Golf swing tips for beginners
Golf has grown in popularity in the last decade. Anyone can start the game at any age, and all you need to get started is some good advice about the golf swing. The golf swing is a mechanical process that needs to be perfected and repeated properly each time.
Nice and Easy
No matter what you do with a golf swing, you will find that it goes much better when you take it nice and easy. You see professionals taking deep and slow breaths before they strike the ball on an important shot, and there is a reason for this. Your golf swing should be in tempo with your breathing, and that is why professionals attempt to maintain their breathing in important situations. Learn to use your breathing as a tempo indicator with your golf swing and you will find that you can maintain a smooth tempo in any situation.
Square to the Target
You will hear the phrase "square to the target" frequently if you take golf lessons. It means you want to try to make sure you are facing the right direction when you are getting ready to swing the club. Your shoulders should point at the target, and your feet should line up squarely under your shoulders as you address the ball. As long as you are pointing your shoulders and feet squarely at the target, you should be able to get the ball where you want it to go.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
The teaching phrase "keep your eye on the ball" has been used so often that it has become a punchline for many jokes. Keeping your eye on the ball is something people are taught, but they are sometimes not told why they need to keep their eye on the ball. When you keep your eye on the ball, you are keeping your head down during the swing. If you do not allow your head to come up, then it is impossible for your shoulders to come up. That means you are able to keep your shoulders in place throughout your swing if you keep your eye on the ball. If you lift your head with your swing to watch the ball fly, then you will lift your shoulders and probably miss the ball completely.
Keeping your eye on the ball also helps to improve your chances of making solid contact with the ball. Pick out a spot on the back of the ball that you want to contact with the clubface and then focus on that spot as you swing the club. You will find that if you practice this enough, your hand-eye coordination will improve dramatically, and you will consistently make solid contact with the ball.
Just starting in the world of golf? Here are our top six steps to a perfect swing...
1. Basic golf swing tip: Set Up
Below are the five key steps for the correct set up...
1. Ball position
2. Stand up straight
3. Form a straight spine
4. Flex the knees slightly
5. Stick out your rear end
2. Basic golf swing tip: Takeaway
Below are the five key steps to an efficient takeaway...
1. The first two feet of the takeaway are crucial
2. Left arm and shoulder should move together
3. Maintain a line between the shaft and left arm
4. Keep the elbows together
5. Keep right leg flexed
3. Basic golf swing tips: Backswing
Below are the five key steps to a stable backswing...
1. Collapse left knee
2. Keep left arm straight but not rigid
3. Turn your body in a barrel
4. Weight remains on balls of feet
5. Keep your grip pressure constant
4. Basic golf swing tip: Downswing
Below are the five key steps to a powerful downswing...
1. Turn left hip then follow with arms and shoulders
2. Keep head still
3. Consistent spine angle
4. Move firmly onto left foot
5. Hit hard with your right hand
5. Basic golf swing tip: Impact
Below are the five key steps for more consistency at impact...
1. Shoulders slightly open
2. Left arm slightly flexed
3. Hips half-facing target
4. Right knee kicked in
5. Weight on left foot
6. Basic golf swing tip: Follow-through to finish
Below are the key five steps to finish off your swing in style...
1. Strong grip
2. Rotate forearms
3. Toe of the club should pass the heel
4. Raise the right foot
5. Belt buckle facing the target
As your interest in golf grows, you’ll begin to read golf magazines, watch golf infomercials and be tempted by “revolutionary golf swing programs” on the Internet.
If you’re not careful, you can fall into the trap of chasing that many different techniques and opinions that you end up with a disjointed golf swing and a head full of conflicting thoughts.
The fundamentals you’ll learn on this site are proven and time-served. Stick to them.
Grip The golf grip is the way the club is held in the golfer’s hand. For right-handed golfers, the left hand is at the top of the club with the right hand immediately below it. The positioning is reversed for left-handed players. There are three common kinds of grips: the baseball grip, in which both hands grip the club like a baseball bat; the interlocking grip, in which the pinky finger on the bottom hand and the pointer finger on the top hand interlock; and the Vardon grip, an overlapping grip in which the pinky finger of the bottom hand rests in the gap between the pointer finger and middle …