I’ve seen some crazy things on the golf course. Tee shots, in particular, come in all shapes and sizes. Bounces. Cuts. Off-balance fall-backs. None of them are supposed to work, at least by classic golf standards. Yet time and again I see three hundred yard drives and perfect fades, followed by smug looks of satisfaction by players who swing that way all the time. Should I try to emulate them?
Absolutely not. Every golfer has their own swing. Each of those swings should match the personality of the person holding the golf club. We’re not professionals. The guys I play with are out there to have fun. That’s never going to happen if you spend your day worrying about how your swing looks to others.
My intention this morning was to post some really helpful tips on how to improve your golf swing. There’s a video below if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s one of many that I found, all of which told me something different I need to work on. According to the “experts,” I’m swinging my clubs wrong. I don’t see it that way. I’m playing for enjoyment. If I take myself too seriously, I’ll be miserable.
I’m not the best golfer at my club, but I’m certainly not the worst. My game has evolved through practice. Sure, I take tips from others. I even took a few lessons. Neither of those has changed the personality of my golf swing. I’m a little older, a half a step slower, and fairly laid back when I’m playing with the right people. Watch me swing my driver and you’ll see all of those personality traits. That’s golf.
Simple Adjustments to Improve Your Swing
Playing poorly can be frustrating, so I am going to share some helpful tips. Go to the range and practice. That will cut down on the mistakes you make on the golf course. If you’re slicing, try changing the position of your feet. You could have the ball lined up too far forward. You might also want to step into the ball a little bit more. I used to slice because I was too far back from the ball.
I bought a new Callaway Epic Flash driver last year to add distance to my game. In the beginning, all it did was put me in the trees on the right a little further down the fairway. How did I solve that? I went to the driving range and hit several buckets of balls. Purely by accident, I discovered the technique of turning my back foot slightly in. It’s unorthodox, but it straightened out my flight path.
No golf instructor will teach you to do that. Mine suggested I just face further left because my slice was so extreme. That worked for a while, but it’s hard to be consistent when you’re playing the curve. The “pigeon toe,” as I’ve affectionately named it, is more effective for me. It looks pretty strange to anyone watching. I don’t care. I get 250 off the tee with consistent landings in the fairway.
If you’re looking for more traditional tips, check out the following: