Critical Golf Swing Tips

Though the golf swing can seem complicated, there are only a few key critical fundamentals to remember that are inherent in just about any golf swing.  Here are some essential golf swing tips for the golf swing.  Whenever you are working on your golf game, review and practice these golf swing tips to engrain the proper golf swing movements into your full swing.

Golf Swing Tip 1: Setup

1. Golf Grip – Using the Overlap golf grip employed by the vast majority of golfers, take the little finger of your right hand and place it between the index and middle finger of your left hand (or leading hand).  Your left-hand thumb should fit snugly in the lifeline of your right hand.  Ensure that your golf grip pressure is light, so that amount of wrist hinge throughout your swing is fluid. On a scale of 1 to 10 where ten is “tight,” and one is “loose,” you should strive for a “5 to 6” golf grip pressure.
2. Posture and Stance – Placing your body weight in the middle of your feet, tilt from hips approximately 30 degrees to achieve a proper spine angle. Keep your knees slightly flexed and your back straight while your arms hang freely.  Keep your chin up and off your chest.
3. Ball Position – Driver – three balls forward from the center (aligned with the heel of the left foot). 3, 5 Wood & Hybrid (also 1-4 Irons) – two balls forward from center. 5,6 & 7 Iron – one ball forward from the center. 8, 9 & Wedges – ball in the center of stance.

Golf Swing Tip 2: Backswing

1. Shift body weight to the inside of right leg as the club is taken back.
2. As hands approach the waist, the wrists start to hinge/cock.
3. At the top of the backswing, left arm is straight, and 80% of weight is on the right leg; keep your right knee flexed.
4. Also, at the top of the backswing, strive for shoulder a turn of 90° and a hip turn of 45°.

Golf Swing Tip 3: Downswing

1. Your first movement in the downswing is to shift the weight of your body to left, then hips, arms and shoulders unwind to impact.
2. At impact, the club is released by unhinging wrists and delivering the club square through ball—keep your head behind the ball at impact.
3. As your body turns toward the target through impact, arms and club extend down the target line.
4. At the finish, your belt buckle faces the target; the club is wrapped around the shoulder, and 90% of body weight is on left leg with right foot on toes.

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