We’ve all seen the world’s best golfers perform flawlessly week after week on various professional tours. They have golf swing that appear to be so natural, efficient, and consistent that replicating them appears impossible.
In this section of the site, my goal is to simplify the complex actions that combine to form classic golf swing tips and encourage you to incorporate them to improve your golf swing. Consider it a painting by numbers with the goal of producing a masterpiece!
I’m confident that with my assistance, you can begin to play the best, most efficient, and consistent golf you’ve ever played, and above all, play the best golf you’ve ever played.
Golf Swing Takeaway: Building a Strong Foundation
To start your golf swing, if you’re right-handed, turn your left shoulder under your chin. To play golf keep your left arm straight and your hands relaxed, without bending your wrists or rotating them yet, until the club reaches hip height.
When the club is parallel to the ground, make sure the end of the club points toward your target. If you have a mirror, use the view from the side to check this position.
- The club head should block your view of your hands. When looking from the side, the bottom of the club should be parallel to your spine angle.
- Using an extra club, you can easily practice a good golf swing takeaway at home or at work. The goal is to make it feel natural enough that you don’t have to think about specific points or swing paths on the golf course.
- For the next 7-10 days, I recommend making 15-20 good takeaways three times a day. Also, before each takeaway swing, double-check your setup position.
Golf Backswing (Halfway Back Position): Setting the Stage
So, let’s break it down in everyday American terms: We focused on the really important takeaway part. Now, our next thing to check is when you’re halfway back in the swing…
Once you’ve got that good takeaway position down and the club’s nicely in place halfway back, doing a full swing becomes pretty straightforward.
- When the club is at a good takeaway spot (around hip height), start letting your wrists tilt upwards.
- Stand in front of a mirror right behind you to make sure the club is on the right path – the end of the club should be pointing straight at the ball.
- And when you look down the line, your hands should be right in the middle of your chest.
- Remember not to twist or turn your wrists too much – that’ll make the club too flat.
- Instead, think of your wrists moving like they’re hinging or cocking.
Top of Golf Swing Position: Reaching the Pinnacle
Alright, so let’s talk about nailing that golf swing. It all begins with a solid takeaway and smoothly transitions into a good halfway back position. But here’s the key: as you keep going, you want to make sure you’re in a great spot at the top of the swing.
Well, that top-of-the-backswing position has a big say in how your downswing goes and how the club connects with the ball.
During the backswing, we’re aiming to build up as much power as we can while still maintaining control and consistency.
- Twist your shoulders to about 90 degrees, finding that sweet spot where it feels comfortable.
- Keep an eye on your knees and legs – don’t overdo the movement there.
- And make sure your head stays at the same height. Plus, keep that left arm strong and steady, no bending allowed.
- Now, let’s talk balance. About 60% of your weight should be on the instep of your right foot, while your left foot should stay planted.
- This balance is key to a smooth swing.
- Grab a mirror and stand facing it to check your swing length.
- Don’t let it go past the 3 o’clock mark. And hey, check out this short video for a great reference on where your right hand should be at the top of the swing.
Another trick to nailing that top position is to focus on your right hand’s placement. Get it right, and your swing will be on point.
Golf Downswing (Transition): Unleashing the Power
In this series so far, we’ve covered getting a good takeaway, moving into a solid halfway-back position, and completing the backswing with a strong top position.
Now, let’s talk about the next step in the golf swing sequence: the transition. This is the point where you start the downswing.
- The transition is a really crucial part of the swing and something that many amateur golfers struggle with.
- To start the downswing, first, shift your hips to the left by making a small lateral slide or a ‘bump’.
- Bring your right elbow down and slightly backward towards your right hip pocket at the same time.
- This will also help your weight shift forward onto your left foot. To make this happen quickly, push off your right foot.
- As your hips begin to turn, your body will unwind, and your chest should rotate past the golf ball, pulling your hands forward. Imagine your hands leading the club as you make contact.
Golf Swing Impact Position: The Moment of Truth
All the attention we’ve devoted to achieving a favourable setup and stance, guiding the club smoothly back to the pinnacle of the backswing, and then executing a seamless transition into the downswing all converge at a single crucial juncture…
The moment of impact.
Every aspect we’ve delved into concerning your setup and golf swing thus far has been orchestrated to position you for an optimal impact – with maximum ease and consistency.
Keep in mind, the actions leading up to impact (your setup, your backswing, etc.) dictate the manner in which you approach impact and, ultimately, the quality of your ball strike. Avoid the error of attempting to contrive an impact stance without a foundation of solid fundamentals.
If you’ve faithfully followed the preceding videos and drills in this series, the golf club should be tracing the correct path toward the ball, and the clubface should be directed accurately.
The golf club ought to descend at the appropriate level. Its contact with the golf ball should occur toward the bottom rather than the top. Additionally, it’s essential to ensure that the club does not contact the ground prior to making contact with the ball, as this would result in a “fat shot.”
- The club should be in its swiftest motion (faster than any other point during the golf swing) to generate maximal power and distance.
