One of the most difficult issues that golfers over 50 struggle with more than younger golfers, is golf consistency. In this article we will tackle the top 5 issues you can address today, to achieve tour-like precision and consistency. Incidentally, regularly striking the sweet spot is one of the top issues affecting power and distance.
It seems that this is one of the primary reasons golfers fail to drill down and work on mechanics. Because, every now and again, it all comes together and they hit the ball great. They tend to believe they just need to keep practicing instead of exploring the root cause of the swing problem and changing the swing.
Remember this, every so often, the stars will align and golfers can play a fantastic round of golf with bad mechanics. But there exists little margin for mistakes – all the components must be working perfectly. This is the reason why the player has difficulty playing consistently good golf.
In contrast, the golf player with a sound golf swing can even strike the golf ball “well” on an off day…when the stars do not align. With good mechanics, you have a greater margin for error.
1. Let Us Begin With the Quick Tips
The following tips are easy and simple to incorporate.
Focusing on quiet legs is also one of our top tips to salvage a bad round of golf. Give it a try the next time you are having a difficult time with golf consistency.
2. Head & Spine Movement is Much More Difficult to Control in the Senior Golfer
Loss of flexibility is a big issue with senior golfers because in order to maintain their range of motion, they have to stretch. Some do and some don’t. Basically, you want your body to be in a consistent position while you swing the club: you want pure rotation and minimal side to side movement and up and down movement with your body.
Golfers over 50 struggle with this more due to bad posture.
In addition, golfers over 50 tend to lack enough neck rotation to keep the head still in the backswing. As a result the head rotates and pops up. As far as I am aware, nobody on the planet purposely moves their head this much and it makes consistency extremely difficult.
3. Right Foot Position at the Top of the Backswing
Again, one of the keys to golf consistency is to eliminate excessive and unnecessary moving parts. A key component of this is to prevent backwards swaying in the backswing.
If you feel your weight travel to the outside of the foot, than you are likely sacrificing consistency. The age old drill that you can use on the range, is to have a golf ball under the outside of your back foot while you swing and hit balls.
Just remember to allow your back foot to come off of the ball as you transition to impact and follow through.
4. Wrist Position at the Point of Impact
At the position of impact, the lead wrist needs to be flat and the trail wrist needs to be “cupped,” or bent.
This increases the odds that the golfer hits the ground and takes a divot before hitting the golf ball.
The golfer is also more likely to hit the ball thin because if the the club head reaches its lowest point behind the ball, it may only ascend to the golf ball.
As a result, the ball will typically be hit low on the club face missing the sweet spot, or worse, hitting the leading edge of the golf club.
When the leading edge hits the ball, it will roll on the ground (topping the ball) or result in low screamers that fly past the target. Either way, it is nearly impossible to be consistent unless your wrists are in the right spot.
5. Weight Distribution from Impact to Follow Through
One characteristic that all great iron players and swing methodologies have in common, is where your weight should be centered at impact and follow through.
Except The Driver
This is true with the exception of the driver and some tee shots. With the driver, you want to hit the ball on an ascending path. But you can get away with this, with consistency, because the ball is on a tee instead of being on the ground.
Finally, even with the driver, your weight should naturally finish on your lead foot with only the toes of the trail foot touching the ground.
Check these keys for tour-like precision and reliable results!
Thanks for reading!