How to Avoid Common Golf Swing Faults

Some golf swing faults are more common than others. Any golf teacher will tell you that they see the same few problems time after time while teaching amateurs to play better golf. If you are going to improve your own game, you will want to avoid these common, but difficult to fix, swing faults. Taking a quick look at your current swing should reveal if you are suffering from one or more of these issues. If you do find one in your swing, get to work right away to correct it so you can keep moving forward in your golf journey.

Rushing the Tempo

Among the most common swing faults is rushing through the tempo of the swing - especially at the top of the backswing. A good golf swing will slowly gather momentum from the top of the swing until the club is moving its fastest right at impact. If your swing feels rushed, work on taking a little longer at the top of the backswing to let your body "gather" and get ready for the downswing. Don't be in a rush to hit the ball - it isn't going anywhere.

Inside Takeaway

The inside takeaway, and the slice that usually results, is a frustrating fault to have in your swing. It is hard to believe that something as simple as taking the club a little bit too much to the inside could cause such big trouble, but it can. When you notice this problem in your swing, work on taking the club back using just the rotation of your shoulders and torso, and not your hands and arms. When you can make the first few inches of the backswing with your "big muscles", the club should be in a better position when you complete the backswing.

Leaning Back

Many amateur golfers make the mistake of thinking that the ball needs to be "helped" up into the air, so they lean back onto their back foot to try and lift the ball off the ground. That is a mistake that can rob you of both accuracy and power. Instead, make sure to stay balanced throughout your swing, and get your weight to move onto your front foot as you swing through impact. If you can make sure to finish with most of your weight on your front foot in the finish position, you should be able to avoid the dreaded "leaning back" position at impact.