In the world of golf, the word deceleration is a big time no-no. Golf swing deceleration refers to the action of slowing the club down before impact, which is something that is rarely – if ever – going to lead to a good shot.
If you want to play up to your capabilities on a regular basis, you need to make sure the club is accelerating properly all the way through the hitting area. This applies to every shot that you hit around the course, from a short putt all the way up to a long drive.
Of course, as is the case with pretty much everything else in golf, it is easier said than done to accelerate through all of your swings. There are a number of reasons why you might fall into the habit of decelerating, and it can be a hard habit to break once it is in place in your game.
However, if you are committed to the long term improvement of your game and you are willing to put in some work on the practice range, you can make this bad swing habit a thing of the past.
Swing Past the Ball
The first thing you need to do to break your deceleration habit is to focus on a spot past the ball as the true destination for your swing. Many golfers swing down with the idea that the ball marks the end of the swing – but that just isn’t the case.
A good golf swing goes all the way through the hitting area and up into a finish position each and every time. As you make your swing, think about moving the club quickly through impact and beyond without any slow down taking place until well after the ball has been sent into the distance.
Naturally, you still want to look at the ball while swinging, so this point is more about mindset than anything else. You shouldn’t be thinking of the ball as being a stop sign for your swing. Make it a goal to swing the club through to a balanced finish without any hesitation at the bottom of the motion.
When you think of the swing as a whole around-the-body motion as opposed to something that is only designed to swing down to impact, you will achieve greatly improved results.