2012-06-08 / Sports

Joel Garyn’s Weekly Golf Tips

Almost without exception, good players finish their swing with a distinctive follow-through position. It’s almost like an artist signing his/her name to a finished painting.

Of course what determines the quality of the finish is determined by what precedes it. So it is necessary that you at least have an awareness of where you need to get to if you want to stand a chance of making a good swing.

A poor follow-through is the result of a restricted body motion, coupled with a decelerating club head. Such a position often stems from a player’s tendency to guide – or “steer” – the club head through impact, as opposed to freely releasing the club in the down swing and “letting it all go.“ This fault is an example of a player who finishes his swing with too much of his body weight remaining on his right side, and the club is stuck up in the air.

To help you make your finish picture perfect the following should be of great help if practiced.

To fully finish your swing, the right side of your body must be encouraged to rotate all the way through the shot so that you end up with the majority of your weight on your left side and your right foot up on its toes.

Ideally, your knees should be gently touching, your hips fully turned, and your right shoulder looking at the target. When you make a practice swing accelerate through the shot so far that the club almost hits you on the back then recoil it back down to about hipheight, and hold that pose for a second! I am almost sure you will then be looking good.

The recoil action will make you fully aware of how the club must accelerate and “release” all the way to the finish. Once you feel comfortable try it with the ball in front of you. Your swing may not be a masterpiece, but your shots should definitely improve.

Just one other tip to help you accelerate through to a proper finish – at address back swing and follow through, have your right thumb nail finish the swing by your left ear!

Good golfing and remember, practice does not make perfect – it makes permanent.

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