2012-03-23 / Sports

Helpful Golf Instruction Tips For All Levels

By Joel Garyn U.S.G.T.F. Golf Professional

We have reached the point in the swing that will show if your back swing-forward swing and impact position were on plane to bring you to a complete high finish over your left shoulder and weight onto your left foot and belt buckle facing your target.

The finish position is just as important a position to achieve in the golf swing as your set-up, so this article will be a very useful tip. Even though the ball is already on the way to the target, achieving a good balanced finish position will create consistency within the strike of your golf shots and your golf swing.

Your finish position can tell you a lot about the rest of your golf swing. If your golf swing is over-mechanical and lacking fluidity it will be reflected in an offbalanced follow through. If this describes you, try to get the feeling that you are hitting through the ball to a finish position. The swing does not stop at impact. If your swing does, your follow through will be abbreviated and off-balance.

If your finish has the club below and past your left shoulder your swing plane is too FLAT. If the club finishes high over your left shoulder your swing is most likely on the right plane. Make sure your hips have completely rotated and your body is facing your target. If you slide your hips forward (laterally) in your downswing rather than letting them rotate naturally to lead the club to a finish, your follow through will probably be too high resulting in push slices to duck hooks.

Allow your hips to unwind the coil you created in your back swing allowing you to finish your swing with the club high over your left shoulder with your body facing the target. The proper rotation of the hips or lower body and the momentum of the swing should transfer your weight to your left side.

Here is a great drill that will help: address the ball and instead of swinging the club back as you would normally, swing the club forward to your finish position. Hold that position for 15 seconds. Try to get a feel for what a good finish feels like. Do this drill over and over until the correct finish feels natural. In closing – no one has become an accomplished player without practice. Practice however, does not make perfect; it makes permanent. So, what you practice is critical to your success. Have a wonderful week and next week we will start with short game set up at address and ball position.Call Joel Garyn for private lessons at 718-253- 6816 or 1-347-404-3751.

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