3 Golf Swing Tips Guaranteed to Help You Improve

3 Golf Swing Tips That Will Make All the Difference in Your Golf Swing

Have you hit a plateau in your golf game? You’re hitting the driving range and golf course every weekend, maybe even practicing at home, but your scores never change.

Even if you don’t care much about besting your buddies, we all want to best ourselves. We want to see clear improvement and know that our hard work is paying off. If you’re stuck in a rut, it’s not because you’ve reached your full potential. More likely, there’s some small error in your golf swing that’s holding you back.

I’m going to share three swing tips that are proven to help you play better golf. I’ve used these tips with my students for over twenty years, and the results have been transformative.

These concepts cover three different stages of your swing:


You may not need all three, but odds are at least one of these tips will illuminate an error you didn’t realize you were making.

The Takeaway

One neglected aspect of the takeaway is the relationship between the hands and the clubhead.

In fact, it’s far more common to worry about the direction the club swings on the takeaway. You may even have received advice on this or heard theories on whether it’s best to swing the club more outside or more inside.

However, if you watch the best players in the world, you’ll notice that there isn’t much consistency when it comes to club direction. Some golfers swing way inside, some swing way outside, and many fall somewhere in between. Meanwhile, they’re all making incredible shots and taking home trophies.

So, here’s a theory: maybe the direction of the club isn’t the real issue.

If you watch these same players, you’ll notice there is one thing that remains consistent no matter which direction they guide they club:

They always keep the clubhead outside of the hands.

To clarify, when we talk about keeping the clubhead outside of the hands, we mean the clubhead is just slightly farther out from the body than the hands are. If the clubhead passes through the plane of your hands and closer towards the body, the clubhead is now inside.

Next time you’re at the driving range, make a special effort to notice where your clubhead is in relation to your hands as you swing back from the ball. A good checkpoint is when your club shaft is just about parallel to the ground. If the clubhead is outside your hands at that point, you’re set up for a great transition. If you’ve hinged your wrists so the clubhead is now inside your hands and almost on the same plane as your body, it’s really unlikely that you’ll hit the solid shot you’re capable of.

The Transition

When I talk about the transition, I’m referring to the transition from the takeaway to the top of your swing. One very common mistake in this phase is the dreaded chicken wing.

You may have already been told you have chicken wing. And most likely, the person who told you that was referring to your finish, not your transition. “Chicken wing” is most commonly used to describe golfers who finish with their elbows deeply separated. The truth is, even though this error is easiest to see in the finish, it’s often a by-product of a mistake that occurs in the transition.

Many, many golfers are in the habit of allowing their elbows to separate as they move from the takeaway to the top of the swing. It’s one of those instinctual mistakes—it’s just something the body wants to do, especially if you’re not as flexible as you used to be. (Speaking from personal experience.)

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