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TOP 17 Best Golf Swing Tips to Actually Get Better at Golf

There are so many golf tips out there; too many, in fact. Golfers tend to thrive on golf tips because they seem like the golden ticket to becoming a great player.

Here’s your fair warning; no single tip is going to make you a great golfer.

However, one bad tip can make you a terrible golfer.

I’ve got 17 of the best golf swing tips to help you get better this season. These tips can be applied to any handicap player, from scratch to a beginner.

Best Golf Swing Tips (Key Takeaways)

Don’t have time to read all 17 of my tips in great depth, here are a few of the most important things to remember:

  • Improving your golf swing is greatly impacted by your hands and wrists; make sure that you understand the correct positions and angles.
  • Good golf swing tips don’t always come from your friends and playing partners; be smart about what you listen to and who is saying it.
  • Incorporating technology and instant feedback into your golf practice routine can help take your game to the next level.
  • Golfers who want to improve their swing must be intentional about their movements and understand the proper positions in a golf swing.
  • Great players consider all aspects of the game, from alignment to equipment and everything in between.
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1. What do you want to improve in your full swing?

Top 17 Tips to Improving Your Golf Swing

Pay Attention to Wrist Movement and Angles in the Golf Swing

The role of the wrists in the golf swing is often misunderstood by amateur golfers. Your wrist angles control the clubface.

If you have poor wrist movement from the start of your swing, it becomes very difficult to recover and hit straight shots.

One of the best ways to get wrist movement worked out is to work with HackMotion.

HackMotion is a sensor worn on the wrist that analyzes your angle at setup and then how that angle changes throughout the swing.

The developers at HackMotion did years of research and study with professional golfers to understand the relationship of clubface angle to wrist movement. Professional golfers follow a certain pattern that leads to tremendous consistency.

As you wear the HackMotion sensor, you will get real-time feedback into what needs to be improved regarding wrist movement and what is working well. HackMotion is the cost of a few golf lessons, but it is something you can use for years to come and even track your results to see how you are improving.

It’s All in the Hands

If you are on the driving range this weekend, ask a few golfers about their least favorite area of the game to practice.

The answer is almost always the grip.

The golf grip is just a boring thing to practice. Whether you are new or have been around a while, it’s not nearly as exciting as trying a new takeaway or transition that is bound to lead to better ball flight and distance.

Here’s the crazy thing. The grip can be the ONLY thing you need to work on. Yes, that’s right, for some golfers, a poor grip causes all the other issues in their game.

strong vs neutral vs weak grip in golf

Try as hard as you can to use a neutral grip position. The neutral hand position will ensure your shots do not go too far left or right.

At times you may need to alter the grip slightly to fix a certain type of shot, but you should have a neutral and relatively loose grip at all times.

When I say golf is all in the hands, I’m pretty serious about it. Give your grip the attention it deserves, and don’t be afraid to adjust when necessary.

I’ve been playing golf nearly my entire life, and I still make adjustments to the grip from time to time.


To work on the consistency of your golf grip, use the HackMotion. HackMotion measures wrist angles at setup so you can compare how you are setting your hands on the club from one swing to the next

Clubface Angle is What Causes the Problems

If you hit a slice, your golf club face was open at impact.

Of course, you will need to do a bit more work to figure out what causes this clubface angle, but understanding that the clubface is in charge is a key factor.

See if you can move through a few swings in slow motion to see why the clubface angle is incorrect at impact; sometimes, you can feel it almost instantly.

For many golfers, stance and setup-related issues make the clubface incorrect at impact.

Left-Hand Needs to Be in Charge

For a right-handed player, the left-hand needs to be the one in charge.

Your left hand also needs to lead the way for chipping and putting.

Some handsy golfers get their right hand involved in some shots, but it’s very hard to stay consistent throughout your entire round.

The larger the muscles, the easier it is to repeat the motion you are making.

Take some practice swings where just the left hand is on the club. Then put the right hand on and see the difference in the feel. Let the right hand be on for the ride.

Learn to Compress the Ball

Want to get the ball up a little higher in the air?

You must hit down and through it.

So many amateur golfers try to pick the ball clean right from the top of the turf. Although the golf superintendents will probably love you for this, you are doing yourself a disservice.

To get great distance and trajectory with the iron shots, you need to hit down and through the ball.

One of the most common golf swing mistakes that I see amateur golfers make is putting too much weight on the right side (right-handed player) at setup. From this position it becomes hard to compress the ball.

Overall compressing the golf ball is easiest to learn when chipping.

Take a narrow stance, choke down on the club a bit, and then lean a little on your left side before you take the club back. When you strike the golf ball, you will want to make sure you still have some weight leaning on that left side and are ready to strike the ball cleanly.

Accelerate through the ball, keep the right hand out of it, and see if the chip goes a little higher and straighter with this method. Eventually, you will want to do the same exact thing with your full swing iron shots.

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1. What do you want to improve in your full swing?

