A Few Swing Thoughts for New Golfers
As spring has just arrived here in the Northeast, it’s time to dust off the golf clubs and head to the local golf range to practice your golf swing. If you have been lucky enough to spend the cold winter months in a warm climate, you probably don’t need any advice on creating “swing thoughts”, but if you’ve been stuck inside for the winter you might need to re-think your process as you approach the tee box.
Here are just a few ideas you might want to ponder. Every player has their own unique method for “warming up” for the new season, but here are just a few swing thoughts you might consider:
- Keep your head still: Many golfers have a tendency to move their head during the swing, which can lead to inconsistent shots. Try to keep your head still throughout the swing, focusing on a fixed point in the distance.
- Make a full shoulder turn: A proper golf swing involves a full turn of the shoulders. Try to turn your left shoulder under your chin on the backswing (for right-handed golfers), and then turn your right shoulder under your chin on the follow-through.
- Keep your weight balanced: It’s important to maintain balance throughout the swing, with your weight evenly distributed between your feet. Avoid leaning too far forward or backward, as this can affect your swing path.
- Take a smooth, controlled swing: Many golfers try to swing too hard, which can lead to poor shots. Focus on making a smooth, controlled swing, with a gradual acceleration through impact.
- Visualize your shot: Before each shot, take a moment to visualize the shot you want to hit. This can help you focus on your target and make a more confident swing.
Remember that these are just a few potential swing thoughts, you might consider. You might find it useful to check in with your local golf pro to “retune” your swing. Having an objective observer can help you develop a swing that works for your individual needs and abilities.