How to Make Your Golf Swing Look Effortless
One frustrating element of watching golf on TV is just how easy the pros make the swing look. As a golfer, you know just how difficult it can be to make a good swing – but the pros just make it look so easy. How do they do it? They still hit the ball 300 yards or more off the tee, but it hardly looks like they are working hard enough for that kind of power. An effortless swing is often the sign of a good player, so learning how to make your swing look easy is a good step towards a lower handicap.
The next time you head to the driving range to work on your game, try the following tips to give your swing that effortless appearance.
- Lighten your grip. Squeezing the club too tightly is a common amateur mistake, and one that can lead to making your swing harder than it should be. On the driving range, work on hitting shots using a lighter grip pressure. While it might be a little uncomfortable at first, you should quickly find that the club builds speed and moves through impact easier when you lighten your grip.
- Use your body for power. This is probably the biggest difference where the pros are able to make the swing look so much easier than most amateurs. Pro golfers use their body rotation to build power naturally, where many amateurs just try to swing their arms as fast as they can. By engaging your core muscles in the swing and making a full turn with your shoulders to get loaded up in the backswing, you can accelerate the club aggressively without looking like you are trying too hard. It is amazing how much speed can be generated when you use your body in the proper sequence.
- Stay within yourself. Be comfortable with how far you hit the ball and don’t try to squeeze an extra few yards out of each swing. It is far more important to make solid contact and hit the ball on your target line than it is to add extra yards that you can’t control easily. Make balance and tempo top priorities in your swing and you should soon start to find that your swing looks more effortless than ever before. Start this process on the driving range, and take it to the course as you get more confident.