3 swing thoughts to add power, eliminate hooks and stop swaying


With each day inching closer to spring, golfers feel a renewed sense of urgency to get their games in shape. The offseason is slowly fading away, after all. It’s now or never before we’re back on the course.

Which is why we’re checking in with our friends over at GOLFTEC. They do a great job on YouTube, but recently they’ve been starting doing YouTube “shorts” that are exactly what they sound like: quick, easy, straightforward tips that will improve your swing.

Let’s focus on a few involving iron shots. And, by the way, if you’re on the hunt for a more extensive tuneup, you can find a GOLFTEC near you by following the link right here.

1. Flex left leg, straighten right leg

The first tip is simple: If you’re struggling with power and consistency, focus on straightening your trail leg and bending your lead leg. This will give your backswing some tilt, which is a move lots of pros do because it will allow you to increase your hip turn for more power.

2. Turn chest to eliminate hooks

The second short tip addresses a common problem among mid-to-low handicaps and junior golfers: getting stuck inside and flipping with your hands. If this sounds like you, a good drill to prevent this is to clasp your lead hand over your trail arm, then hit balls. This’ll help you turn your chest, which will help keep the clubface square.

3. Stop swaying with an ugly tie

Swaying is an epidemic among the recreational game, which costs golfers their ability to make solid contact with the ball. That’s a swing thought the third tip addresses. The next time you’re at home, throw on a tie and practice making a backswing. Your goal is above.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.