Remember that last swing thought you had before the winter that really seemed to work on most shots? Or if you’re like most golfers, the last 10 swing thoughts that worked…
To get back into the season, these are my 3 keys to get the most out of your game early in the season (without taking a lesson):
1. Keep it simple!
Dumb it down a little or in some cases, a lot. Use your most valuable swing thoughts (collect 2-4), and alternate swings thinking about 1-2 (max) swing thoughts per swing. Odds are your swing is a little quick to hit from the top, or you have lost your tempo. Work with a metronome (around 40-50 bpm is a good swing tempo) and smooth out your swing.
2. Get rid of the moving parts!
Stabilize your lower body, turn your upper body, and minimize your wrist hinge in the backswing to start. Then little by little, add some lag (cocking of the wrists in the downswing/maintaining the angle between your left wrist and the club shaft for as long as possible). Find a happy medium or what seems to work best concerning the amount of lag.
3. Work on your SHORT GAME!
Working on the short game (chipping, pitching, and putting) is the fastest, and easiest way to improve your game. It is also the first thing to go after a little time off from the game, that is, your touch and feel on and around the greens. So during your first couple rounds of the year, drop some balls around the greens (if you have time) and work on hitting certain targets, putts from 3-10 feet around the hole, or even chipping balls on the tee boxes.
Use these three tips, and I can almost guarantee you’ll improve and see your scores drop quicker!
Look out for my YouTube Lesson Series coming this Summer!
Michael Midgette, PGA
GOLF ACADEMY SWING TIPS