If you don’t follow Max Homa on Twitter…you should. Many amateur golfers have turned to Homa to critique their golf swing. Now these aren’t just any critiques, these golfers are getting some 3rd degree burns and they are loving every minute of it.
This looks like if Jon Rahm’s swing got addicted to hard drugs https://t.co/68ylE2QxTE
— max homa (@maxhoma23) April 8, 2020
This is no mean-spirited ribbing and Homa has even talked about how interacting with other golfers in such a way makes him love the game that much more. Recently, he even teamed up with Gillete to capitalize on the popularity of his epic roasts. Their “72 Club” is not only a promotional play on the brand’s guarantee but will include golf teams who are able to shoot a 72 on the Nextgengolf City Tour.
“You don’t want to smell bad,” Homa says. “It sounds simple, but as golfers, you’re on the course for a long time” — all while giving regular golfers some incentive to improve their scores.
“It’s a really cool way of providing opportunity for people who love golf and want to play more,” Homa continues. “I’m fortunate enough to have tournaments set up for me every week. That’s not the case for everyone, and to help give people a reason to improve and ignite that competitive fire is really awesome.”
Homa seems like an obvious choice when we are looking for some great tips without subjecting yourself to a little lite mockery and here is what he says:
Your Range of Motion is a Little Stiff
Range of motion is something that can be improved. If you can’t get your body to fully turn as much as you need it to, this can really hurt your game. Long days sitting at a desk and using the computer contributes to this lack of flexibility. This mobility is necessary in your back, hips, wrists to help you to dial in your swing.
“Range of motion is a big deal,” Homa says. “I’ve noticed golf swings get really, really short. It’s nobody’s fault, that’s just where your backswing goes to.”
A poor range of motion doesn’t just prevent you from making fully turns, but can also cause other aspects of your swing to suffer.
“The most common problem I see in the golf swing is golfers sucking the clubhead way inside on the backswing, then coming over the top and hit a big slice,” Homa says.
While he does say that there is no one size fits all approach to locking in your swing, he does offer some tips to help with reversing range of motion issues. Homa suggests enlisting the help of a trusted golf coach paired with a solid routine that focuses on flexibility.
“Dustin Johnson can swing the way he swings because his body allows him to do that. I can’t quite do that at the moment,” Homa says, explaining that getting his hands high on the backswing is an area where he’s trying to get more flexible. “Not all of us have perfect range of motion. I have a whole list of correctives I work on every day to open up different areas of my body.”
He goes on to say that flexibility training is as equally important as going to the range, particularly when you cannot get full range of motion in your swing. I think we’ll take that cue and go work on some stretches.