Once you have spent some time on the driving range and feel you are ready to enter an entire golf course, there are several factors to consider.

Golf Tips

Written by: Cken89

Becoming good at golf takes a lot of practice to improve your shot, improve your accuracy, lower your score, and your overall golf game. And with so many drills out there, you might be confused about which one to start with--especially as a beginner. Well, to help you reduce this stress, we have gathered various drills to help you become a better golfer.

So, without wasting time, let's get to it.


1. Best Rotational Drills To Improve Rotational Action In Your Swing

Rotational actions are essential in golfing because they help you create more club speed, improve your curvature control, improve your driving distance, and most importantly, reduce injuries. Therefore, having these drills under your belt can go a long way to help you when golfing.

Each rotational action comprises a backswing and a downswing, and in this section, we will teach you the various drills you need to ensure that you immensely improve your backswing and downswing.

So, if you are struggling with your rotational motion, then these tips might be helpful.

To make this simple, we will take a look at drills to improve your backswing, as well as, drills to improve your downswing.


a.Improving Your Backswing


Getting the perfect backswing isn't as easy as it might seem. How you execute your backswing impacts your whole motion when hitting the ball.


i.Stay Centered

One major problem that beginners face when assuming the backswing is that they sway a lot, and this causes them to have a bad posture, and also, hit their iron on the ground before hitting the ball. This causes you to have less power and less control over your strike, and the key to fixing this issue is to stay centered.

Well, below are some tips to help you stay centered.

  • The first thing to do is to have your normal upright golf stance. 
  • Then, the second step involves you assuming a golf posture or a setup position with the golf ball centered between your legs.
  • Once you assume the posture, I want you to imagine a straight line from your sternum or the middle of your chest to the golf ball.
  • Then swing your body in a motion as though you are to hit the ball. While doing this, ensure that you are body-centered. What we mean by this is that you want to move your shoulders in the swinging motion while ensuring that your upper body and the ball are in line. This means when you fully rotate your body, you want to ensure that the center of your latter shoulder (the lateral head) is in-line with the ball.
  • The goal here is to ensure that your upper body doesn't shift away from that imaginary line to the ball. The problem with swaying away from the imaginary line is that you tend to put so much weight on just one leg (which is the leg you are moving towards), and it is quite difficult for the body to redistribute the weight as you come through to hit the ball after your backswing. When this happens, you will notice that you hit the ground even before you hit the ball.
  • Therefore, you want to practice moving your upper body while ensuring that it doesn't move out of line from the imaginary line to the ball.
  • Another thing we want to highlight here is that you do not want to move only your shoulder. Moving only your shoulder creates a flat shoulder posture or plane. This can greatly affect the effectiveness and efficiency of your downswing motion. So, when rotating, you want to ensure that you are moving your chest together with your shoulders. Such that when you are fully rotated, your latter shoulder should be pointing downwards, and centered to the golf ball.


ii.Thigh and Hips Movement

Thigh and Hips Movement

As much as your upper body movement is important, a perfect backswing motion involves knowing how to move your hips, thighs, arms, chest, and shoulders. And since we have already learned how to rotate our upper body, let's learn how to rotate our lower body.

  • One mistake people make when rotating their upper body is that they rotate their hips before rotating their upper body; well, this is wrong. Doing this causes your knees to bend at an awkward angle and your latter shoulder to dip way down. And when this happens, you do not get to strike the ball effectively.

  • Well, fixing this is simple; all you need to do is to make sure that you move your chest together with your shoulders first before moving your hips. Also, when moving your hips, ensure that you rotate your hips to an angle of about 45 degrees. This will cause your shoulder to point downward and be centered perfectly,


iii.Your Hands

Golf hands and wrist

The last step to having the perfect backswing involves the posture of your hands and wrist. Adjusting the hand properly is one thing that beginners find difficult.

The truth is power is generated from the arm; therefore, if you do not have the right arm posture and movement, you will strike the ball with way less effectiveness and power.

 Here are some tips to help you get the perfect hand posture when assuming the backswing position:

  • The first thing you want to do is to assume the setup position and then place the clubhead on the ball.

  • Next, you want to go back until your hands are fully stretched out with the clubhead still touching the ball.

  • The next thing to do is to raise your hand (while it is fully stretched out) until it is leveled with your shoulder.

  • Then you want to twist your club to make it perpendicular to the hand or arm.

  • After this, assume the backswing position with all the tips we have shared above.

