All golfers are on a perpetual mission to find anything to improve their golf swings in the pursuit of weekend glory. After all-even the most seasoned players practice the game and try to find ways to improve their scores and to get their swings as perfect as possible. Fortunately, there are so many resources of all varieties that you can use to work on your swing. Power matters but it’s more about what can be done with that power that really is the most important consideration. You also probably know that there are exercises and techniques for improving accuracy. So, weekend warrior of the green – here are three excellent (we think) golf swing tips you can steal and use.

One way to approach your golf swing is to compare it to music. The success of both hinge on a good tempo, steady rhythm, and balance. To build a good piece of music, you need a solid foundation. The foundation of your golf swing is your stance.

Practice hitting golf balls with your feet spread at varying distances to find the best stance. Be sure to try both wide and narrow stances. After a few practice swings, you will find the stance that will become your core stance; the usual is about shoulder width apart. With enough practice you should be able to stride right into it when on the golf course. You will also need to learn how to properly shift your weight throughout the different parts of the golf swing. Even though your right knee is your grounding point, you still need to shift your weight during the swing. Doing this properly will guarantee that you get the most distance and accuracy possible. This isn’t as simple as putting weight on first one foot and then the other. Talking to a pro at your local course is a good way to get help on how you should stand and shift during your swing.

The trunk of the body plus leg muscles will give you the power you want in your swings. Your swing power is not in your arms. Ok? It’s not about how ‘strong’ your arms are. The thought that arms are responsible for power in a swing is understandable, but is is wholly incorrect. In fact, hitting the ball using only your arms and wrists is a good way to hurt yourself. The expert use of body mechanics and movement will give you strength from your body trunk and your legs. Your stance will benefit from it. Your arms and wrists will have protection against injuries. It also helps ensure that you will be able to send the ball quite a ways without having to feel some sort of impact trauma in your arms or in the bones of your wrist.

Yes, golf can seem impossible, but still there are so many people all over the world who love it. What many people don’t understand, however, is that improving your game is a long term commitment. It takes a lot of time and practice to perfect your golf swing. The good news is that there are a lot of things that you can do to help you improve golf swings-yours and the people who play with you.

Jim Lake

www.momentusgolf.org