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Quick Golf Tips - Use Practice Swings Wisely


We see it all the time. A golfer walks up to the ball, takes a quick practice swing, and then hits the ball. The golfer took her practice swing or swings without having a purpose in mind. That's too bad. By taking her practice swing for granted, she missed an opportunity to groove her takeaway for her real shot and it could end up costing her strokes. If you want to cut down on bad shots, use your practice swing wisely.

Below are five keys to a good practice swing:
* Take your normal stance
* Picture your ball flight
* Waggle the club
* Hinge the club up
* Rotate the clubface open


You want the clubface to stay square to the arc of your swing during your takeaway. This is often hard for players to visualize, so they do it poorly. Rehearse this move in your practice swing. Here's how:

Take your stance with a picture of your ball flight in mind. Now waggle the club and start your takeaway. As you go into your takeaway hinge the club up and rotate the clubface open relative to the target line. Now complete your backswing, make a smooth transition to your downswing, and accelerate through impact to a balanced finish.

If you keep the clubface shut relative to the target line, you'll bring the clubface back to impact closed. Or, you'll try to open it just before you hit the ball--and you'll probably open it too much. Neither of these things is good.

Take practice swings seriously. Use them to groove your takeaway and start your swing off correctly. If you do, you'll eliminate a common cause of bad shots and greatly improve your ballstriking.


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