Sometimes it can be very confusing to process so much information available when you are learning to golf. It can become over-complicated. This article will help you attain some simple basics to put into practice for great results.
To get a good swing, you need a good set-up. The set-up and grip are both crucial to getting good consistent shots. So ensure that you have a good grip. Whether it’s the overlap, the interlock or the ten finger baseball grip, you should have a light grip pressure you want to be relaxed. The “Vs” formed by the thumb and forefinger should point toward your right eye.
Next, you want to ensure that you’re set-up correctly. Firstly, check your alignment at address. To do this, imagine a line going from your ball to your target and stand parallel to this line. Then ensure that your body – hips, shoulders and feet are square, parallel to one another and the target line. Next aim your clubface at the target.
Now that you’re correctly aligned, you need to ensure that your stance and posture are correct. Firstly, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart (the width of the stance should, however, vary depending on the club, but this is just a basic set-up for now), then bend at the hips and flex your knees.
Make sure that you set-up with your weight on the balls of the feet and evenly balanced between your front foot and your back foot. You should then tilt your spine just slightly away from the target. You should now have the correct grip, and set-up position just make sure that you feel relaxed and that you have a nice light grip pressure.
Basic Swing Shape
I want to give you a quick understanding of the basic swing shape. Basically, the swing moves in a circular shape. The “swing path” and the “swing plane” refer to two different but related things.
Let me explain… the ‘swing path’ refers to the path your swing takes and the ‘swing plane’ relates to the angle of the swing path with the ground.
So these terms are different, but very much interrelated as the swing path follows the plane. When this plane is tilted, it’s an inclined plane. It’s not vertical like a Ferris wheel but nor is it horizontal like a merry-go-round, but rather it is inclined somewhere in between.
Correct Body Rotation
A lot of golfers are so focused on where their club is through the swing that they forget to rotate their body properly. Turning your body correctly gives the swing power and accuracy. So before you begin the swing, you should have your hips and shoulders parallel.
The rotation begins with the hips and shoulders. The hips complete their rotation before the shoulders in the backswing. The downswing rotation continues with the hips leading first followed by the shoulders.
The Importance of a Square Clubface
Having a square clubface from address to impact is vital for good golf. If your clubface opens or closes through the swing or at impact, then you are going to hook or slice the ball. Getting solid square contact with the ball at impact will produce an accurate, straight shot.
The clubface, of course, needs to be square to the ball at impact. If you’re opening or closing the clubface in the swing, then when the club gets back to the ball at the impact it’s going to be open or closed not square as it should be.
If you maintain a square clubface throughout the full swing, then it will be much easier to return the clubface square at impact. To ensure that your clubface is square, you need to make a slow practice swing and take a look at the clubface position at certain points in the swing.
So set-up with the clubface square behind the ball. Next, bring the back until it is horizontal to the ground – shaft parallel to the ground. At this point, the toe of the club should be pointing towards the sky at about 12 o’clock – this is a square clubface position.
Continue to rotate the club back until you reach the top of the backswing. At the top of the backswing, the clubface should be toe down; this is a square clubface position. By keeping the clubface square in the backswing, it will be much easier to maintain the clubface square in the downswing and through impact.
Now get out to the course…
So use these three basic tips, implement them into your game and most importantly – practice!
If you do all of these, then you will build a great swing.
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