Mastering any skill takes a lot of practice and patience, no doubt, but what many tend to overlook the factor that is knowledge. Knowledge or information about what went wrong and how to avoid the flaw will determine how fast you will learn and improve; if this third factor did not exist then you would be repeating the same flaw over and over again without any improvements.
These factors apply to golf as it is a sport that requires precision and capability, this is true because of the fact that you need to hit the ball over a large distance without so many tries. `
Over the Top Golf Swinging
This is one of the first flaws that golfers need to work on, to perform an over the top golf swing simply means your downswing is either too steep or too vertical. The issue that arises because of this is that when you take shots, they end up being pulls, meaning that the ball starts and stays to the left of your intended target, or they end up being slices which means that the ball starts from the left and ends up going to the far right. Your club face determines whether the ball will go for a pull or slice, a square club-face means that it will be a pull and an open club-face means that the ball will go for a slice.
The causes for over the top golf swinging is performing your movements incorrectly; you need to pay attention to your arms, hands, and clubs so that they do not move towards the ball too quickly and instead, they should be going down more so that you could perform a down swing movement.
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A quick fix to this problem is to drop the club and your hands when you are at the top of the back-swing, here are some more tips that can prevent this flaw:
- Leave enough room for a shallow downswing by steepening your backswing;
- Try to get the logo on your glove to point towards the sky at the top of the backswing;
- Hit the quarter of the golf ball that is closer to you;
- Swing to the right field instead of the center or left field;
- Keep the torso and golf club behind during the downswing;
- Drop your hands, arms, and clubhead directly downward at the top of the backswing.
Inside and Outside Golf Swinging
The inside-outside golf swing is two separate problems that are similar but need to be tackled in different ways. These two problems are categorized by inside swing and outside swing issues, which gives them their similarity. Let us talk about the outside swing issue first, which is also known as slicing.
Slicing is a problem that is abundant among new players as they immediately want to hit the ball with full force and do not focus on dipping down or dropping the club when taking the swing path. This happens because the body naturally tries to adjust itself in a neutral position, once you get used to golf, this problem can be alleviated.
However, if you still find yourself struggling from this problem then you need to practice a for a long time to get used to the proper swing. Here are some helpful tips that can improve your swing:
- Focus on the inside quadrant of the ball;
- Swing to the right field instead of the left or center field;
- Keep your shoulders and club behind your during the downswing;
- Pull the leading elbow down and allow it to pull the club with your hands during the start of the downswing;
- Exaggerate a very steep or upright backswing.
Now, let us talk about the exact opposite of the slicing problem, the outside attack on the ball. What separates the outside attack from the inside one is that the ball starts straight but then curves hard to the left during its flight. This problem occurs when the club face is so close to you that the swing path goes from too far in to too far out.
This kind of flaw is difficult to find in amateurs but it is present among experienced golfers because it is hard for a novice to have a swing path that is too close to them. The best way to avoid the inside swing is to learn about and practice hitting slices; a fast way of doing this is to just take shorter swings with an open face club with the ball starting from the left and cutting to the right, here are some tips that might help:
- Focus on the left side more after you hit the ball;
- Hit the outside quarter of the ball;
- Always keep the club in front of you during the downswing;
- Don’t drop your hands or club too much when you start the downswing;
- Make trails with golf balls to practice accuracy.
Topping the Golf Ball
This flaw happens when your swing is a bit too high and the club head hits the top of the ball, this causes the ball to launch headfirst into the ground and roll for a short distance. Again, this problem can be easily fixed by adjusting your position so that your swings hit the ball appropriately, this can be done by “dipping” a bit during the downswing. Dipping downwards or dropping the club during the downswing also allows you to generate a lot of power through your lower body and take amazing shots that travel a great distance. It is also worth mentioning that this problem can occur with a short club, if the club is shorter according to your height or position then it can also cause the face to hit the top of the ball.
Aside from that, here are some fixes that should help with the topping golf ball problem:
- Adjust your posture by bending a bit over from your hips or knees;
- Stay down during the swing;
- Keep your head as steady as possible during the back-swing and downswing.
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