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Completely LOST Your Golf Swing? Try These Simple Things!

In this video, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains how to self-correct your golf swing when you have no idea where the ball is going.

 

Golfers will often start a round badly and then give up, not knowing how to get their games back on track. In the video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains what he and other scratch golfers and professionals do to start hitting better shots again and reset your golf swing to not have a catastrophic score.

Figure Out What Is Going Wrong

The first step to making any change is first understanding where you are now and what is going wrong. When you start a round poorly, there are 2 options as to what is causing you to hit bad shots:

  • Strike
  • Club Face

Yes, you might have a slicer’s golf swing and other swing faults that need addressing, but on the golf course, you generally have what you have, and we can’t make wholesale swing changes out there.

You need to understand and make a decision as to whether it is hitting fat and thin shots that are costing you shots or whether you are hitting it out to the right or left.

RESET YOUR GOLF SWING

Corrections For Bad Strikes

When you are hitting shots heavy or too clean, the issue is that your low point is in the wrong place. This could be too far back, or too deep into the ground.

The first thing I will do to gain some control over my low point is simply start swinging the golf club shorter. I try to make more swings where my hand do not go much above my shoulders in the backswing or downswing.

This straight away helps me make more solid contact with the golf ball, mainly because there is just less to go wrong, and I have more control.

If my issue doesn’t get fixed by making shorter golf swings, I then make some set up adjustments.

I will move the ball back in my stance and also try to feel like my weight is further forwards on my lead foot. Both of these actions will help steepen my angle of attack, and move the low point forwards, helping me strike the ball before the ground and make good contact every time.

Fix A Slice Or A Hook

If you are hitting the ball consistently to the left or to the right, be that a hook, slice, push or pull, your issue is that you are not getting the club face into a functional position.

The first step for this player when you are going to reset your golf swing is to think, can I just aim differently? If your shots are finishing 10-20 yards right every time, then there is nothing wrong with just aiming 10-20 yards left every time to counteract it. This is not how you want to play your golf as a whole, but is a good quick fix when out on the golf course.

The next thing to try is changing your club face alignments in your takeaway. Taking the club face away, more open or more closed, might just help get the club face aligned 2 degrees differently, which can be the difference when it comes to hitting or missing the target.

These are all quick fixes that can be implemented on the golf course.

CLOSE THE FACE

Drills

It is not a bad idea at all to practice making these changes on the driving range in a range session, to see which swing thoughts affect your direction and strike the most. Moving the ball position up or down your stance, shortening or lengthening your full swing and adjusting your clubface open and closed is great practice to make yourself more adaptable and creative on the golf course.

The best golfers are the quickest to realise they need to make adjustments, and then best at implementing them. Learn how to do this and watch your high scores move much closer to your good ones.

Give these tips a try and let us know how you get on! If you want to keep up to date with Jack’s instruction you can subscribe to his YouTube Channel here, or keep watching our instruction page!

If you want to watch some more of Jack’s driving instruction videos, you can get to his YouTube Technique Tips playlist by clicking here. Please check out our other instruction articles if you liked this how to reset your golf swing video!

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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