Help! Overswinging Is Killing My Game


One of the largest misconceptions on the golf course is the harder you swing, the further the golf ball goes. While increased swing speed will increase your distance, over swinging will hurt you more than it helps. When a golfer is swinging too hard on the course or the range they’ll start to see inconsistency with their swing. Controlling your swing helps to avoid slices or hooks and prompt a straighter ball flight. Here’s how you can stop overswinging.

Avoiding Overswinging

Feel The Rhythm


The golf swing is all about rhythm. When you’re on the course and start to lose your “smooth” rhythm you’ll see inconsistencies in your shots. To work on your rhythm, come up with a saying while you practice your swing on the range you can take to the course. Next time you are out on the range practicing, address the ball and as you start your swing, start counting from 1 to 3 with Mississippi’s after the numbers.

Start counting as you begin your backswing; 1 Mississippi. At the top of your arc as you start your downswing you should be starting 2 Mississippi. At impact, you should be on 3 Mississippi. If you find that you’re struggling with your swing breaking down, practicing this tempo drill to get back on track and improve your game.

Take It Slow

Drawing the club back quicker than you swing through messes with your timing and produces a bad shot. Take the club back slow and in rhythm. Next, make a smooth transition into the downswing. Getting to quick at the top of your swing gets the club off its plane. You, then, have to work hard to get the club square at impact. The fastest part of your swing should be just before impact. Putting this into practice will stop you from overswinging.

The Last Verse

Remember, with this swing tempo drill, by the third or fourth time you swing the club, you’ll have found your optimal tempo. An even tempo and correct mechanics will produce the best swing.

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