Probably the one mistake many amateur golfers make is overswinging. In fact, its probably the #1 mistake for poor and missed shots.
One of the solutions is to try and take your swing back to the simple basics. This includes shortening your swing.
Right now, I am overswinging the golf club. My club is going past parallel (a sure sign of over swinging) and when this happens, many variables are affected.
When you’re club moves past the parallel position (unless your John Daly), typically your weight transfer is shifted TOWARD your left foot to early. This allows you to come over the top, outside to in, dimish the clubface angle, pull/cut it, and lose power. Many golfers can get away with it, but typically, it’s a problem for most.
Try shortening your swing to a 3/4 position. Meaning, instead of taking it to parallel, try stopping your swing short of parallel.
A tip to accomplish this effectively is to stop your swing when your left shoulder touches your chin.
At this moment, you should prevent swinging the club back any further. With practice, you will get in a habit of keeping your swing shorter and tighter.
When this happens, your consistency, trajectory, swing control, and balance will all improve. You may hit the ball farther as well.
Remember, when your left shoulder makes contact with your chin, cease your backswing and begin your transition into your downswing.
Overswinging causes your swing to get loose, so when you shorten it, the swing can actually get ‘tighter’ which provides you more control.
Does it work for you?