Practicing at the range is good, but if you have a swing fault, then instead of improving your swing with more repetitions, you just end up ingraining the swing fault more into your swing.
Backswing Drill without Club
In Cardiogolf, you’ll be doing a battery of exercises designed to improve your body movement and swing technique. Consistently, repeating golf swing exercises without hitting a ball can accelerate your improvement on the golf course. Without the judgment of where the ball is going, you can repeat the correct swing motion until it is ingrained into your memory and then the motion will be comfortable and natural on the golf course.
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A slice (when the ball curves left to right for a right-handed golfer), in golf, is one of the most common swing ailments. The slice most commonly occurs when the clubface is open relative to the swing path and/or when the swing follows an “out to in” or “over the top” swing path. The shoulders are open to the target line at the moment of impact as in the photo to the far left.
Many times a slicer opens up the shoulders too quickly on the downswing causing the clubhead to tip over and cut across the intended target line. This path, of ‘outside to in’, combined with an open clubface at impact will cause the ball to spin from left to right.
To counter this move, try hitting some shots with a closed stance.
Place a club or alignment stick on the ground to represent your target line.
Set up to hit a normal shot where your stance is ‘square’ to the target line as in the middle photo.
Slide your right foot back, so that the toe of the right foot is in line with the heel of the left foot (for the right-handed golfer), thus closing your stance, as in the far right photo.
Swing normally and hit a shot.
Closing your stance will do a couple of things:
It will help you create a more powerful turn.
A closed stance will help the club path to stay more on line or even a little inside the line so that you can rotate the clubface through impact and hit a shot with more ‘right to left’ spin.
Off-Course Golf Fitness Tip-Neck Rotators
Neck Side Flexion
The Side Neck Flexion exercise will improve range of motion in your neck and shoulder area.
Stand or sit on an exercise ball or chair with straight posture.
Slowly side bend your neck to the right bringing your ear toward your shoulder as far as you can, hold position for a moment and return to the start position
Repeat motion on opposite side.
Alternate bending your neck side to side for 8 to 10 repetitions on both sides.
If you top shots, most likely you are standing up as you strike the ball. Ideally, you want to keep the same angle your torso and legs formed at address position the same throughout your swing. Many high-handicappers stand up (straighten their legs or lift their torsos) as the they strike the ball resulting in an array of bad shots including thin and topped shots, pulls and slices. If you take a look at professionals, you will see that they keep their spine angle through out their swing and even many squat down as they strike the ball.
Off-Course Golf Fitness Tip-Spinal Rotators
The Spinal Rotators exercise can facilitate a more effective turn and help you increase clubhead speed for more distance.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms straight out to the side as shown.
Slowly lower your legs to one side, trying to touch the ground with your bottom knee and hold position for 8 to 10 counts.
Try to keep both shoulders flat on the floor. Don’t let your shoulders raise off the ground.
Return to the start position and repeat on the opposite side.
Alternate rotating bent legs from side to side for 8 to 10 repetitions on both sides.
The challenge is straightforward-simply make 1000 practice swings, 30 swings a day, during the month to improve your swing technique and increase clubhead speed. You don’t need to go to the driving range or golf course, you can simply make practice swings in your garage or living room at home a few minutes a day (just make sure that you don’t whack the ceiling or walls!)
Off-Course Fitness Tip-One Leg Standing Balance Test: Test balance and stability
This test measures your ability to stay balanced throughout your golf swing. If you are unable to perform this test, it is likely you will have difficulty holding a balanced finish and will be limited in the amount of force you can apply to the golf ball while maintaining good fundamentals.
On-Course Golf Tip-Quick Alignment Check
If you have a hard time aligning yourself up on the golf course, try this quick alignment check to assure you are aiming at your target.
Aim down your target line.
In your set up position, stay in your posture and simply point your front arm out as shown.
Your front arm should point parallel to your target line, not at your target.
If it is pointing directly at your target or any other direction except for parallel to target line, then you need to adjust your set up until you are aligned correctly.