You have been looking forward to playing a round of golf with your buddies all day. You are even considering what it would be like to embark on a professional golf career. You get ready on the first tee, everything set for a perfect day of golf as you bring the club back, ready to impress your friends with a monster drive. Then it happens! You swing with all your might and proceed to drive the ball into the bunker.
There are many things that can go wrong with your golf swing, making you frustrated and destroying your game. Here are just four of the major mistakes that can ruin your golf swing and cause your game to go bad.
1.) Keep your head down?
If you are even remotely thinking about a professional golf career or just want to improve your game so you can play your best game possible, you have to forget about an often repeated tip of keeping your head down.
It turns out that many professionals and trainers are saying that keeping your head down is one of the worst things you can do for your golf swing. You do not need to move it a lot, but learning how you move naturally will help you to improve your swing. For more about how your head moves during your swing, go to: http://www.golfinstruction.com/golf-instruction/quick-tips/tec4.htm.
2.) Your Left Arm Can Ruin your Swing.
For those who are right-handed, not understanding how your left arm moves through the swing can hinder your drive (for left-handed golfers, this applies to the right arm).
Your left or leading arm is responsible for the direction of the ball flight and special attention needs to be paid to how you draw the club back and the angle of your arm at the various positions of the swing. For more details about how the left arm affects your swing, go to: http://www.performbettergolf.com/blog/left-arm-motion-in-swing.
3.) Bad Posture Can Ruin your Swing!
Bad posture is not just about learning to stand straight or keeping your shoulders back. Posture also involves things like proper breathing, digestion and physiological conditioning as well as psychological preparation. Learning proper posture before you swing the club can turn a mediocre drive into one that will get you on your way to a professional golf career.
Being physically fit and getting plenty of exercise will help you with your golf swing immensely. Preparing for a great golf game starts long before you ever get to the first tee.
4.) Take Care of Your Feet!
When you plant your feet to get ready for that awe-inspiring drive, you do not want a sore foot or other ailments keeping you from solid footing. If you’re foot moves out of position during your drive, it can cause the ball to go anywhere but where you want.
It may seem like a small thing, but a successful professional golf career can come down to something as simple as taking care of your feet. Solid footing will give you much more control and distance in your drive.
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