So you want to learn how to get a consistent golf swing? What golfer doesn’t? Swinging inconsistencies are one of the big problem areas many golfers find themselves desperately trying to remedy.
The only way to learn the art of swinging with consistency is to open your mind to learning some practical tips and then put them to use.
You cannot keep doing what you are doing otherwise you will keep getting the same results. So if you want your golf swing nightmare to become a distant memory, keep on reading…
- Tip 1 – Balance, Don’t Leave Home Without It!
Balance is key if you want to learn how to get a consistent golf swing. You may think you are swinging in a balanced way but if you focused exclusively on your balance next time you swing, you may be surprised at what you discover. Many golfers swing in a totally unbalanced way and don’t even realize it.
To correct issues with balance make sure you always use a smooth tempo and never rush your swing otherwise you will lose balance which will result in poor ball flight. Great players often have a swing that looks effortless and this is because they use the correct weight distribution and stay balanced before, during, and after their swing.
When you are getting yourself set for a swing make sure the weight is evenly distributed between both feet. At the top of the backswing roughly 75% of your weight should be on the back foot and 25% on the front foot, then on impact roughly 75% of your weight should be shifted to the front foot. Then on the finish about 90% of your weight should be on the front foot.
- Tip 2 – Program Your Mind
Golf may look like it is a physical game but so much of it is based on psychology and cultivating a successful mindset. If you are about to swing you club and the voice in your head starts talking negatively or you start picturing yourself doing things wrong, then you are going to deliver a poor shot.
Don’t let you mind do what it wants to do, grab control of it! Replace the negative thoughts with positive ones such as “I am an amazing golfer and I have a consistent and effective swing”. Also remember times when you performed the perfect swing and replay these memories over and over again. This will help program your mind to swing consistently.
- Tip 3 – Swing With The Right Tempo
Swinging tempo is very important, you need to have your rhythm perfected otherwise you will lose balance and become sloppy. Remember these swinging tempo mantras; “slow back, fast forward” and “swing easy, hit hard”.
Your tempo must stay consistent regardless of the type of shot you are attempting. While practicing and learning how to get a consistent golf swing, experiment by trying to find your ideal tempo by hitting the ball gently and then hitting it as hard as you can. Keep doing this until you can swing consistently with power and balance. Although in theory it sounds good to hit the ball as hard as possible, often this will only cause issues with hooking and slicing the ball. So keep experimenting until you find the sweet spot.
- Tip 4 – Got Grip?
The grip is the only contact you have with the club and the ball, so it will influence your ability to swing effectively and hit the ball farther and straighter. There are three main golf grips to consider; the interlocking grip, the overlapping grip, and the baseball grip.
I will not go into detail about each one of these as I have done so in other articles but I will give you a few pointers. If you are a complete beginner you will most likely have weaker arm and wrist strength so it is best to stick with the baseball grip until your strength improves and then move to the interlocking grip or the overlapping grip.
The grip I would recommended for individuals that want to learn how to get a consistent golf swing and have the necessary arm and wrist strength is the interlocking grip. It can create the most leverage and deliver the greatest amount of power, so ultimately you may want to consider adopting this grip in the future, if you haven’t already.