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Golf Backswing Tips | How to Fix It

Today, we’re going to talk about how to perfect your ‘faulty’ golf backswing. It’s not going to be a walk in the park; perfecting it means a backpack full of patience and perseverance. The good news is that you can speed up the learning process and here’s how to do it.

Everything you do while you are in the driving range matters, even the slightest ‘faulty’ position will send your golf ball off course, which is why you need to do it right from the very start if you are aiming for a successful shot. Remember, every shot you take must be played while you are your correct golf stance.

A perfect backswing starts with how you are gripping the club. This has to be perfect as well. If you are holding it too tightly or loosely, it won’t do any good. Experienced golfers would advise you to take the club with a neutral grip or firm grip. If you keep practicing, you will learn when a grip is too tight or otherwise by observing the ball flight.

Turning your hips is also important for a perfect backswing. To do this, practice knee flexibility. If your knees aren’t moving, you can’t turn your hips fully.

Bring the club with both arms straight. Doing so will maintain the right distance between the golf club and your hands. Avoid bending the arms too early because this will only shorten the distance upon striking. The remedy is simple… keep both arms straight at all times.

Make sure you bend your right elbow as soon as the club and your hands are at waist high. Avoid rotating your hands. This gives you the wide arc needed when the golf club is coming back.

Don’t use your hands to generate power, use your upper body and shoulders instead. You can do this by turning them altogether starting when your hands are at the waist level.  Continue this coiling motion until you’ve reached the top of your backswing.

If you are having some flexibility issues such as turning your hips, it’s best to try some golf fitness flexibility exercises that target the legs, shoulders, and hip.

Identify your “top” position on your backswing. Yours could be different from another golfer. Some golf players can bring their golf club past parallel at the top position, while other players simply cannot. Either way, try to achieve your maximum height because this will influence the speed of the club head as it swings down.

Don’t twitch the club during the downswing. Smooth transition can only be achieved if you use your hips and not your hands. Hitting the golf ball perfectly all depends on how you setup your swing from the very start.

If you think you’ve done everything perfect but the ball is still not going as far as you like or  the ball is going off course, then  ask for help from a fellow experienced golfer to do some golf backswing drills with you or better yet, observe and copy what they’re doing.