Relax and Swing Smooth to Improve Your Game

relax to improve your game

In the last post, Golf Swing Tips for Irons to Increase Golf Swing Speed, Shawn Callahan showed you that making a wider arc will have you hitting the ball farther without more effort.

In this post we’ll add to that by talking about relaxing and making a smoother golf swing to improve your game.

I don’t know what it is that makes us want to rip the cover off a golf ball, but every golfer that I talk to, whether it’s men or women, like to put everything they can into hitting that little white ball.

Everybody knows that hitting the ball as hard as you can does not necessarily translate into playing good.

Heck it may not even translate into hitting it farther!

You do know that right?

Sure, swinging away with all you’ve got will certainly help relieve a little stress, but you might want to save that for the driving range.

Everyone has had one of those shots where they’ve swung the golf club nice and easy and yet the ball seemed to rocket off the club, straight down the fairway.

If you want to improve your golf game, you may want to leave a little power in reserve for when you really need it!

Swing Smooth for More Accuracy

One of the most frequent mistakes I see at the driving range, is people swinging the golf club too hard. It feels powerful, but usually doesn’t look all that great.

When you swing too hard you throw yourself out of balance. If you are out of balance, you are not as accurate. And accuracy is the name of the game in golf.

Relax a little when you are swinging.

Take a deep breath just before you swing.

Take your power down just a notch. Narrowing your stance will actually help you turn more with less stress on your lower back. Get rid of as much tension as possible.

By swinging easier you’ll have more control over your center of gravity. This will keep your weight more evenly distributed and give you better balance.

Take the club back smooth without jerking it away from the ball. This helps you focus more on getting the club back into the ball in the same position as you started.

Keep your weight focused more on the balls of your feet. This allows you to make a smoother turn.

Remember, “little effort” doesn’t mean quitting during your swing. A smooth backswing, then a smooth transition to your downswing should be your goal.

Stay loose through impact. Don’t tense up just before making contact with the ball.  If you tense up, you could jerk the club and cause the clubface to not be square at impact.

You want the club head to travel in a nice wide, smooth arc and then straight down the line to make contact with the ball.

The object is to see how centered you can hit the ball in your clubface. Every small increment away from the clubface can make a significant reduction to your distance.

Only use the amount of power that you are able to control. There is a time when power comes into play, but focus less on power and more on accuracy and you’ll find that you hit it further anyway.

Your distance will come from clean clubface contact and correct swing, not how much power that you put into it.

Swing Smooth and Then Bring on Some Heat

Once you’ve smoothed out your swing, you can gradually increase your speed and bring on the heat.

Swinging smooth also allows you to keep your head more still. Keeping your head more still and centered over the ball will get you hitting more solid golf shots.

Keep increasing your swing speed until you feel like you’re starting to get tense again and then back off just a bit. Sooner or later you’ll find that sweet spot between too much and just right.

If you feel like you aren’t making any effort you are probably too slow and if you are out of balance you are probably back to being too fast.

Stay relaxed.

Keep the idea of power out of your head.

Think more along the lines of hitting the ball solid than hitting it hard. That may seem like splitting hairs, but you’ll soon find yourself hitting the ball farther, with more accuracy…

And nothing relieves stress and helps you stay more relaxed than playing your best golf!

As always my friends…Long and straight!


Paul “The Golf Guy” Charron

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Paul "The Golf Guy"

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