Play with Different Stance Positions

The correct position of your stance will vary depending on the club you choose.

You have to feel comfortable standing over the golf ball. Take a session at the range to experiment with golf stance positions.

You will need an alignment stick or two; if you have a launch monitor, it certainly can’t hurt using it.

The key is to set up with a stance that you believe is correct. Start with feet shoulder-width apart, weight balanced, feet square, and clubface square.

Hit some shots from this position and see what the results are like. Once you have a baseline, start playing around with different positions. Only change one thing at a time.

There is More than One Correct Swing

If you take a lesson from a golf professional that tells you there is only one correct way to swing a golf club, you may want to find a new professional.

There are lots of ways to swing a golf club and still be a great player.

Even professional golfers have swing flaws and issues because they all have unique motions in their swing.

We can all agree that certain features of impact must remain the same, but there are many ways to get there.

Some golfers have wide swings with lots of extension and movement; others use a compact Stack and Tilt type method, and both can learn to be scratch golfers or better. Don’t force yourself to learn a swing method that does not make sense or feel comfortable; there is no benefit in it for you.

golfer finished the shot with iron

Don’t Take it Easy

I truly cannot stand it, ok I hate it when I hear one amateur golfer tell another that they just need to swing slower and take it easy. Don’t do this.

In fact, one of the things that I have seen to be most detrimental to golfers is when they stop accelerating through the golf ball.

Sure, you can swing within your means, practice good tempo and not be falling over at impact. In addition, you may want to take the club back slower. These are important things to consider.

However, if you try to slow the club down as you move through the impact position, you will more than likely hit behind the ball or even hit a shot to the right.

Golf is a sport, and athletes go after the golf ball to try and get distance and accuracy. You should be doing this as well.

Learn to improve your balance and to have a better tempo in your golf swing, but never stop going after the ball.

In fact, as a young golfer, one of the first tips of advice I ever received was “hit it hard.” Arnold Palmer also got this tip when he was a kid. It worked out just a bit better for him than it did for me, but the point is, going after the ball and accelerating to a full finish will only help you become a much better player.

Take a 2-minute Quiz and Step Up Your Game!

1. What do you want to improve in your full swing?

In Difficult Conditions, Listen to Your Brain, Not Your Ego

Golf course conditions can get difficult.

Maybe your course has experienced heavy rain and is incredibly slow and wet. Maybe it’s the windy season where you are, and it’s two or three-club wind each time you step over a golf ball.

The key is to make the game easier on yourself when the course conditions become difficult.

Let’s take, for instance, a day when it is incredibly windy.

You normally hit a 9 iron 120 yards, and you just hit a shot that only went 100. This is good information to have. The next time you have a 120 yard shot, chances are you will need your 7 iron.

Make this adjustment for the day, don’t worry about your total distances and averages; make the game easier on yourself and accept these quick adjustments.

Choose an appropriate club and make a smart and stable swing. Your brain knows what to do on the golf course in difficult situations; you are the one that must listen to it.

How many times have you seen an amateur golfer take a 3 wood out to hit a fairway bunker shot when they have a 3-foot lip in front of them?

That ball will NEVER get out of the bunker, but the ego has you thinking you can still make an eagle on the hole.

Stop doing this to yourself. Take a solid golf swing with a smart club, and watch your scores take a turn for the better.

golf ball going to hole hit by golfer at golf course

Never Swing Unless You Have a Specific Target

How often have you stood over a golf ball and just tried to hit it straight?

Hitting it straight is a good goal, but ultimately, without a target, you may never hit it straight. All golf shots need a specific target.

The “green” or the “fairway” is not specific enough. It leaves too much room for error, making it hard for you to pull off the shot.

Try to narrow your target down to a specific spot or a line that you can go after.

Don’t just aim for the center of the fairway with no specific target in mind. When approaching the green, the same thing can be said. I pick a spot somewhere on the green, not just the flag, where I want to hit my shot. Right before I take the shot, I look at the target again and make sure I’m dialed into this specific spot.

Learn more about shot dispersion in golf.

shot dispersion in golf example - target mid-green

Establish a Repeatable Routine (Time it!)

You probably already know that a pre-shot routine in golf is incredibly important. Without this routine, it’s difficult to repeat the same swing over and over.

However, there is another important feature of a golf routine that people often forget; the timing of it.

Let’s say your routine is to stand behind the ball, look down the fairway, take one practice swing, and then come around the side and hit the ball.

For some golfers, this routine may take 15 seconds, and for others, it could take 30. The key is to establish a pace to your routine and then keep that the same from one round to the next.

Think about it when compared to other sports.

For instance, running. If you are a runner who can run 9-minute miles, if you suddenly switch to an 8-minute pace, it will probably throw off your stride and make you feel much less efficient at first.

The same can be said for golf. Use the timer on your phone to just get a general idea as to what feels comfortable for you, and then use it for every shot. (Even when you practice!)

golfer wearing hackmotion wrist sensor and holding golf club

Movement is Not Always a Good Thing

There is a lot of movement in the golf swing.

