“How to Develop More Consistency in the Golf Swing”

Written by Sean Cochran

Imagine every one of your shots inrepparttar middle ofrepparttar 146576 fairway, every chip two feet fromrepparttar 146577 hole, and every putt nailingrepparttar 146578 center ofrepparttar 146579 cup. Well, maybe some of us dream of never having to ever putt and each approach shot goes intorepparttar 146580 hole, but I think you getrepparttar 146581 picture. A consistent swing is probably what many golfers dream of when our heads hitrepparttar 146582 pillow.

The majority of us are aware that golf is a game that requires consistent shot making to be successful (and have fun). If we are hooking, slicing, and hitting our wedges fat, it can really start to get frustrating. Consistency is key to hitting a low score and enjoyingrepparttar 146583 game. So how do we get there?

First, let us do a little review ofrepparttar 146584 golf swing. To hitrepparttar 146585 ball squarely onrepparttar 146586 center ofrepparttar 146587 club head you must takerepparttar 146588 club throughrepparttar 146589 proper swing path. A proper swing path will allowrepparttar 146590 club to align itself correctly withrepparttar 146591 ball to hitrepparttar 146592 shot you are trying to hit. For more advanced players this could be inrepparttar 146593 form of a draw, fade, cut, or some other variation. Higher handicappers will be happy with just plain old straight shots. Anyway, this process begins with your address, moves through your take away, intorepparttar 146594 back swing, ontorepparttar 146595 transition between back swing and down swing, into contact, and finishes withrepparttar 146596 follow through.

Quite a complex sequence of events forrepparttar 146597 body to perform! And we all know that if our timing is slightly off, or we are just a little off mechanically, disaster isrepparttar 146598 result.

Knowing that a consistent swing requiresrepparttar 146599 execution of these complex moves over and over again is quite mind-blowing. But let’s get back to our question: how do we develop a consistent golf swing? The answer is two-fold, and I imagine most golfers are aware ofrepparttar 146600 first point but probably only a few are aware ofrepparttar 146601 second. The keys to a consistent swing are: 1) efficient golf swing mechanics and 2)repparttar 146602 body. Got it? Good, now I can stop writing this article and all of us can become scratch golfers, right? Well, not exactly, and I imagine some of you are saying, “I already know all this stuff.” Others may be quite intrigued. Regardless of which category you fall into, let me expand on each of these topics a little.

Golf Swing Mechanics

Golf Swing mechanics is probablyrepparttar 146603 easier ofrepparttar 146604 two areas to understand. It isrepparttar 146605 reason why we take golf lessons and practice so much atrepparttar 146606 range. Beginning at address, moving through allrepparttar 146607 stages ofrepparttar 146608 golf swing, and finishing withrepparttar 146609 follow through,repparttar 146610 body is required to move through a specific sequence of movements to performrepparttar 146611 golf swing correctly. Ifrepparttar 146612 body does not move through this sequence properly thenrepparttar 146613 result will be a poor, inefficient and awkward looking swing. Over time, a poor swing results in poor consistency (every once in awhile you hit a good shot regardless of your swing, that’s what keeps us coming back for more). An easy example of this is when you “come overrepparttar 146614 top” withrepparttar 146615 club. This usually results in a slice (I know, easy thing to do and very hard to correct).

In addition torepparttar 146616 body performing an intricate number of biomechanical movements inrepparttar 146617 golf swing, timing of these movements is critical for you to hitrepparttar 146618 ball successfully. Each and every biomechanical movement withinrepparttar 146619 golf swing has a certain sequence and timing. If they are not performed inrepparttar 146620 correct order or timing, thenrepparttar 146621 golf swing will not be efficient. Poor timing results in those wonderful slices, snap hooks, chili dips and toppingrepparttar 146622 ball that we know all too well.

“How to Develop More Power in Your Golf Swing”

Written by Sean Cochran

How can you develop more power in your golf swing? This is probably a question that all of us want an answer to. Most of us go to great lengths to do whatever it takes to get that “power” into our drives offrepparttar tee. I think we probably all have some ideas of where 300-yard drives come from, but I want to give yourepparttar 146575 answers without any “fluff.”

Golf swing power isrepparttar 146576 result of three specific factors. Two out ofrepparttar 146577 three are much more important, butrepparttar 146578 third does have a bearing onrepparttar 146579 outcome of how far you hit that ball.

The first and probably most evident ofrepparttar 146580 three is your swing mechanics. I bet you are not surprised by this one.

The second one is probablyrepparttar 146581 least recognized ofrepparttar 146582 three, but for many isrepparttar 146583 “key” to longer drives andrepparttar 146584 category that is givenrepparttar 146585 least amount of attention. Number two is what we term golf strength. This is defined as how well your body is conditioned (i.e. fitness) to swing a golf club with maximum power. Probablyrepparttar 146586 least understood ofrepparttar 146587 three, and mayberepparttar 146588 most needed by golfers in general. We will talk more about this later. Let us move on to number three in regards to power for your drives.

Number three is your equipment. Yes, equipment does make a difference in how far you driverepparttar 146589 ball. The equipment manufacturers have let this fact be known, and I bet we all have gone torepparttar 146590 pro shop probably more than twice to pick up a new driver that claims to give us another 20 yards on every drive. That extra 20 yards might not be downrepparttar 146591 middle ofrepparttar 146592 fairway, but it will give you an extra 20 yards… could be left, could be right, or could be inrepparttar 146593 center ofrepparttar 146594 fairway. That all depends on points one and two of this article. Equipment and technological advances have definitely lengthenedrepparttar 146595 distance of our drives. But without better swing mechanics and your body in better golf shape, new technology will not help your game. A bad swing will produce a bad result, regardless of what type of “new” driver you may have just purchased.

Swing Mechanics

I think all of us are aware of how importantrepparttar 146596 mechanics of a swing are when it comes to drivingrepparttar 146597 ball downrepparttar 146598 fairway. It is essential, if you are overrepparttar 146599 top with your swing or come inside too much, you’ll see that dreaded slice or snap hook. The drives will be short, too low, too high, left, right, or a combination of these if you are putting bad swings onrepparttar 146600 ball.

It is essential for a golfer to work onrepparttar 146601 mechanics of their swing, week in and week out, to improve their game. If it weren’t important why would all these tour players have swing coaches that work with them on a consistent basis? The golf swing is such a finite, mechanically complex movement, that requires constant work to keep it highly efficient and in check.

One ofrepparttar 146602 most common mistakes I see amateurs make is probably a lack of instruction. I see amateurs over and over atrepparttar 146603 driving ranges, week in and week out, pounding balls without any improvement. This, I feel, is a result of one of two things: 1) a lack of instruction or 2) low levels of golf strength. A lack of instruction leads torepparttar 146604 development and ingraining of improper swing mechanics. This only results in slices, hooks, toppingrepparttar 146605 ball, and hitting it fat onrepparttar 146606 course. And we all know that those types of swings lead to frustration and bad rounds of golf. I would suggest to most anyone to find a good instructor and take lessons on a consistent basis. This can only help your game inrepparttar 146607 long run. Now moving onrepparttar 146608 second point of how to achieve powerful drives and that is golf strength.

Golf Strength (Golf Fitness)

Golf strength is a term we use to describerepparttar 146609 golf fitness level of an individual pertaining to swinging a club. This is much different than how much you can bench press or squat, which I like to refer to as “weight room strength.” Understand that these two terms, golf strength and weight room strength, are very different. If you do not quite understandrepparttar 146610 difference, ask yourself one question: How many bodybuilders do you see teeing it up on Tour? The answer to that question is quite obvious, none!

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