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Maintain Less Golf Swing Tension in Your Swing

Trying to get less golf swing tension into your swing can be a never-ending task. How often have you started a round of golf with outstanding timing and speed only to see it vanish in the course of the latter part of the round? Most golfers think that in some way their golf swing has been altered and broken down in the course of their round. Consequently, they head directly to the practice range and revert to focusing on simple golf swing mechanics.

Doesn’t it appear curious that in the blink of an eye, a golf player’s swing can change? It is possible that golf swing mechanics do not actually change, but instead, the back swing becomes shorter, swing speed increases and follow-through is abbreviated.  This is simply because extreme golf swing tension has crept into the golf swing.

Maintain Consistently Less Golf Swing Tension

The main golf swing key I’ve utilized over the years has been to maintain consistent swing tension throughout my swing. When I am playing effectively and executing well played shots, I work extra hard on making a fluid and relaxed swing. Swing tension inevitably will arise throughout the swing especially if a golfer focuses on score, shot outcome, or a previous poor hole.

What can keeping tension from the golf swing actually involve and which components of the body does it pertain to? There are three areas I work on when trying to control tension in the golf swing. All have equal significance, but there is one swing area I focus on the most.

Less Golf Swing Tension Starts With the Grip

The first area to take into account is the grip. You hear a lot of top golfing instructors talk about feeling as if you are lightly holding a bird in your fingers. This is a excellent analogy and to me, suggests a grip pressure of five on a range of one to ten. The key is keeping consistent grip pressure through the golf swing. In this way, you will allow the wrists to hinge in the course of the back swing and your hands to fully turn loose at impact.

The second area of significance when it comes to pressure is the forearms. Keeping this area tension-free during the swing lets a golf player maintain excellent extension and minimize the picking up the golf club too vertically during the back swing.

Finally, the area I focus on the most are the shoulders. By maintaining your shoulders totally free of tension during the complete swing you will achieve a full and unrestricted back swing, improved club head speed, a full release and a long and unrestricted follow-through.

The next time your golf swing appears to be falling apart, concentrate on keeping a tension free swing from beginning to end. Keep in mind; when you need to make that shot to win a match, shoot your best score, or simply keep your round going, decreasing tension in the swing will help you to achieve your intended goal.

The following are my ideas for decreasing golf swing tension. Work on these each time you practice and concentrate on a couple specific ones when warming up for the round.

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  1. Feel the club head during the entire swing
  2. Focus on a tension free swing whether practicing or playing
  3. Recognize that too much tension slows the club head down and results in much less distance
  4. Apply enough grip pressure without generating tension in the forearms, wrists and shoulders
  5. A slice occurs as a result of too much stiffness in the hands and forearms
  6. Shoulder pressure restricts the arms from swinging freely
  7. Start off each practice session with short fluid golfing swings, to the point of using your pitching wedge

The very best swing method will not function if there is considerable tension in the golf swing. I realize controlling your golf swing tension will help you improve your golf scores.


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