Golf Help with Common Golf Swing Faults

With these free golf help tips you will be able to solve some of the most common golf swing faults with the fixes I have provided.

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Almost all swing faults are a direct result of poor basic fundamentals namely grip, stance, posture and swing plane.

Should you try to correct your faults without applying good fundamentals you will always struggle to improve. Therefore I strongly advise you to go back to “basics” and get a better understanding of them before continuing.

Once you understand the basics better, improvement will be a breeze.

Changes you make to your swing will feel uncomfortable, and it will only feel that way till the new way is repeated enough times.

It is important for you to understand that permanent change only takes place through repetition, perseverance, patience, and practice. Having a positive mind frame will also be a great help.

Are you unsure about how to improve?

Do you have a question? Why not write to me and let me help you.

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Typical Faults And Explanations How To Fix Them.

  • Golf slice
    You have to learn different swing feelings to change your swing. Take a look at the main faults that cause a slice.
  • Hook shot
    A better players swing problem and easier to correct than a slice.
  • Push shot
    Some basic causes and how to fix the them.
  • Pull shot
    The opposite to the push shot, find your fix here.
  • Shanking
    The most dreaded shot in golf. Learn how to solve this problem.
  • Topping the Ball
    There are many basic errors for topping the ball...
  • Hitting Behind the Ball
    Read what a visitor asked about this shot.
  • Golf swing power
    A power golf swing is not only determined by your build and strength....
  • Golf swing techniques - Learn why the conventional swing is still better than stack and tilt, and one plane swings.
  • Golf Improvement - Take The Mental Test Know where you are to plan your improvement.

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    I have a question about where my elbows should point when I address my ball.

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    No Follow Through 
    I don't follow through on my golf swing. Can you give me a drill that will help me? Thank you.

    Louis Reply

    There are basically two reasons for …

    Hooking Iron Shots -( except Pw) 
    I am 57 years old and playing golf 14 years. For years I struggled with a slice, then a fade, then straight, which I loved.

    Now all of a sudden this …

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    The Set-Up, Hands location from Wedge to Driver 
    Are the hands set the same distance away from the body on all clubs-----axis perpendicular to alignment?

    Secondly, on the parallel axis to alignment …

    Posture in Setup 
    Is the degree of spine tilt the same for all clubs in the bag?

    Louis Reply

    Yes most definitely. When I do a video golf swing analysis I measure …

    Range Mats to Grass 
    Hi Louis,

    I hit balls all winter off mats, always hate it, but its the only choice I have in the Chicago area. Ninety percent of the time I hit the …

    Across the Line Swing Plane 
    I have been as low as a 5 h'cap and right now I am really struggling.

    I tend to take the club inside and cross the line at the top then loop it to get …

    Hitting Behind the Ball 
    Love your website, especially the fundamentals section.

    I have a question regarding my cousin's swing. When he hits balls at the range with his irons …

    Golf Grip Technique Help 

    I been playing golf for 2 years, not good though, the problem I have is squaring my clubface at impact. I need help with the grip. I am lefty playing …

    Playing with a Pull Shot 
    I took a lesson in Hawaii and found out that I naturally set up aiming right of the target and then hit pulls with all clubs from Driver through 8, then …

    Top of the Back Swing 

    What should the club head look like at top of the back swing?


    The only concern is the position of your club face at the …

    Are my Clubs Right for Me? 
    Hi Louis,

    I am a 9 handicap and i have a set of Taylor Made rac LT os and I have a king cobra m-speed 10.5 deg driver with stiff flex shaft and my swing …

    Over the Top Golf Swing 
    I have a fairly flat swing and keep my right elbow in tight, but I feel like I am looping at the top of my back swing into my down swing because and I …

    Left Foot Lifting on the Back Swing 
    Hi Louis,

    Really enjoying your 'feel' approach to the golf swing! Adds dynamics into garage practice after work and golf swing mind experiments that …

    Head Games with Wedge Shots 
    Lou, How are you !!

    I'm now a registered (after 20 + rounds this year) as a 3.7 handicap.

    About once a round I have a mental breakdown when faced …

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    Missing my Target To The Left Not rated yet
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    Across the line at top of backswing Not rated yet
    How do I simply correct my club being across the line at the top of my back swing? It happens with all clubs.

    Louis reply

    Good question Ron! This …

    Left Arm In Backswing Not rated yet
    Does the left arm come across tight to the chest on the back swing?

    Louis reply

    Yes, But we need to careful about which part of your left arm! …

    Dribbling The Driver - Just Lost It! Not rated yet
    I had a great drive and I now started topping and dribbling the ball off the tee. It is almost like toeing it.

    Louis reply

    I have covered all …

    Learn To Draw the Ball Not rated yet
    How do I hit a draw?

    Louis Reply

    Drawing the ball gives you more distance and fortunately, there are a couple of ways to play this shot. You will …

    Straightening Back leg on backswing Not rated yet
    What is the result if you straighten your back leg on the takeaway.

    Louis Reply

    This is an interesting one and often confuses many golfers. The …

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    Golf Weight Shift  Not rated yet

    Here's a comment I recently received from a subscriber.

    Thanks for the golf weight shift drill you mentioned in this months news letter. I believe …

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    grip Not rated yet
    losing grip with right hand. probable cause?

    Lost Ball in GUR Not rated yet
    What is the rule if a ball is knowingly lost in GUR?

    Louis Reply

    If it is certain that the ball is in fact lost in an abnormal ground condition(GUR)through …

    A Golf Downswing Question Not rated yet
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    Hooking the Ball Not rated yet
    I am a right handed player and I am in the habit of hooking the ball. I have altered my grip, but although I have some success I am inconsistent.

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    Toe Shots Not rated yet
    What is the most common cause for the toe shot?

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    Golf Swing Release Not rated yet

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    Louis …

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    Heel Hits on the Clubface Not rated yet
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    Rules Question, Ball Hitting Tee Marker Not rated yet
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    Louis Reply

    No, you play the ball as it lies. Dam these rules!

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    Louis Answer:

    You can see from the lines I have drawn in the picture …

    Shanking Chip Shots Not rated yet
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    Hi Phil, …

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    Skying the Ball Not rated yet
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    My Answer:

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