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Slow Down Your Downswing and Swinging with your Core!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In last couple weeks, I’ve been working on two things that have helped me tremendously in getting my golf swing more consistent.

First of all, 99% of amateur golfers swing just way too quickly on the downswing.  When you swing so quickly on the way down, you have virtually no chance of squaring correctly other than slapping at the ball with your hands, which 99% of amateurs do anyways.

So, how to fix this problem?

Next time you are on the range, try “slowing down” your downswing.  I don’t be deccellerate.  To feel this, try downswinging at the same speed/pace at you swing back.  Once you get the hang of it, you should be hitting the golf ball more solidly and you should be able to feel it in your hands.

Even on drivers, you don’t need to swing hard or quickly to make the golf ball go far.  If you can square up your clubface to your golf ball exactly in the center of your golf club’s sweetspot, it will go farther and result in more consistent drives, leading to lower scores and longer drives.

Second, you need to feel a “core” in your golf swing.  A lot of old schoolers did this by keeping their head still but this probably isn’t the best advice.

Instead, what I like to do is feel the point between my breasts (yes, that point) and let my arms and hands rotate around that point.  You don’t actually rotate around that point but that is the feeling, that your whole golf swing revolves around a core point.

What this does is keeps your golf swing more in balance and fixes swing flaws like dipping or over-transferring weight.  Also it can fix over-swinging, which is primarily caused also by your body being out of balance.

Try these two tips whether you are a 90s shooter or single-digit handicapper the next time you go out on the range and I am sure you will hit more consistent shots.

And no, don’t try it on the golf course unless you are just out there to practice shots in-between when no one is around.  Tinkering with your golf swing in a round of golf will never do you any good.