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5 Unique Golf Swings Every Golfer Should Learn for a Better Driver Range Performance
Do you need help improving your overall golf swing performance? Does your current golf swing feel forced or unnatural? It can be frustrating to know a single golf swing that doesn’t give you your desired impact or results even after much practice.
However, that doesn’t mean you’re a bad golfer. Nine times out of ten, the problem is that your instructor might have taught you a swing technique that isn’t suitable for you. In this guide, we outline the five golf swings that you can add to your arsenal and improve your shots consistently. Find a comfortable, effective, and suitable one, and practice it consistently for the best result.
Inside to Outside Swing
An inside-out golf swing is a technique that relies more on hip and upper body movement than anything else. On the backswing, your club aligns with the target line with the most pressure on your left leg and right shoulder.
Then, you rotate your hips and upper body and bring the club closer to you through the ball on the downswing. As a result, the clubface makes solid contact with the ball club to produce a draw. Too much deviation (to the right or left) by the clubface when hitting the ball could cause hooks and slices and impact the ball’s speed. Some of the benefits of an inside-to-outside swing are that it:
- Allows straighter ball flight
- Facilitates a draw shape
- Increases distance cover compared to an outside-in swing.
- Minimizes the risk of a slice
Outside to Inside Swing
Outside to inside swing requires less use of the shoulder and hip movement. Instead, the club head moves further left from the target line on the backswing and then pushes towards the target line, to the ball, and back inside (on a lower plane) on the downswing.
When making the swing, your hands cut back inside, causing the ball to spin from left to right, which can lead to a fade. This also results in backspin and slices, less distance, and more flight on a shot. The outside-to-inside swing is often employed by beginners who aren’t conversant with the game yet and experienced golfers who want to hit a fade intentionally.
Hands and Arms Swing
The hands and arms swing utilizes different leverage points (two planes) for maximum power when shooting. It requires your arms and hands to guide your shot in the desired direction. Your body only acts as a stabilizing force that allows hand and wrist movement as you rotate through the shot.
The hands and arms swing often produces the most distance since how far your ball goes doesn’t depend on the club path from backswing to downswing. Instead, what matters is the impact your clubface makes with the ball.
Still, the limited hip and body movement can cause a steep angle that may cause a slice or topping. Plus, the swing can induce sidespin since the club is off its swing lane, which leaves the clubface open during impact.
Wrist and arm injuries are also common due to overreliance, so you must use the glove under the lead-arm drill. It also helps train your mind to engage your core muscles to achieve a more consistent ball-flight trajectory. Jim Furyk and Jack Nicklaus are some of the popular golfers who use this unorthodox swing style consistently throughout their game to achieve the following:
- Increased clubhead speed
- Higher trajectory in their shots
- More freedom of movement
- Better balance during their swing
A single-plane swing involves the body working as a unit (one plane) to make a shot. In this swing, your hands are usually at a higher position (same as shoulders) on the backswing, with your right foot planted firmly on the ground for maximum stability.
On the downswing, to hitting the ball and back to the top again, the pressure transfers from the right to the left foot. It’s an easy swing for beginners to try because of the free-flowing transition.
However, getting shoulders and arms on the same plane on the downswing can be challenging. So, you need patience and commitment to the single plane swing to become consistent on the driving range. Top PGA golfers who use the single plane swing to get draws during competition, such as Lee Westwood and Rick Fowler, love the technique because it:
- Provides consistency
- Is easier to maintain the club on the plane when swinging
- Is less complex compared to a two-place swing
- Prevents slices
As the name suggests, a rotational-based swing involves rotating the body when making a shot. The club flies through the ball as the body rotates, causing more regular contact with the club head.
When attempting the rotational-based swing, you must have the excellent physical strength to execute the swing perfectly. Otherwise, your muscles won’t have the strength to make this shot consistently over an entire driving range. Only a handful of professional golfers use a rotational-based swing consistently in competitive matches due to its physical demands. Examples include Tiger Woods, Matt Wolf, and Lee Trevino.
Which One Is Best for You?
Realize that no one golf swing is the best. All swings can improve your overall gold swing performance if well executed. It would be best to pick out one or two golf swings at most, though one is best since you can specialize and perfect it easily over time.
Remember to loosen your grip when making a shot, and have a solid footing on the ground when swinging your golf club for the best impact. Above all, practice, practice, and practice some more.
Perfect Your Golf Swings at X-Golf Today!
Want to learn and perfect a new golf swing technique? At X-Golf Denver, we have state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator technology that you can use to learn and sharpen a new golf swing skill. Our services also come with the following:
- PGA Professional on staff to help with adjustment
- High-speed cameras to be able to see if you are correctly executing
- Swing analytics to measure the performance of your swing change
All these help you to test your golfing skills and sharpen them over time so you can become a real asset in the driving range. Contact us today for an appointment.