The Six Key Mistakes That Most Amateur Golfers Make

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You’ve got one week before the big golf outing and this year you want to make a big splash by playing the best golf of your life. Here are six key components of the golf swing that you should avoid in order to maximize your efforts in preparation for the big event.

  1. Gripping the golf club too tight – Tension in the golf swing is a serious impediment to creating a smooth, rhythmic swing that can naturally produce an impactful release of the club head through impact.
  2. Standing too far or too close to the ball at address – Whether your reaching too far or jamming yourself inside, it’s essential to make sure that your stance begins with your arms hanging freely down while gripping the club.
  3. Swaying instead of rotating during your backswing – Nothing removes a consistent ball position at impact than a sway that takes your center of gravity back and forth while making it extremely difficult for you to match your setup with the point of impact.
  4. Swinging the club with your arms instead rotating your body – The rotation of your chest and shoulders leading down to your hips helps generate the power and consistency of your golf swing while swinging the golf club with your arms virtually prohibits your core from performing effectively.
  5. Failing to begin the downswing by clearing your hips through the target – Reaching a fundamentally sound position at the top of your backswing can easily erased with an inefficient downswing that must be controlled initially by the rotation of the hips toward the target.
  6. Raising or lowering your head by altering your spine angle during the swing – Maintaining your spine angle throughout the swing provides the key point of the pendulum. Move this pendulum point and it’s anybody’s guess where your club will end up at impact.

  7. As with most every golf swing tip, repetition is essential as it’s the best way to rapidly create positive muscle memory. Once your mind and muscles can experience what the right way feels like, your performance will improve drastically. So practice each of these golf tips and watch your scores drop.

Remember Your Winning Swing Thoughts

 

Whether you’re playing 9 or 18 holes, there are many peaks and valleys throughout the course of a round. Completing even nine holes without even some moderate form of adversity is next to impossible for me. This was certainly the case for me last week during a 9-hole round.

The first seven holes went smoothly with a single swing thought guiding my process quite effectively. For me, having just one swing thought is optimal, but definitely not the norm. Most of the time I’m playing a delicate balancing act in my mind with at least two or three different golf swing thoughts before and during the swing.

On this day, my only thought for the full swing was to start my backswing slowly. My putting swing thought was just to keep my head down through impact. In fact, I used Steve Flesch’s putting tip to remind myself to stay down during and after the swing.

Unfortunately, my thinking and performance came unglued on the eighth hole when I forgot both swing thoughts. Both my approach and putts were errantly guided without my trusty swing thoughts that worked for the previous 90 minutes and I limped home on the final two holes.

The main lesson that this disappointing round taught me was how easy it is to forget what you’ve been concentrating on. There are countless distractions on a golf course which make it quite easy to forget your positive swing thoughts minutes after hitting a great shot.

In an effort to assist golfers in the golf psychology struggle, GolfAid.com will be introducing some new ideas that you can take to the course in the very near future. Not having good fundamentals or good rhythm is one thing, but simply forgetting what we’ve been thinking has to be preventable.