker. To learn more: http://www.benhogans5lessons.com/
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 14, 2014 7:32 PM Full Swing | Beginner
If you're a female golfer and trying to figure out why you hit is so short, and ways to create more power- then this is the instructional for you! Five tips to help you drive more power in your swing: 1. Allow room for your arms to hang down naturally in your set up. When you do this, you will allow for a free swing and the power will be able to create momentum. You want to have at least a hand's distance in between your belly and the butt of the grip. 2. Rotate don't Sway! When you are set up to hit your golf shot, be sure to stay still over the ball and rotate around your spine. A tip to help get the feeling of this, is by standing up against the wall with your butt touching it. Bend over like you're going to take your back swing and feel the resistance in comparison of your upper and lower body. Make sense? 3. Swing through the ball, not at it. So many times, I've seen players try to make the club hit the ball. The beautiful thing about the golf club and the swing, is that if you just swing it back and through, most likely, the club will do all of the work for you. Instead of hitting at the ball, keep your head down and think about smoothly swinging through the ball. Easy! 4. It's ok to take a divot! In golf, it's the best to sweep the ball instead of chunking it and gouging the turf. However, when hitting iron shots, it's ok to take a divot because you are compressing the ball and giving it more of an opportunity to go further. It's definitely better to hit it thin (sweep) than to chunk it (dig), but you'll be happy with the shot once you've hit that delicious divot! 5. Save the chicken wings for dinner! Have you ever seen someone hit a golf shot and their right arm (for left-handed players) is flying out in the back swing? Does it look like they may take off and fly away? Chances are they have the "chicken wing" going on in their swing! To avoid this, feel like you are keeping your armpit closed. If you think about keeping the swing tight in the backswing, you will start to see your shots get more consistent too. -
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 22, 2014 9:34 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
Don’t try to hit the ball as hard as you can If you arms tighten, the club will buckle and you will use an all arm swing, causing the ball the be erratic and uncontrolable. Don’t get stuck on your back foot Allow the club to get to impact with the ball and put your energy going forward. If you fall back wards, the club head will thrust through-again, having your arms and hands slap through for uncontrollable golf shot. Return the golf club to where you begin the swing Swing easy and allow your body and arms to do all of the work. Take some practice swings about 50% of your actual swing. This will give you time to feel your swing. Fell the weight load and unload When you take the club back, allow the weigh to load on your backswing side. On the follow through, let the energy unload to the forward leg. Don’t hang back. Swing easy Allow the club to stretch out so you don’t feel stuck. This will allow the club to swing on the correct plane and create freedom and momentum in your swing.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 22, 2014 9:49 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
To increase distance and accuracy of your drives, follow these simple steps: 1. Have repetitive and solid set up. 2. Aim your shoulders, feet, and hips toward your target- all in line with eachother. 3. Tilt your shoulders to the right and relax your muscles. 4. Rotate your body back completely. 5. Keep your arms far away from your body and keep your shoulders parallel to your target. 6. DON'T START YOUR BACKSWING TOO SOON from your backswing. 7. Be patient in your transition to your forward swing 8. Hold your finish and remain balanced. *If you develop a good shot routine and triggers to keep you focused on the basics, there is no doubt that you will start hitting better drives. Good luck and Drive on!
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
May 28, 2014 10:51 AM Full Swing | All Levels
 
 
Have you ever sliced the ball so bad, you want to walk off the tee box or just go home all together? The slice seems to be the most popular miss I’ve seen in golf, especially for beginners. A slice is a golf shot that goes far right because you have a swing flaw that keeps the face of the club wide open. I will describe this in further details below and give you a couple things to work on that may help. The Slice- When the ball curves to the right. The Cause- When the clubface is facing right in relation to the path of the golf swing. You’re swing line can also be redirected to the left with the face open. They are working against each other, creating a missed golf shot. Sometimes, the ball can be too forward in your stance. Make sure it’s in the center. Also, the grip must be working together as a team, the hands facing each other pointing toward the right shoulder. The Effect- A missed golf shot and uncomfortable swing path. The ball has little to no chance once it’s been sliced. If you can control this type of shot, you’re golden! The Cure- Release the club and allow the club to turn over through your swing. You are NOT swinging a baseball bat, so allowing the club to release. If you do this correctly, it allows the clubface to rotate and the ball will follow. Drills are a great way to reinforce this action into your swing. Stand with your feet together and take half swings at 50% of your usual swing speed. Over emphasize the rotation and release the club. Do this 5 times then hit one full regular shot. Then repeat. I think this is a great way to create the straight shots you want to shoot lower scores and feel more confident.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Jun 4, 2014 3:29 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
Fat shot: When the club hits the ground before you hit the golf ball. Reasons why player could hit fat shots: 1. Ball too forward in your stance. 2. Leaving your weight on the back foot and not swinging toward your leading leg. Ways to address the problemo! 1. Take practice swings to where you are brushing the grass. Taking smooth divots will allow you to feel the tempo. 2. Keep your shoulders level and don’t drop at impact. 3. Hit 3 practice swings and one golf ball. Repeat. If you are chunking your chip shots, the leading edge is reaching the ground at too steep of an angle. Try keeping your hands low in the take- away and follow through.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Jun 5, 2014 11:50 AM Full Swing | Beginner
 
 
 
You should have your feet shoulder width apart. Think like an athlete and balance your stance on both feet. Put the weight in the balls of your feet. When you bend down over the ball, you want to make sure your spine is straight, not curved. It is the axis in which you swing your club. It will feel like you’re sticking your butt out. Allow your arms to hang in their natural position and where they come together at your hands, that is the point your grip the golf club. Distance from the ball should be one hand in between the butt of the golf grip and your belt buckle. Alignment of your shoulders and feet will determine the swing plane on which you swing the club and where the ball goes. Make sure your shoulders and feet are lined up in the same direction toward your target. Your posture and stance will remain the same with every club. The driver and woods stance may change a bit with a tilt in your shoulders due to the loft of the club.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Jun 9, 2014 6:41 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
Would you like to hit consistent tee shots instead of hitting the ball all over the map without any idea of which way it will go? Learn to control your shot by developing accuracy, ball shape, and direction. When taking the club back, you want to rotate your clubface back and allow the toe of the club to point to the sky at hip level. After hitting the ball, you want the clubs toe to be pointing the same way. Think about opening and closing a door. Your wrists need to rotate and release through the shot. Rotation is key. Fade Shot To hit a fade, you want to hold your hands off the shot a bit to allow a delayed hit with your clubface. This is a shot that a more advanced player can pull off consistently. A fade shot is good because you will be able to hold greens more consistently and expect more workability from tee to green. Draw Shot To hit a draw, the key is the correct swing plane and the proper release of your club through the shot. Moving the ball around an obstacle is crucial in golf and the draw shot is superb in enabling consistency. Aim fairly straight with your stance, maybe a bit closed. Think about swinging more to the right and close the clubface at impact.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Jun 25, 2014 5:55 PM Full Swing | Beginner
 
Keeping your spine angle in golf is just as important as anything else, if not more. The body should rotate around the spine when hitting shots, not sway. I like to think of myself in a box where the sides are about one inch from my sides. You can also think of yourself having walls on the outside of your body. This will help in visualizing/feeling your body in a more compact position, avoiding the ‘loosey goosey” type swing that attributes to error. The first thing to remember when holding a solid spine angle is that you want to rotate around the spine. What this means, is the shoulders turn back and through with the hips accordingly. If you stand with your butt up against a wall and take a back swing, you will see exactly what I’m describing. Try moving your hips from side to side- this is EXACTLY what NOT to do. That is a sway. The sway is not good for your swing because it takes the body along with the club, away from the ball and it’s very difficult to bring the club back on the proper angle. Keeping the club on the correct line is attributable to the spine angle. Remember that. Rotation is key, and if yours is limited, then try to get more of a shoulder turn. Many people, who don’t have flexibility and good rotation, are more susceptible to swaying because they cannot turn properly. If this is how you feel, then work on getting more shoulder turn, and stretching before and after your round.
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OfficialGolfSmash
(Students 13)
Jun 26, 2014 9:22 AM Full Swing | Beginner
The path of your club is very important and the body should be synchronized together. The most common swing path is the over-the-top move, where people swing outside to in. This will lead to fades, slices, and inconsistent hits. The plane of the shaft should react properly with your hands, and once the club is at the top of the backswing, should come down flatter with the hands coming from the inside, to out. When a player takes the club back inside to out (the slicer), it creates a slappy shot and there is lack of control. The swing plane that is inside to out, will allow for a more free flowing swing and more consistency. When speaking of a flat backswing, this means that as the club is on the downswing, the hands should be level as though you are holding a tray. You don't want to spill the imaginary food off that tray. Make sense? Here's another example. The normal straight shot, is taking it back and through on the same plane and allow the club path to mirror the back and through swing. The steeper you take the club back, the more likely your chances will be in hitting across the line and slicing the ball. You can also change the shaft angle of the plane without changing the club path. A drill that you can do to stop this from happening, is to put a club head cover under your right arm pit. When you take the club back and through, you want to hold that head cover in there as long as possible, allowing it to fall to the ground once you've hit the shot. You can also take the club back, hold it at the top of your back swing for a few seconds, then hit the ball; feeling the control and keeping the path correct. This basically comes down to where your body and arms naturally take the club back, so try to get out of the habit of being perfect, and start to build a solid foundation. Back and through, keeping the club on the correct swing plane.
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