7 Faults Most Amateurs Make

and the quick tips to cure them

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5. Poor Rhythm?/Whip It Good!
One of my favorite training aids is called the Orange Whip. It’s great for golfers who tend to “swing too fast.” I put quotes around that because what people usually mean when they say you’ve “swung too fast” is that one’s chest and shoulders started down before the backswing finished. Paradoxically, this out-of-sync motion actually creates a slower swing through impact.

When you use the Orange Whip, a flexible shaft with counterbalanced weights, however, this can’t happen. Why? It ingrains a rhythm and syncs up your hips and core so you can hit the ball farther and straighter.

Here’s how to use it: Swing the Orange Whip both right-handed and left-handed to balance your muscles on both sides. Note how the weight of the orange ball produces a natural “pause” at the top of your swing? This brief moment of rest makes it easier to start your downswing in the proper sequence, allowing your lower body weight to shift toward the target and your upper body to follow. At first, you might feel as though you’re swinging “slower,” but you aren’t. In fact, you’ll be swinging on the right path and generating the right speed at the right time.

6. Poor Swing Sequence?/Place The Grip In Your Belly!
Here’s a great exercise that’ll help you understand the correct swing sequence. All you have to do is place the butt end of your grip in your belly and make a swing. This will help keep your arms in front of your chest.

While many amateurs either start the swing with their hips or use only their arms, this exercise helps create the correct in-sync sequence.

Here’s how to do it: Stand erect, choke far down on the club so that the grip end of the shaft sticks into your belly button. Next, “push” the golf club back while keeping the relationship between your arms, chest and shoulders the same. After completing the backswing, start your downswing with your legs while the “triangle” remains the same.

Next, bend into your golf position and put the grip end into your belly button. Make a backswing and when the motion is complete, lift the club above your back shoulder to the top of the swing. Then, as you begin your followthrough, replace the grip end back in your belly button. This will help you to avoid “pulling through” with your shoulders.

If it helps, practice this in front of a mirror so that you can see and feel the “triangle” effect that’s created between your arms, chest and club.


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