Tips From a Pro: How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Golf is played best with a trusted golf swing. See what Derek DiStefano, a PGA golf pro at the Golf Club at South Hampton, had to say about improving your swing with these five steps.

Year-round golf on Florida’s First Coast is played best with a trusted golf swing. Derek DiStefano, a PGA golf pro at the Golf Club at South Hampton, believes that the key to improving your swing relies on both balance and acceleration.

DiStefano also suggests these five tips:

1. Swing  Easy, especially when it's breezy, and accelerate through the ball.

Most power comes from the club and not from the body. Let the club do the work. Use club technology to help you gain more yards.

2. Initiate the swing with your left shoulder.

Your right hand is guiding your club head throughout the plane of your swing. Let your left shoulder start your initial downswing and keep the right hand fluid through contact.

3. Keep your head as still as possible.

You hear this tip so much because it is an important one. The less movement in your swing, the less room for error. A still body creates more consistent results.

4. Keep your weight centered on your insteps as much as possible. 

A solid base should be your initial thought while addressing the ball. Make sure your body weight is balanced on approach and hold through your finish.

5. Finish the swing with your belt buckle target.

Hip rotation is key for more accurate results. Clear your hips through impact and keep your belt buckle and shoulders square to achieve the best accuracy.


Ready to take your golf swing to the next level? Take a look more instruction details and instructors available at the Golf Club at South Hampton. If you want more tips? See what this pro at the PGA Tour Golf Academy in St. Augustine had to say about improving your game.

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