Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tips to Improve Consistency in Your #Golf Game

I recently came across a Golf Digest post, "2017 New Year's resolutions for five of golf's brightest stars", from Dustin Johnson to Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. These resolutions were not made by the golfer but more of a cynical look at what these pros will have to do to maintain their status on the PGA Tour.

The blog noted that DJ will have to be "more consistent on Saturdays and Sundays." After this week's year-opening SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort. a sixth place finish for Dustin Johnson shows that he is on track for another great year.

Consistency is something that professional golfers need durig four rounds each week; for the average golfer, we only have to keep it together for eighteen holes, maybe once per week.

How do you stay consistent during eighteen holes of golf? Consistency is meant for all areas of your golf game, from consistent ball contact to a more consistent golf swing. Playing with consistency throughout your round...dependably, reliably...is probably the most important fundamental in golf.

Here are a few tips to help you gain consistency from tee to green in 2017:

1. Stretching and Fitness: You can't get around it; you have to be fit for golf. Walking eighteen holes is a terrific way to stay in shape but you have to be able to do it without feeling tired or the walk will sap your energy and cause you to swing erratically.

Stretching just five minutes before a round of golf should be mandatory; your muscles will loosen up, your breathing will improve and you be prepared to swing the club with ease.

Exercising the correct muscles will help you gain a repeatable golf swing. Here are a few targeted golf exercises to help your upper body get fit for the new season.

2. Shorten your backswing: Chances are you believe your golf club is parallel to the ground in your backswing but you are probably over-swinging ...most amateurs resemble John Daly and don't even realize it!

Next time you are on the driving range, have someone record your swing. If the swing is too long, it's more difficult to get the club back to the ball, arms may not stay together, rotation gets out of whack.

Snyper @ Oobgolf.com compares golf to tech, "The more things that move, the more things that can break." Well said; the more moving parts, the more chances your arms, elbowsand shoulders will not stay connected. Take the club back seventy percent and also slow down the speed of your backswing, which leads me to the next tip on gaining consistency for the golf season.

3. Tempo: Research by John Novosel has proven that "the backswing takes three times as long as the downswing." Another way to improve your tempo and consistency?

Rob Akins in Golf Digest article suggests three-word golf swing takeaways with one word at impact...FINISH. These great sayings, like "low and slow" for driving consistency, work in the subconscious mind to improve your tempo, stop you from hitting fat or thin and improve the overall reliability of your golf swing.

4. Routine: Having a pre-shot routine will stop you from thinking too much about where to place the ball, where to stand, etc., and you will, instead, spend your time visualizing where you want the golf ball to go.


Know what happens when you feel confident? Your score, and handicap, begin to drop and you can't wait to get out onto the first tee with your mates and your reliable insert golf phrase here (...golf game, golf swing, putting)!


Share some tips that you use to improve consistency in the comments section of our golf blog below and on Twitter @Golf4Beginners.

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4 comments:

Paul said...

Great Post - Many golfers do not realize how important stretching and fitness is and the difference it can make to your game. Even a simple 5 minute warm up is better then nothing !

Liam Hall said...

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Win Mr said...

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It seems my suggestion about how Mr Miyagi and the Karate Kid could help you create your perfect, powerful and repeatable golf swing confused some people…and even caused some concern that I’d lost my marbles!

I know the connection sounds a bit crazy, but let me explain…

In my last email I said: “If you remember why Mr Miyagi was teaching the Karate Kid to “Wax On, Wax Off”, then Michael’s 6 Step Golf Lesson will make perfect sense to you.”

No?…Still not making any sense?

Well, it’s all about the true secret to a powerful, repeatable golf swing….muscle memory. Here’s what I mean:

(If you’ve never seen the 1980’s Karate Kid movie and plan to watch it soon, this is a spoiler alert!)

In the film, the young student, Daniel, asked the old Master, Mr Miyagi, to teach him karate. When Mr Miyagi reluctantly agreed, Daniel expected to be trained how to kick butt right then and there. Instead Mr Miyagi confused his eager student by making him polish his old car. But more importantly he insisted Daniel use very specific arm movements. So, using big outward circular movements Daniel had to “wax on” with one hand and “wax off” with the other.

Absolutely nothing to do with karate…or so we thought! We were so wrong!

It turns out that later in the movie young Daniel uses these exact “wax on, wax off” movements to powerfully deflect incoming punches and kicks from his nasty opponent.

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