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Golf Swing Video Analysis - Fixing the most common golf swing mistakes

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Posted by Zach Baron of Zach Baron Golf under Golf on 27 May 2013 at 11:00 PM

In golf, one of our main goals is to make solid contact with the golf ball and to hit it on our intended line. This may sound simple, but it is one of the hardest tasks in golf. I’ve developed 3 key components to hitting the golf ball solid and straight that will really help you in succeeding on the course.

First, let's take a look at a video analysis comparing @neil_bro 's golf swing to that of the world's number 1 golfer Tiger Woods: 

Now let's take a look at the three most common mistakes a golfer makes, that can help improve the same swing mistakes that @neil_bro makes:

1) Weight Forward at Impact

One of the hardest tasks among amateur golfers is to consistently make solid contact with golf ball. Controlling the low-point of our swing is something that tour professionals have mastered, which is essential to strike the golf ball consistently.  While there are a few factors involved with controlling our low point, I want to talk about the importance of getting our WEIGHT FORWARD AT IMPACT. 

Many golfers tend to shift their weight towards the trail leg in the backswing and never return back to the front side properly. This results in a lot of “fat” shots, where the club bottoms out behind the golf ball. Remember that are goal is to strike the golf ball first and then the ground. To do this with our weight hanging back is very difficult. Tour professionals have between 80-95% of their weight on the lead leg at impact.

Weight forward

2) Hands ahead of the ball

Another common mistake I see with amateur golfers is that they flip the club through impact. A lot of the time this is due to a misconception that you need to help the ball off the ground. In order for you to strike the golf ball solid and consistent with your irons, you need to hit down on the ball and let the club do the work! 

If you watch any of the professional golfers on tour, you will notice that their hands are ahead of the ball at impact. In golf instruction we call this forward shaft lean. Keeping our hands ahead of the ball allow us to make a proper strike, where the club hits down on the ball first and then the ground. If the hands are behind the ball at impact, it will result in very inconsistent contact.

3) Hold the Angle

A big component of hitting the golf ball far and straight is to maintain the angle of the club on the downswing. You may have heard the term “lag” before, which basically means maintaining the angle between the shaft and the left forearm on the downswing. To get a better understanding of what lag looks like, take a look at these pictures of Tiger Woods in his downswing:

Tiger Woods Swing

Maintaining Lag 

Zach B Swing LagMaintaining lag is one of the hardest things to do in the golf swing and Tiger is certainly one of the best at it. By maintaining this angle on the downswing, the club is able to travel from the inside on the downswing, creating a powerful angle of attack on the ball.

Many amateur golfers will lose their angle too early, resulting in a “cast” that produces very weak shots that don’t end up on line. This can be one of the key reasons why many amatuer golfers are unable to either hit their ball straight or towards their intended target. A cast looks something like the photo to the left.

 It is a common misconception among some amatuer golfers that in order to hit the ball a long way, you have to hit it as hard as you can. In fact, this is not true as the technique of your is actually more important. This is where maintaining the lag becomes so important, as it allows you to swing through the shot at the correct angle, releasing the power of the coil effect of the back swing.

@zachbarongolf is a golf proffessional working out of the Nike Golf Learning Centre in Virginia, where he is the Junior Golf Coordinator. He has built himself a reputation as one of the brightest young minds in golf instruction and player development. Visit his website to take a closer look.

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    20131016141129-neil_bro

    Looks like I've got some work to do....better hit the driving range!

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    20131126112258-adrian

    I always find video analysis interesting. I've used Kinovea software in the past to check on bar path when Olympic lifting - you can learn a lot from watching those red lines on the screen.

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