How to Develop a Good Tension-Free Swing in Golf
Tension is the enemy of every golfer. Playing good golf requires swings that are free of tension, so the body can rotate smoothly toward the target and propel the club with maximum speed. When you have tension enter into your swing – usually in your arms or shoulders – your swing will slow down and become less consistent. Much of your focus while you are working on your swing at the driving range should be on taking the tension out of your swing and letting your natural ability show through. Once you are prepared and confident in your technique, your job is to relax and just let it happen.
Try the following mental tips to take the tension out of your game –
- Stick to your pre-shot routine. You should already have a pre-shot routine in your game, and you should develop one quickly if you don’t. With a pre-shot routine, you can engage your mind in the process of hitting a good shot and forget about all of the things that could go wrong. A good pre-shot routine will make you comfortable before every shot and help you to focus on the one or two things you need to do in your swing to hit a good shot.
- Enjoy the game. It is hard to be tense when you are having fun – those two things don’t go hand in hand. Make sure you are enjoying yourself on the course and having fun spending time outdoors playing a game that you love. With this kind of mindset in place when you arrive at the first tee, you will find far less tension coming into your game during the round. Not only will this approach help you play better, it will also keep you motivated to play more and more golf because you are having so much fun.
- Believe in yourself. Tension typically comes into your swing when you start to doubt your ability and second guess the shots you are trying to hit. Confident golfers rarely get tense because they believe that they are going to hit good shots – so there is nothing to be nervous about. Expect good results from your game and you will be able to play up to your ability without worrying about the tension coming into your game at exactly the wrong time. Spend time on the practice tee to earn your confidence, and then put it to use on the course.