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Video:5 Tips to Improve Your Golf Swing

with Todd Kolb

Improving your golf swing is as much about posture as about ball placement. Get some simple tips to improve the overall quality of your golf swing in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:5 Tips to Improve Your Golf Swing

Hey golfers, I'm PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb with About.com.  I'm going to give you five tips on how to help your golf swing.

Improve Your Posture in Your Golf Swing

The key to playing good golf and hitting consistent golf shots is all in the fundamentals. I want to give you five different tips here—five suggestions—that can improve your golf swing and make sure you're headed in the right direction.

The first is posture. When you get set up over a golf ball, I want you to feel like an athlete. The golf swing is a ballistic movement; there's a lot of things going on, and you need to be athletic over the golf ball. What that means is this: your feet are going to be about shoulder width apart with your toes flared out slightly; you're going to have a little bit of knee bend and, most importantly, some bend at the hip joint, with your shoulders back and maintaining good posture. You want to bend at the hip, not round at the shoulders. If you're in a good posture position, it'll help you swing the golf club correctly.

More Tips for Improving Your Golf Swing

The next thing is you want to position the ball in the right spot. When you're hitting an iron and the ball's on the ground, you want to position the ball so it's straight off your lead eye or—for me as a right-handed golfer, my left eye—or sometimes where a logo on a shirt might be. When you're hitting your driver or a fairway wood, you're going to move that ball slightly forward, so it's more off the inside of the left heel.

The next thing we want to do is we want to make sure that we're aimed properly.  You want your feet, your hips, and your shoulders on a line that's parallel left of the target, so your feet, hips and shoulders are aimed slightly left of the target so that at the end of the day, the club head is pointed at the pin or the flagstick.

The next thing is the balance in the golf swing. You want to make sure that you swing the golf club and you're in nice balance and rhythm. So when you complete your golf swing, make sure that you can hold your finish. Hold your finish until your ball comes to rest on the ground; this will tell you that you're in balance. 

The last tip—and probably the most important one or most difficult—is the length of swing. I want you to swing the golf club so that it stops just short of parallel on the backswing. There's no need for the amateur golfer to be swinging the club way past parallel. Make sure the backswing length is just short of parallel. If you do these five things—good posture, good ball position, proper alignment, swing the club in balance, and swing the club at the right length—you'll find that you hit some quality golf shots.  

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