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How To Improve Your Golf Swing

Glen Miller

Golf is one of the few games in the whole world where less is more. In other words, the lower you score, the better your chances of winning. As any seasoned golfer will tell you, the key to winning a golf game is all in the swing. As a rookie, the first fact you should know is that a better swing will make you a better golfer.

It is pertinent for a beginner to first learn the mechanics of a golf swing but it should be the very last thing on his mind when actually playing golf. To put it simply, a golfer swings from memory and not from conscious thought. As a matter of fact, the only time you should be paying attention to your swinging technique is when you are learning a new motion and are practicing it till you can convert it into a natural action.

When you are out on the driving range, you should put in a conscious effort to fine-tune your swing by observing other, more experienced players. However, when you are out on the golf course playing a game, all your thoughts should be focused on where you would like for the ball to land.

Here are a few tips to help you improve your game:

When you are taking your stance, pick out a spot on course, preferably on the green or the fairway and concentrate on hitting the ball so that it lands in the targeted region. While you do this, make sure the thought of how to swing the club doesn't lead your mind astray. Once you are successful in keeping your eyes firmly on the target, you will be able to block out any thoughts related to the technique of your swing.

Of course, like everything else in life, this is a lot easier said than done. It is almost mental torture to not think about ones swing when swinging. And anyone who has tried to train their mind as well as their swing at the same time will vouch for this.

It is a fact that nine out of ten golfers have a very hard time keeping their mind off their swing before hitting the ball. Their minds are torn between thinking about where they want the ball to land and how best to swing to get the best leverage. And most of the time, golfers give in to the latter.

So, you can understand that learning this new method of target golfing isn't exactly a walk in the park and will take some time before you can get used to it. So, remember to practice this technique for about a month or so, preferably on the practice tee and soon you will see the fantastic difference it makes in your golf game out on the course.

Glen Miller writes for Golf Swing Space a website packed with advice about improving your golf swing.

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