In the Cardiogolf Video Series, available at Cardiogolf.com, you get drills and exercises to help you improve your swing technique and get a great workout at the same time.
Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.
In this drill, watch Karen and Christina Ricci from Golf Survival Guides, demonstrate how taking practice swings with just your front arm only can help you improve your swing technique and develop strength in your upper body.
Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational, you may not have the time to train like an elite athlete, but by simply adding a few swing drills into your daily routine, you can dramatically improve your game. And you don’t have to go to the golf course or driving range, you can do these exercises at home.
In Cardiogolf class, I use short practice clubs to do exercises and swing drills. The club is short for a couple of reasons:
the short club is easy to swing indoors without hitting the walls or ceilings
the clubhead is closer to your hands, so it is easy to monitor the clubface and learn how to square the face at impact
since you are not hitting balls with the short club, there is no judgement of where the ball goes, so you can work on your technique without getting frustrated
the club is lighter than a regular club, so you can learn to swing the club faster to develop clubhead speed
Making practice swings will not only tone your muscle and burn some calories, but the act of swinging over and over again can help you improve your swing technique and improve muscular endurance.
Our practice swings are usually smoother, longer and more on-plane with better tempo than our real swings. As you make practice swings, you can focus on making certain motions to improve technique such as making a fuller shoulder turn, keeping your spine angle throughout the swing and shifting your weight correctly.
As you make practice swings, you can swing faster than you usually do to help you get used to swinging faster to improve clubhead speed. As you make practice swings, you can work on certain moves in your swing without worrying where the ball is going.
A few things to think about while you are making your practice swings…
Look down at where a ball would be and try to simulate hitting a ball as much as possible
Work on your swing fundamentals. Monitor your posture, alignment, ball position and grip to make sure they are correct
Keep your head level throughout your swing
Complete each practice swing by holding your finish for a moment, as if you were watching your ball fly down the fairway
Imagine the perfect golf shot as you swing
Finish in balance
Start each swing from the beginning; don’t swing back and forth continuously
Make each swing as if you were hitting a real shot
A new way to practice: Cardiogolf video series includes drills and exercises to help golfers of all levels improve their swing technique and get some exercise at the same time. Click here to see a New Way to Practice.