Golf Homework for Better Test Scores

There are 2 main exercises that you can practice at home to develop the basic swinging motion – the most effective motion for playing the game of golf.  Spend just 5 minutes a day practicing these exercises and you will make better golf shots with more consistency.
(Exercises below are described for right-handers.)

SWING Exercise #1:  “Connection” – The Arm Swing-Body Rotation
The rhythmic, simultaneous swing of the arms-club and rotation of the body/torso is the necessary “connection” for control that results in good ball-club contact and direction with consistency.  Connection is also the main key for having power with control.

Even though it is a simultaneous swing of the arms-club and rotation of the body, to swing the golf club on the proper path, we need to think of initiating the swing motion with the swing of the arms-club and initiating the “down-swing” with the body.  Think “swing-turn, turn-swing”.   Also, for proper motion, concentrate on the arms-club swing with the upper body rotation and the lower body as a steady base that moves in a more responsive manner.

The Connection Training Exercise –
“Address/Setup” – Without a club, imagine you are a 5 iron distance away from a golf ball and take your stance and posture.  Make a fist with your upper hand and with your thumb out. Grip your thumb with the fingers of your lower hand.

“Back Swing” – Think to keep your head steady by focusing on the golf ball and also think to keep your lower body steady. With relaxed arms, swing your arms out to your right side allowing your upper body to rotate as you swing.  Maintain a straight left arm and allow the arms and hands to gradually rotate as the arms swing.  Your right arm should bend with the gradual rotation of your arms making the elbow point downward.

“Down and Through Swing” – Swing your arms down and through to the other side simultaneously rotating your body.  As you swing through, allow your right hip, knee and foot to rotate toward the imaginary target.

Don’t forget to let your head rotate toward the target at imaginary impact position.  Also, concentrate on making the complete swing with a medium tempo.

Practice this exercise with and without clubs.  Practice without clubs is also effective and can make it easier to sense the simultaneous motion of the arms and body.

SWING Exercise #2:  “The Lever” – Swing-Rotate-Hinge
The lever action in the pitching to full swing is a fluid swinging, rotating and hinging action involving the arms, hands, wrists and golf club.  The key to achieving the proper motion is to begin with and maintain a “just right” tension level of the arms and hands.  The arms should be straight and relaxed and the hands should have just enough equal tension in both hands to bring the club head up from the ground and support the weight of the club with the shaft at horizontal.

The Lever Training Exercise –  (Practice this exercise as a continuous motion back and forth four times to count as a single exercise.)
“Address/Setup” – Set your grip on a mid-length iron club with the proper tension level and position your club head a few inches across and away from a golf ball taking your stance and posture.

“Back Swing” – Use the same swing keys as exercise #1 while feeling the club head weight’s momentum gradually hinge or cock your wrists.

“Down and Through Swing” – Swing your arms and club down and through to the other side simultaneously rotating your body.  Feel the club head weight’s downward momentum begin to un-cock your wrists as your hands reach hip level and feel the rotation of the arms-hands-club through the bottom of your swing arc and the hinging or re-cocking of the wrists as the hands near their chest-level finish position.

Don’t forget to let your head rotate toward the target at imaginary impact position.  Also, concentrate on making the complete swing with a medium tempo.

By Mike Passmore, Simply Great Golf Academy
Possum Trot Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mike was ranked as a 2006 Top 6 PGA Teacher in the U.S. by the PGA of America and he is a 3-time PGA Section Teacher of the Year

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