The short golf game can provide quite the challenge when it comes to figuring out what kind of swing best fits the circumstances. It tricky to tell what exactly needs to be done to take off a few meters from your distance, for example.
A common recommendation is to change the force of your swing depending on the distance you are trying to cover. Some pros are against that sort of thing, insisting that pace and tempo should be kept constant. They would rather recommend varying the length of the swing.
Shortening the length of the swing as the distance of the shot decreases while maintaining a steady tempo can result in more accurate and predictable results as you approach the green. Gripping down on the club as you approach, and switching clubs for the job help to maintain a consistent game as well.
Two qualities that you should try to focus on in your golf game are consistency and simplicity. While this can apply to all aspects of your game, your swing is a good place to start. Once you are comfortably in your address position, don’t make any swing adjustments. Most importantly, make the same swing no matter what club you use. The length of the club will shape your arc naturally, so you don’t have to consciously correct. In this way, the length of your shots will be determined solely by the length of your clubs.
Consistency in tempo is also key, but the specific tempo you choose is up to you. Depending on what kind of person you are, your temperament and natural tendencies, you need to find a tempo that works for you, and keep it consistent. Everything from your swing speed to the rate at which you take positions and walk the course should fit into an overall consistent tempo.
This year has seen record low snowfall in the Northeast US, a huge change from last year’s numbers. Although in some cases a decent amount of snow is actually falling on hills and mountains, the lack of it in valley and metropolitan areas dissuades people from actually going skiing. Temperatures have been relatively warm as well so far.
This uncommonly dry, warm weather has sent people reaching for their golf clubs instead of their skis. Country Clubs across the US have remained open through the winter and have been reporting increased business activity because of this unseasonal weather. Take it as a tip if you’re in the area, this might be a good time to work on that handicap and surprise your golf buddies come spring.