Amateurs are often far too quick to blame their golf swings for bad shots when the issue is likely far simpler. That’s why in the video and article below, Golf Monthly Top 50 Coach Alex Elliott runs through six things that will help you get better without having to change your golf swing.
1. Focus on strike
A lot of golfers become disheartened too quickly when they hit a poor shot at the range, especially with their driver, and then they jump to blame their swing. You could make a good swing and miss the sweet spot by a fraction and the ball curves offline.
This drill would be the same for your driver and irons, and all you have to do is set up a gate with some tees and place the ball in the middle. Once you’ve done that hit some shots trying to miss the tees. That will get you striking the ball consistently well without having to change your swing.
2. The grip
It’s vital to regularly check your golf grip, especially if you’re struggling. One key thing to look out for is that you’re holding the club in the fingers rather than the palm of your hands. If it’s in the palms it becomes very hard to square the face at impact and swing the club with any momentum.
A really handy checkpoint is to hold the club with your glove hand and then remove your fingers, leaving just your index finger curled round the grip. If you’re able to hold the club with just that one finger, your grip is fine. If it falls, it’s more in the palm and you need to work on honing a better grip.
3. Improve your short game
We’re all so desperate to go to the range and bomb drivers that we often neglect the short game. Redressing that balance will save you countless shots, so here’s one of many great chipping drills that will help you make more up-and-downs.
Stick two tees into the practice green, one roughly halfway between you and the pin, and the other a little closer, so it’s about a quarter of the way from you to the pin. A lot of golfers don’t know what greenside shots they’re good at so take two…