How frequently have you started a round of golf with outstanding timing and speed only to see it disappear in the course of the latter part of the round? Most golfers think that in some way their golf swing has been altered and broken down during their round. As a result, they go directly to the practice range and revert to focusing on golf swing mechanics.Doesn’t it appear interesting that in the blink of an eye, a golf player’s swing can change? Is it feasible that golf swing mechanics do not really change, but instead, the backswing becomes shorter, tempo increases and follow-through is abbreviated simply because extreme golf swing tension has crept into the golf swing?
The main swing key I’ve used over the years has been to maintain consistent swing tension through my golf swing. When I am playing well and executing well played shots, I work extra hard on making a fluid and relaxed golf swing. Swing tension inevitably attempts to arise during the swing especially if a player concentrates on score, shot outcome, or a recent bad hole.What can keeping tension out of the swing really imply and what components of the body does it pertain to? There are 3 areas I focus on when trying to regulate tension in the golf swing. All have the same importance, even so, there is one swing area I focus on the most.The first area to take into account is the grip. You hear a lot of top golf instructors discuss feeling like you are gently holding a bird with your hands. This is a good analogy and to me, implies a grip pressure of 5 on a range of 1 to 10. The key right here is keeping consistent grip pressure through the golf swing. By doing this, you will enable the wrists to hinge throughout the backswing and your hands to fully release at impact.
The second area of importance when it comes to tension is the forearms. Keeping this area tension free throughout the swing lets a golfer maintain good extension and lessen the picking up the club too vertically throughout the backswing.Last but not least, the area I concentrate on the most are the shoulders. By keeping your shoulders free of tension during the whole golf swing you will achieve a full and unrestricted backswing, improved club head speed, a full release and a long and unrestricted follow-through.The next time your golf swing appears to be coming apart, concentrate on maintaining a tension free swing from beginning to end. Keep in mind; when you need to hit that shot to win a match, shoot your very best score, or merely keep your round going, reducing tension in the golf swing should help you to achieve your intended goal.The following are my ideas for minimizing golf swing tension. Focus on these each and every time you practice and concentrate on a couple particular ones when warming up for the round.
- Sense the clubhead throughout the complete swing
- Focus on a tension free swing whether practicing or playing
- Realize that to much tension slows the clubhead down and results in less distance
- Apply sufficient enough grip pressure without developing tension in the forearms, wrists and shoulders
- A slice happens as a result of too much stiffness in the hands and forearms
- Shoulder pressure restricts the arms from swinging freely
- Start every single practice session using short fluid golfing swings
The best swing strategy will not work if there is significant tension in the golf swing. I realize controlling your golf swing tension can help you improve your golf scores.