- Roughly 80% of the body weight should be concentrated on the left side, and the right heel should begin to lift, offering minimal resistance at impact.
- At the point of impact, the hips and shoulders should be oriented in an open position. The head should be turned back, gazing toward the rear of the golf ball.
- The hands are positioned in front of the ball, particularly when using an iron. Depending on where you place the golf ball, your hands will either be in front of it or aligned with it upon impact.
Golf Swing Extension & Rotation (Release): Unleashing the Clubhead
The impact position was discussed in the previous lesson. Golf coaches will discuss proper extension and forearm rotation through the golf ball immediately after impact.
Even though I’ve placed this lesson before the impact lesson, rotation of your forearms and hands begins just before contact with the golf ball and doesn’t end until after impact. This dynamic rotation of the ball make a lot of extra power, which many club-level players don’t have.
- You should feel this immediately after making contact with the golf ball. As if the golf club extends all the way down the line of your target. Consider how a heavy club would straighten and extend your arms away from your body rather than buckling and wrapping around it.
- To avoid lifting out of the shot too early (a common cause of slice shots), maintain your spine angle as your body turns through and beyond the golf swing impact position.
- To assist with this, keep your chest pointing down towards where the ball was for as long as possible.
- There will be a natural rolling or rotation of the forearms and hands as you extend your arms.
- On the, you should feel your forearms begin to rotate around the hip level.
- They should rotate through to the hip level of your follow through on the downswing.
At this point, your right hand should be on top of your left (and vice versa for left-handed golfers), and the badge on your glove should face the ground.
Golf Swing Follow Through: Completing the Motion
A lot of new golfers think that what goes on during the last part of their swing doesn’t really matter once they’ve smacked the ball. However, a nice-looking, balanced follow-through in your golf swing isn’t just for show; it serves an important purpose…
This role is to connect the start and finish positions so that your body can train itself to run the same sequence every time.
- Your momentum and club speed should propel you round and up to a balanced finish.
- Check that your belt buckle is facing the target and that your chest is at or slightly to the left of the target.
- 95% of your weight should be on your left foot, which should remain planted in the same place it began.
- Check that your right foot only touches the ground with the tip of the toe and is not resting on the ball of the foot, as this will allow too much weight to remain on the right foot.
- You should be able to maintain this poised position for at least a few seconds, or until the ball lands.
Same Swing, Different Clubs: Adapting for Success
While the basic principles of the golf swing remain constant, different clubs necessitate minor adjustments. Longer clubs, such as drivers, necessitate a wider stance and a lower swing plane. Shorter clubs, such as wedges, require a more upright swing and precise control.
- After learning the fundamentals of a great golf swing, avoid making too many changes when using different clubs.
- Make sure you understand how ball positions change with different clubs and incorporate that knowledge into your setup.
- Make a note of how far you should stand from each club, using the 1-inch-above-the-knee method.
- Aside from those minor tweaks, go ahead and trust your swing!
New Golf Ball Flight Laws: Understanding the Dynamics
Understanding modern ball flight laws in golf can help you self-diagnose your own swing flaws and quickly correct them.
Instead of just whacking a bunch of balls at a driving range and hoping that doing it over and over again will fix that annoying slice or hook, you can actually use how the golf ball moves to get really precise information about how you’re swinging the golf club.
Ball Flight Laws of the “Old” vs. the “New”
At the moment, there’s a lot of discussion about ball flight dynamics…
You can find a lot written on the Internet about “old ball flight laws” versus “new ball flight laws,” and how the old laws are completely defunct (despite being taught by some PGA professionals).
A lot of this information is overly complicated, especially for the average golfer looking for practical advice on how to improve his or her game.
There are only two factors that influence the shape of your golf shots.
When you make a golf swing, two factors determine the direction and flight path of the golf ball. The first is your swing path, and the second is the club face angle at impact (the club face angle is a much bigger contributor, but we’ll get to that later):
The first factor is the swing path.
The path or direction that the golf club travels during the downswing and through impact with the golf ball is referred to as the swing path.
When we discuss swing path, we always refer to the ball-to-target line:
In relation to our ball-to-target line, there are only three possible swing paths:
- out – to The club head travels from outside to inside. the target line, across it, after this inside it. In effect, the club’s path is to the left of the ball-to-target line.
- In-to-out – the club head travels from inside the target line, across it, and then outside it. As a result, the club’s path is to the right of the ball-to-target line.
- Straight – when the club head makes contact with the ball, it travels straight down the ball-to-target line.
Perfecting your golf swing is a journey that necessitates commitment, practice, and ongoing improvement. You can build a solid foundation for your golf game by breaking down the swing into distinct phases – from takeaway to follow-through – and understanding the nuances of each stage. Implementing these golf swing tips, adapting them to different clubs, and aligning with current ball flight laws will undoubtedly improve your performance on the course.
So, walk confidently onto the fairway, knowing that you have the knowledge to improve your swing and have a more rewarding golfing experience.