Not to long after golfs inception sometime in the Middle Ages, golfers were as they still are today, looking for that perfect golf swing. Well, maybe not like today, but I do wonder if golfers back then were as obsessively passionate as today’s golfers. Golfers today will do just about anything and try just about anything to achieve that perfect golf swings. Golfers spend lifetimes trying to perfect their golf swing. Hundreds of years of frustration, broken clubs and the unleashing of choice profanities has motivated the typical golfer to scrutinize their golf swings in hopes that they will master the perfect golf swing. In fact I would be surprised if some of the four letter words that we use today, weren’t conceived on the golf courses of yesterday.
The golf swing seems and looks simple enough. Why is it so hard to perfect? The golf swing is arguably one of the most complex and challenging intricate movements in modern day sports. It has been analyzed, broken down and arduously studied for many years. The golf Industry and Professional golfers spend millions of dollars a year on technology and golf gadgets to help analyze and hopefully fix what ever is wrong with their swings. Needless to say, this overload of information can be very confusing for someone just trying to learn the basics of the golf swing.
If you are a beginner golfer looking for golf swing tips, it is recommended that you try to keep the golf swing as simple as possible. You should break down the golf swing into these steps: setup, back-swing, downswing, and follow through. Each are equally important, so try to perfect each of the four areas of the swing and you will be on your way to hitting the golf ball long and accurate with more consistency.
Often the first mistake made by an amateur golfer, is improperly setting up to the ball. The setup starts with a good golf grip. Once you find a grip that works for you, Try to be consistent and keep the same grip with every swing. I would recommend that you use a strong golf grip, with light grip pressure. hold the club in your fingers and always keep your grip pressure light. If you grip the club too much in your palms, you will hinder your ability to hinge your wrist and use your hands effectively in the swing.
For your golf stance, your knees should be slightly flexed and your feet should be shoulder width apart. Ball position will vary, from club to club and from player to player. Longer clubs – driver, fairway woods and long irons should be placed forward in your stance (closer to your left foot) and shorter Irons place middle to back of your stance.
It is common for amateur golfers to assume that the back-swing is irrelevant in achieving a good golf swing. They couldn’t be further from the truth. A proper back-swing will insure that your club and body are in the correct position at the top of the back-swing. Allowing you to start the downswing in the optimal swing path. If you are out of alignment or off plane during your back-swing, you are unlikely to make a good shot. Most of us have been told – to keep our left arm (right handed players) straight throughout the back-swing. Keeping your leading arm straight throughout the back-swing anchors your arc to a consistent length, enabling you to return the club-head to the same spot where your swing began.
start the club-head back low, straight and smoothly along the ground. Keep your swing path inside the straight line to the target. Your wrist should start to hinge immediately, hands should stay close to the ground while the club-head moves up quickly. when your left arm is parallel to the ground (9 O’clock position) your club should be perpendicular to the ground. Get your left thumb pointing at the right shoulder as soon as possible. At the top of the back-swing your club should be pointing towards the target and your chin will be touching your left shoulder. Make sure to keep good posture and balance throughout the back-swing. A proper back-swing will lead to noticeably better ball-striking and, as a result, more consistent shots.
Now that you are in the optimal position at the top of your back-swing, the first move in the downswing should be the transferring of the weight. Your movement should start from the ground up, shifting your weight from your right heal to your left toes. As this happens your Arms and hands are bringing the club down. Make sure to keep the wrists hinged, casting with the hands will result in a loss of power. Your club-face needs to stay parallel to your left forearm.
Once your club has become parallel to the ground (the 9-O’clock position) your wrists should be hinged to a 90 degree angle with the club shaft. The toe of the club-head should be pointing up and the face of the club-head will be parallel to your left forearm.
At impact your hands should be ahead of the ball, your spine angle the same as it was at the address position and your hips and torso should be cleared and on their way to facing target. You will see a lot of tour players with their belt buckles already facing the target at impact. Your left arm should be straight and your elbows should be the same distance apart as they were at address. Finally, your club-face needs to be square at impact.
After impact the arms need to extent out towards the target, hips and torso should continue rotating until facing the target. finish your swing at your natural height with most of your weight on your left foot. Your body should be in an upright vertical position, no leaning back or forwards.