If you would like more detailed swing guides, check out our articles on the golf backswing, downswing and impact position an this article to learn more about strong, weak and neutral golf grips.
The best golf swing tips to improve your game:
- Improve your golf grip for straighter shots
- Use your left hand to control direction
- Refine your golf stance for a better strike
- Hit down on your iron shots to get the ball up
- Master your golf swing
- The ball only cares about impact
- Count to improve your tempo
- Take an extra club and swing smooth
- Allow for your miss
- Pick a clear target
Tip 1: Improve your golf grip for straighter shots
Your golf grip is the one thing that connects the golf club to the rest of your golf swing. How your golf club is positioned at impact is the biggest factor in determining how straight your golf shots fly. Working backwards, your golf grip has the biggest influence over your ability to play great golf.
Below is a simple step-by-step guide to help you check and improve your golf grip. For a full guide check out this article on how to hold a golf club – this is well worth a read if you are serious about improving your golf.
Tip 2: Use your left hand to control direction
Following on from golf tip one – once you have perfected your golf grip you can use the back of your left hand to control your club face and shot direction.
When swinging through golf shots try pointing the back of your left hand to the left of your target. This will help close your club face and draw the ball. Pointing the back of your left hand to the right of your target will open your club face through impact and help you fade the ball.
Many great golfers try to point the back of their left hand to their target for as long as possible after impact. This keeps the club face pointing towards their target and can really aid accuracy.
Tip 3: Refine your golf stance for a better strike
Many golfers struggle to consistently strike the middle of the golf club – this is commonly caused by a poor set-up. A great golf stance places your body in an athletic and balanced position. From here you can freely rotate and maintain your balance throughout the golf swing.
Set up in a balanced, athletic posture, with the ball positioned in the middle of the club face. From here, all you need to do is maintain your balance until the end of your golf swing, to ensure you hit the middle of the club face more often.
To read a detailed article on perfecting your golf stance and posture check out this link.
Tip 4: Hit down on your iron shots to get the ball up
This one concept is the bane of most beginner golfers who think they need to ‘help the ball up into the air’. Great golfers strike down on the ball with their irons and left the loft on the golf club do the work. Golf irons are specifically designed to be used in this way – strike down and let the loft on the golf club help the ball up into the air.