10 ways to improve your game without changing your golf swing Keep the ball on the ground around the greens. Know when to play defense. Have a favorite club (and use it) Always hit diagonally into wind. Know both your carry and total yardages. Lean on technology. Shift your expectations. Calibrate your short game.
In his book, My Golden Lessons, Nicklaus says the key mistake amateur golfers make is trying to swing too hard and too quickly. Even Butch Harmon has written that golfers should “make a conscious effort to swing at 75 percent of your maximum speed.”
The motion you want off the ball is a pushing back movement by the left hand (pictured above). This creates a basically straight start to the swing and wide extension. It also gets the left shoulder turning back so the upper body starts to coil against a stable lower body.
Among other things, the club should rest flat behind the ball. It should be held by the golfer with hands flowing straight down from the shoulders. The knees should be comfortably bent and the upper body tilted forward and straight. The right hand being lower than the left will put the shoulders on an upward slope.
If you’re not hitting it 2.5 to 2.7 times your clubhead speed , you need a better-fitting driver , a lesson, or both. This means if your swing speed is 75 miles per hour, you have the potential to hit your drive at least 185 yards. If your swing speed is 100 mph, your distance potential could be as high as 270 yards.
These ‘ hard ‘ balls are covered in either Surlyn, a specialty plastic or a similar kind of material. The firmer feel of the golf ball does produce more distance to a player’ game but will also not be as easily controlled as a softer ball .
Place the butt of the club on the tip of your thumb. That space — from the top of your thumb to your belt buckle — represents how far your body should be from the end of the club. From that position you can simply place the club on the ground behind the ball to achieve the proper stance.