The Fundamentals of Golf: What to Know About The Overswing

Famous Overswingers

If you want to see an extreme example of an over swing in the professional game, take a look at the long-hitting American golfer John Daly. He swings so far past parallel at the top of his backswing that the clubhead almost hits him in the ear. Daly's swing style comes from his junior golf days. Many junior golfers have this problem of overswinging because they are often using clubs that are too heavy for them. Using these heavy clubs causes them to over swing. Lady golfers will have the same problem because they are generally more flexible than men. Female golfers will go past parallel at the top of the backswing because they have a greater flexibility and greater range of motion.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Overswing

Most golfers who overswing have accuracy and control issues. They find it hard to keep the ball on the fairways and greens. However, there is a good side to the overswing - you get more power because the clubhead has more time to get to the ball on the downswing. This extra time and longer arc leads to more momentum and speed by the time it arrives at the ball. One other disadvantage of overswinging is that you lose tension at the top of your backswing. This loss of tension is costs you power because you're not building up the resistance and coil that you need to snap back into the ball on the downswing.

What's The Fix?

So here are a few tips on how to cure the overswing:

  1. First, make sure that your clubs are correct size for you. Make sure they are not too heavy. If you're a junior player, get a junior set. If you are a female golfer, do not play with men's clubs. Getting your equipment right will ensure that your overswing is not caused by using clubs that are too heavy.
  2. Make sure in your backswing that you keep resistance in your legs - especially your right leg. When you maintain tension in your legs on you backswing you build up coil at the top you backswing and turn your shoulders against the resistance of your hips.
  3. Ensure that you are gripping the club correctly. While you certainly don't want to strangle the club, holding the club with a grip that is too relaxed and loose and cause you to lose control of the club at the top. Make sure your grip is secure and that you are wearing a golf glove.

The Future Of Your Overswing

The good news is that your overswing will improve as you get older because you will become less flexible as you age. As your backswing shortens, so will the length of your drives. Most senior golfers would love to have the flexibility to overswing. Use the tips above to shorten your swing and you will see your accuracy increase, meaning your ball will be on the short grass more, and your will scores drop.

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