Practice makes perfect and this totally applies to golf. When it comes to developing a better swing, it is your range and not the quality of the course that makes it better. You might see yourself making a few adjustments here and there while on the course, but any true and lasting improvements depend on how much you pour in at practice. Serious golfing enthusiast Lee Rosen gives us tips and advice on what helped him improve his game.
“Set aside 30 minutes per week to work on perfecting your swing,” Lee Rosen shares. “As a habit, there are five fundamentals that I employ before making that practice swing and they have worked for me so far.”
Rosen advises that players devote at least 5 minutes of their practice time for each of the following fundamentals and make it a habit to do so every single time. “After a while you will see how this step-by-step process will help how you play, so you can finally focus on actually having fun and scoring.”
Here is Lee Rosen’s 5-step process to kickstarting your golf swing.
1. Pay attention to alignment
Before you swing, make sure you are properly aligned. You can use alignment sticks or, if you don’t have any, just about anything that has a straight line to ensure that your feet, hips, shoulders and clubface are on the same wave. If you are lined up correctly, you can rest assured your ball will land on the green. Also, don’t forget your comfort. You should feel no tension at this phase. You must feel balanced and ready to swing.
2. Stay connected as you poise for the swing
For Lee Rosen, this mean using the shoulders more to bring the club back. Make sure to not let your hands get too far head of your body’s rotation. To make this work, the arm, body, hands and club should turn in unison. This is called a “one-piece takeaway.” If you fail to be connected, your downswing will turn out wrong.
3. Take the approach from the inside
Give yourself enough room to swing your club into the ball from inside your target line. If your body is blocking the club from doing this, that means your backswing was incomplete. Make a full turn using your upper back as you return. Don’t just drive the club using your arms.
4. Let your hips move
Your hip rotation should start the action. Your left hip should move away from the ball while your right hip should move toward it, or vice versa, depending on your dominant side. “A good move that has worked for me is bumping my hip just a few millimeters toward the target before I rotate,” notes Lee Rosen. “This allows ample room for my club to swing down.”
5. Extend your arm
You know you’ve made a good swing if your ball if flying straight. A good way to make sure it happens is extending your dominant arm and keeping it so at your target when you follow through. This helps with accuracy. Staying back provides more power and a higher trajectory to your swing.
“The fundamentals are simple and easy to follow. As I said, all it really takes is practice and you’ll be swinging consistently well in no time,” closes Lee Rosen.