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5 top pro tips to perfect your golf swing

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Whether you’re preparing for a tournament or want to improve for your next golfing holiday, here are some top pro tips to improve your swing.

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1. Strengthen the muscles used in a golf swing

More and more pro golfers are using yoga and Pilates to strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility in the spine, hips and shoulders to add power to their swing.

  • Check out this video by director of fitness for the PGA of America, David Donatucci, featuring exercises designed to improve swing rotation
  • Here Ken MacDonald, director of fitness at PGA National demonstrates some key drills to help build up the muscles needed to improve your golf swing.

2. Watch how the pros do it

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Try out tech such as The Zepp.

There may be no substitute for actually getting out on the course but when that’s not possible YouTube can be a great tool in perfecting your swing. Watch some of your golfing heroes and follow the golf analysis provided by PGA golfers to really understand how the professionals get so much power into their swings. Slow it down, watch it frame by frame and you could uncover the secret to the perfect golf swing.

3. Get advice from a PGA pro

No matter how good your game, every golfer has room for improvement so it’s well worth taking a few lessons to let a pro look at your swing and iron out any problems. If you don’t have time for lessons on the green take a look at some of the excellent tutorials available online.

Check out the PGA Digital Golf Academy which offers a range of free video tutorials

4. Video your own golf swing for analysis

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Many pros agree that watching your own golf swing can be one of the most effective routes to improving as it allows you to see what you might be doing wrong, even when it feels right. If, however, you can see the problem but don’t seem able to correct it you might want to consider sending the video off to a golf pro to get their feedback through a service like Golf Channel’s ‘Swing Fix’. Email through your video, select a pro from their extensive list and the pro will take a look and email a video analysis of your swing back to you.

5. Embrace the new tech

Golf pros such as Keegan Bradley are using gadgets like golf swing monitors to get instant feedback on each swing. The Zepp is just such a gadget with a tiny chip which clips to your glove to give you instant swing feedback including 3D swing imaging, club speed, swing plane, tempo, backswing position and hip rotation. Link it up to the app on your smart phone or mobile device and you can watch it back and even compare your swing to the pros!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Faylinn
    February 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    My husband really likes to golf and so I am starting to get into it. However, I’m not that good, but would like to get better. I really like your idea of taking a video of my golf swing so that I can get it analyzed and get some feedback. I never knew that that type of service existed and so I might want to look into it so that I can get better and compete against my husband.

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      Constance Hotels
      June 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Sounds like a good plan! And thanks for sharing. There’s lots of news apps now and ways to analyse a swing better – let’s hope it can work for us all.

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    Meagan
    March 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I never thought Yoga or Pilates could help strengthen the muscles needed for a golf swing. I will have to look at attending those classes at my gym. Also, I really like the idea of using technology to give you advice on your swing. The idea of getting an analysis report immediate sounds good to me. Therefore, I can see what I am doing wrong immediately.

    • Reply
      Constance Hotels
      June 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks for commenting. There’s so much we can do to improve our golf swing isn’t there? Some of it isn’t immediately obvious. Good luck anyway.

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    Anna Weber
    June 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Checkpoints needs to be followed for perfect swing posture. The fist is keeping your shoulders over the knees and knees over the shoulders. Mirrors are great for golf because they give you instant feedback. You can also take dry-erase markers and mark the mirror with specific points of importance. For instance, get setup properly and then have someone mark your head level, a vertical line marking the back of your butt, a vertical line for your knees and a angled line up your spine. These markers will help you practice your routine so that it becomes a perfect habit. It is also a good idea to leave the points there so you can go back to them whenever you need a posture refresh (usually every 2-3 weeks).
    Findmygolfbuddy.com http://bit.ly/1NlPtv7 provides you excellent opportunity to play a round of golf for fun. The aim of FindMyGolfBuddy.com is in “bringing the game to more players and increasing the frequency of play among all golfers.”

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      Constance Hotels
      June 17, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for the tips. We can all use advise in getting our golf swing better!

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