Game Improving Golf Questions 51-60

    What Is The Correct Hand Rotation On The Golf Back Swing?

    1. What Is The Correct Hand Rotation On The Golf Back Swing?



    If we look specifically at the rotation in your hands as you make your back swing, you need to allow your arms to rotate in order to keep the club face square to its swing arc and therefore square to the target. As you make your takeaway and swing the golf club to hip high, the shaft of the golf club should be parallel to the ground and the target line. If you have achieved this position, the club face will be angled so that the leading edge, or the bottom line of the club face, replicates your spine angle and you will have achieved the correct amount of rotation in your hands.

    Should My Hands Lead The Club When Chipping?

    2. Should My Hands Lead The Club When Chipping?



    A common error when golfers chip the ball is to use the wrists through impact to slide the club under the ball and lift the ball into the air. In doing so, the chances of a poor shot such as hitting the ball fat (ground before the ball) or hitting the ball thin (hitting halfway up the ball) hugely increase. To ensure the ideal downward trajectory through the ball, the hands should always stay ahead of the club head throughout the chip shot. Heres how to do it.

    Will a shorter backswing improve my accuracy?

    3. Will a shorter backswing improve my accuracy?



    If this describes your swing, then tightening up (shortening) your backswing will almost certainly prove beneficial – provided you fix the problem by firming your wrists or elbow, not by restricting your shoulder turn. In fact, making a full turn can actually help shorten your swing. Golfers who under-rotate the shoulders often try to compensate by letting the left elbow bend or the wrists cock at the top. This only compounds the problem. Regardless of how far your shoulders rotate, heres the key to keeping your backswing in check: Stop moving your arms, wrists and hands at the same time your shoulders stop. This prevents the wrists from breaking and the arms from overextending. Youll be positioned for an efficient backswing without leaking power at the top.

    How Should My Stance Change With Different Golf Clubs?

    4. How Should My Stance Change With Different Golf Clubs?



    Your stance needs to be set wide enough so that you are able to keep your balance from the swing speed that you generate in the club head. The longer the golf club is that you are swinging, the wider your swing arc will be and the more club headspeed you will generate. Therefore, the longer the club is, the wider your stance needs to be to allow you to balance throughout your swing. The shorter the shaft of the club, the less club head speed you will have and therefore the narrower your stance can be.

    What Should I Focus On To Start My Backswing During My Golf Putting Stroke?

    5. What Should I Focus On To Start My Backswing During My Golf Putting Stroke?



    For the majority of golfers, the putting stroke is a gentle rocking of the arms and shoulders back and forth, moving the putter on either a very slight arc or straight back and straight through to the target. The most consistent way you can to start your putting stroke to produce these strokes is to use the shoulders, and in particular, the left or lead shoulder. What you need to do is start practising putts of around three feet, taking your set up and when you feel ready to make your stroke, rock your left shoulder slowly so it moves down a little towards the ground.

    Why Do Some Golf Putters Have An Insert On The Face?

    6. Why Do Some Golf Putters Have An Insert On The Face?



    One of the most popular inserts are the white rectangle ones, synonymous with the Odyssey range of putters. The white insert in the face of the putter is a mix of rubber materials that have a high degree of elasticity. Known as the elastomer insert, it is placed into the face of the putters to give the golfer a softer feeling when the ball comes off the putter face. This is designed to give the golfer more feel when hitting their putters. At one stage, Odyssey Golf made a series of putters with a dark insert in the face that was much harder with the idea of giving the golfer a harder feel at impact, although this technology didnt stay around for too long.

    How can I play well for all 18 holes?

    7. How can I play well for all 18 holes?



    Start by practicing at least once between rounds. If you play every weekend, find time to hit the range and practice green on a weekday. If youre on a two-rounds-per-month schedule, practice on your off weekend. This will keep your swing, stroke and touch honed, and youll avoid that havent-swung-a-club-in-months feeling. On days when you play, eat a nourishing meal ahead of time and pack some healthy snacks. Dont forget to hydrate as you play, either. The idea is to keep your energy level and strength steady all day.

    Golf Question: Should My Back Swing Be Faster In Order To Hit The Golf Ball Further?

    8. Golf Question: Should My Back Swing Be Faster In Order To Hit The Golf Ball Further?



    The back swing does not require speed in order to hit the ball further. It requires a good coiled movement from the shoulders, hips and also hinging of the wrists. How fast this is done is totally irrelevant because it is the range of movement, flexibility and speed of the down swing where the swing creates power to hit the ball a long way. Golfers often fall into the trap of using their arms on the back swing to increase the speed, however, through this movement, they are actually sacrificing shoulder turn, speed and power! A player swinging the club through coiled up power in comparison to a player swinging with just their arms and limited rotation, will hit the ball much further as the club is travelling further and bigger muscles are being used to move the club, therefore it has more force.

    Will restricting my hip turn increase my power?

    9. Will restricting my hip turn increase my power?



    In the age of Tiger Woods, most every tour pro has a daily fitness regimen that includes weightlifting and cardio-vascular work. The real focus is on core strength (abdominal muscles, lower back, hips) and flexibility. A strong core paired with supple shoulders, torso and hips allows golfers to achieve a high “X-Factor” – the difference (in degrees) between a players shoulder turn and his hip turn measured at the top of the backswing. The bigger ones X-Factor, the more power one can generate by uncoiling on the downswing. Hence, pros seek to make the biggest shoulder turn possible while limiting their hip rotation. Sounds simple, right? It is – provided youve got exceptional core strength and head-to-toe flexibility. It helps to have hours a day you can devote to fitness and practice, too.

    How Can Focusing On The Handle And Its Position Help Improve My Golf Swing?

    10. How Can Focusing On The Handle And Its Position Help Improve My Golf Swing?



    Consequently, if the handle position is correct, the club head position must also be correct and therefore you will have control over your golf shots. Having the handle of the golf club in the correct position will mean that the club head will be moving on plane, or at the correct angle around your body and if you can achieve this, you will hit your best golf shots as the club head will swing correctly through impact to allow you to hit straight, long and correct trajectory golf shots. From your address position, you want to focus on moving the golf club away from the ball on your back swing so that the butt end of the handle points parallel left of the target (right handed golfers) when the shaft of the club is parallel to both the ground, around hip high.