Swing Faults – Are you frustrated with your swing and practice regularly without positive results? Do you try to make a bigger shoulder turn, but no matter how because you take lessons to improve hard you try, you just can’t get into the position your pro shows you?
Swing Faults Problems
Have you been told that you have swing faults, but you just can’t seem to correct them on your own? Your swing faults may be from physical limitations. Your body, because of lack of flexibility, mobility, and/or strength, is holding you back from correcting your swing faults and playing your best golf. Most golf professionals will tell you that such
common faults as poor posture and lack of rotation are from physical limitations, and until you address those limitations you may never improve.
The purpose of this chapter is to help you understand and identify swing faults and the physical limitations that may cause them. Faults on swing, which are technical flaws in your golf swing, can be caused by physical limitations or such improper swing mechanics as a lack of strength and inflexibility in crucial areas of the body. Flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, and stability in your golf-specific muscles are imperative in making a good golf swing and playing your best.
Physical limitations or weaknesses can affect the way you swing a golf club. For example, if you have tight hamstring muscles, it will be difficult for you to maintain the correct amount of spine angle during the swing. You may “come out of the shot” or “stand up” through impact, which can cause topped or weak shots. If you lack strength or flexibility in your hips or buttocks, you may not be able to shift your weight properly and as a result, lose power and consistency.
Identifying your swing faults and physical limitations are absolutely necessary for building a fundamentally sound golf swing. Identifying and correcting your swing faults and physical limitations should be a focal point in your golf-specific fitness program. Playing golf with physical limitations or common swing flaws can cause serious injury to
the most vulnerable parts of your body, including the lower back, neck, elbows, and wrists. Identifying and correcting swing flaws will not only improve your golf game but also help you prevent the most common golf injuries.
Our team has assembled a list of the eight most common faults. These include the following:
- Poor posture
- Reverse pivot
- Loss of spine angle
- Lack of rotation
- Coming over the top
- Early release
- Lack of weight shift
Identifying your swing faults will help you and your golf teacher or golf fitness professional design a golf fitness program to fit your specific needs.