Some twisting, some turning, some shifting but for some golfers, movement can be a negative.

Many players incorporate too much movement into their swing.

One of my favorite golf swing tips is to look at your swing and work on making it more efficient.

  • Are there movements you don’t need?
  • Does the club go past parallel at the top? Does it get you any extra speed?
  • How about your footwork and your weight transfer?
  • What if you stayed more stable?
  • Would you be more powerful?

Take some videos of your swing and compare them to those of a professional. Look at the swings frame by frame and pay close attention to things like head and hip movement.

HackMotion can give you an idea as to how to move your hands and wrists throughout the swing to ensure you are not becoming inefficient with those movements.

The Ground is Your Friend

The ground is your friend in the golf swing.

Ground forces allow you to gain both torque and power by utilizing the ground.

The legs and feet will help transmit the power you get from leveraging the ground into the body and arms to hit the ball further. The golfers that can get the most power are those that keep their weight centered in their feet.

The hips and body can coil while you are pushing down and through the ground with your impressive use of the ground.

Also, take a look at how you are utilizing the ground at impact; if your weight is on your toes or heels, it will be reflected in the divot pattern and the strike of your golf shot. I have found that golfers who work on improving the way they use the ground are much more consistent in the shots they hit on the golf course. Yes, your legs are powerful, but they generate their power by using the ground below them.

Master Alignment

I was helping a golfer recently who was very concerned that the ball was continually moving to the right. I asked if there was a turn in the ball, and they responded with, “no, it’s just straight right”.

The first thought that popped into my head was alignment.

Of course, it was a possibility that they were hitting a push every time, but I thought the larger possibility was the alignment being off. Sure enough, alignment was the issue.

To master alignment, always practice with an alignment stick down. You can use it as a guide.

Our eyes can play tricks on us when it comes to alignment. With so many variables in the game of golf, learn to eliminate alignment as a variable and setup to the target.

Manage Your Emotions

When you don’t manage your emotions on the golf course, hitting consistent shots becomes nearly impossible.

You must manage your emotions even when you hit the best shot of your life. Have you ever heard stories about amateur golfers who made a hole in one and then had an 8 on the next hole.

This is a classic example of not being able to manage emotions.

When a birdie comes in, that’s great. When a bogey comes in, you move on and look for the next birdie. Golfers with poor emotional regulation have turned what should be a 1 over par hole into a 3-over par hole rather quickly.

frustrated golfer jumping on his golf bag

The Left Arm Dilemma

One of the most commonly shared advice tips from one amateur golfer to another is to keep the left arm straight.

I think it’s so important to have that left arm straight at impact and even at times during the backswing, but there are parts in the rest of the swing that having a left arm (too) straight will cause issues.

Golfers that are thinking of their left arm straight when they stand over the golf ball are going to be more likely to lift the club up with their hands and not incorporate the lower body.

You can use the left arm straight concept when you play golf, but make sure you know when to use it and how it will impact ball flight.

We see many golfers’ swings with too much extension at the top simply because they are focused on keeping that left arm dead straight on the entire backswing.

Equipment Matters (It Doesn’t Need to Be New)

The equipment you use will impact your golf swing. I have played with golf shafts that are too long or too heavy, and they throw off my swing dynamics. I won’t tell you to fill your bag with new equipment, but you need to fill it with the right equipment.

Going for a custom golf club fitting will help you determine which equipment fits your game. Sometimes as simple as a lie, angle adjustments can help you get a better setup and more consistency at impact.


Here are a few common questions about the best golf swing tips.

What are 3 tips to improve your golf swing?

To improve your golf swing, create a repeatable pre-shot routine, develop a takeaway incorporating both the upper and lower body, and learn what the proper wrist position looks like at impact.

What is the best way to correct a golf swing?

The best way to correct a golf swing is to combine practice and technology. Technology like HackMotion can pinpoint issues, and then you put the time in to make sure they get corrected.

How can I truly improve my golf?

To improve golf, you will need to study and invest time. Golfers who can improve and self-correct their golf swings know what they are looking for. You must also use technology to check in on your progress and ensure you are succeeding in your improvement plan.

How many years does it take to get good at golf?

Golfers take about 3 to 5 years to feel like they are at a point where they are comfortable with the sport and playing well. For some golfers, this can happen in a year; for others, it takes a lifetime. There is a certain amount of natural ability factored in here, along with time and dedication.

How can I improve my golf swing for beginners?

Beginners should study the golf game and continue practicing and working on their game. The more you can repeat the same motion, the easier it is to get better. Beginners struggle because they have too much inconsistency in their game.

Final Thoughts

You should now feel that you have a few things you can work on in your golf swing.

The most important part of implementing any of these swing tips is to start putting in the time.

With tools like HackMotion and a bit of time at the range, your golf swing can improve faster than you likely ever imagined.

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