Golf tip of the week: Compact swings create consistency

Keep the hands and club in front of the chest, similar to throwing an object with chest rotation. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The key to a well-balanced golf swing is staying connected and compact. Connected means keep the club in the center of the chest and the upper arms married to the upper part of the rib cage.

Compact means don’t take the hands up wildly trying to reach for more distance, stop the hands when the shoulders stop turning.

An excellent swing thought is imagine you are holding an object and you were going to toss it with the momentum of the chest rotating. The chest should rotate around the spine and the hands just let go of the object on the forward rotation, without pushing or changing shape. The palms of both hands should remain facing each other as they were in the beginning.

Add some right hip at impact for more power (left hip for the left-handed golfer).

A golf swing must remain tension free.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.