  • As you swing, ensure that your arms are fully stretched out while your wrist, together with the club is perpendicular to the arm. Or ensure that your club is at a 90-degree angle to the arm.

  • So, with this, you want to do this while you are in the setup position, you want to twist your forearm and wrist such that the club is perpendicular to the arm before you rotate your upper body and hips.

  • Also, as you complete your backswing, you want to make sure that your latter arm (the left arm) is still straight, while your right arm bends to about 90 degrees or a little bit above 90 degrees.

For Those Who might Be Rigid And Can't Turn Fully:


If you feel a bit tight or rigid such that you cannot rotate your body fully, then here are a few tips for you:

  • The first thing you want to do is to assume your set-up position, and then open up your right foot a little bit (about 30 degrees more) to the right side while your left leg assumes the initial position. 

  • Alternatively, you can flare up your legs in the set-up position, and as you rotate to the right, you want to ensure that you lift the heels of your left leg, with the toes still centered on the ground.

These two tips should help you immensely execute the rotation motion.


How To Practice The Above Positions:

Combining these three body motions will ensure that you have a perfect backswing motion. A good way to practice this is to combine all three body movements and then practice the above motion ten times without hitting the ball. You want to do it until you get the perfect posture, and on the 11th try, you can try hitting the ball.

We recommend that you practice the upper body and thigh and legs movement without having to swing the club. Practice it with the club placed horizontally on your chest, and cross out your two hands to hold the club in position. Then you want to practice the first two movements ten times for five different sets.

Once you get the upper and lower body movement right, you want to then practice your hand posture together with the other upper and lower body movement. When practicing the hand movement, you want to ensure that you are using the club and practicing as if you are about to take a hit at the ball without actually striking the ball. Just as you will with the body movement, practice the hand movement together with the body movement tens times for five different sets.


b.Improving Your DownSwing

Once you have your backswing motion figured out, the next thing to worry about is your downswing position. While the backswing helps you gather power, the downswing determines your speed and precision. Therefore, you must know how to position your body to ensure that you have the right posture to execute the perfect downswing motion.

So, these tips should help you:

i.Have A Good Lateral Movement
golf  Lateral Movement

One essential element that can help you get the perfect downswing motion is to ensure that your lower body has a good lateral movement. With this, you might need an alignment stick that helps you with your lateral movement.

All you need to do is to set up the alignment stick vertically and about an inch from your left leg. Then you want to practice having some lateral movement towards the target and the alignment stick. What this means is that you want to move only your hips and pelvis laterally towards the alignment stick.

You do not want to move with your leg, since that might get you off balance; just move your pelvis laterally towards the stick and your legs and upper should follow easily.

In addition, you want to make sure that you do not move your hips and pelvis to surpass the alignment stick because this can make it difficult to rotate your body or in rare cases, cause an injury. You want to make sure that your hip moves until it is about an inch from touching the alignment stick.

ii.Your Upper Body Rotation
Upper Body Rotation

Well, you need to also ensure that your upper body rotates effortlessly as you assume the downswing motion. To do this, you want to make sure that your upper body swings facing the target just as you execute the hip movement.

Also, as you turn to the left side to hit the ball, just before impact, you want to make sure that you lift your right heel with the toes centered on the ground to help you rotate fully.

iii.Your Arm and Hand Movement
Golf hands and wrist

One thing that prevents people from executing the perfect downswing is their arm and hand position. Often, you will find their hand and arms at awkward angles or positions which prevents them from getting the perfect strike. This is why you must get the right angle and position for your arms and hands to ensure that you are hitting the ball with maximum effectiveness.

To have the correct hand position, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • The most important element is the trailing arm when you are recovering from the backswing position to the downswing position.

  • Well, when trying to execute the downswing, you want to ensure that you are maintaining the trail arm position you had when you assumed during the backswing position.

  • This means once you are about to assume the downswing (after moving your hip laterally towards the target), you want to ensure that your elbow is dipped and pointing towards your pelvis. Most beginner golfers have their elbow pointing away from their waist or pelvis, and then pointing towards the field; this position isn't effective.

  • Therefore, you want to make sure that your trailing hand has its elbow pointing towards the waist.

  • Then when you are about to strike the ball or at impact, you want to make sure that your right and left arms are fully stretched out. Alternatively, you can keep your right hand's elbow pointing towards your hip as you strike the ball.

  • A good way to practice this is to ensure that you have your left hand holding your elbow in place as you transition from the backswing motion to the downswing motion.


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