Golf Swing - Why Rotation Is So Important

By: Dean Caporella

Developing a good golf swing is more than just hitting the ball. In fact, the experts will frown upon the use of the word "hit" because in actual fact, it's a swing and until you grasp the concept of it, then you may struggle to improve your game any time soon.

The Stance Is Vital

It's the foundation of your golf swing. Build a solid foundation and the rest of the house has firm ground to stand on. The golf swing is no different. Try these simple steps.

Get your feet right in relation to the pin. As you stand at the tee in your normal stance, lay the shaft across your feet so it's touching the toes on either foot. This will give you a good idea of where your feet are in relationship to the pin. Make sure the club is aiming directly for the pin. If not, then simply adjust the shaft until it is and position your feet accordingly so your toes touch the shaft.

That's the first part of your stance. The second involves the shoulders and hips which should also be in line with the club. The idea here is to get you used to being in a parallel angle to the target your aiming for. Practice this with the aim of making sure the shoulders and hips are parallel with the imaginary line running across the tip of your toes towards the flag.

Executing The Golf Swing

The golf swing is all about rotation and balance. You have your feet in the right position. Now to execute it. Remember, you are not hitting the ball as such but actually swinging at it.

As you stand over the ball, your left arm should be straight while your right arm will be in a slightly bent position. The weight of your body should be on the balls of your feet and not your heels. This is extremely important because if the weight is planted firmly on your heels then the chances are you will skew the ball left or right.

Before the golf swing is executed, it's important to be as relaxed as possible and one way to achieve this is to jiggle as you take aim at the ball. I used to think this was something for show purposes only but in actual reality, it's an important part in golf basics. It's a way of distributing your weight evenly before the swing motion and relaxes you before the shot.

Remember the rotation. When the back swing commences, it's the rotation of the body that counts. You are not starting the back swing with the hands. It's almost as if the rotation of the body moves the arms into motion. Practicing rotation is a great way to commit this action to memory.

The back swing moves in a fluid motion and when the down swing commences, your right foot is still firmly planted. The first time it actually moves will be at the point of impact. When you have completed the follow through, your body should be facing the target.

Golf Swing Basics

The golf swing can be mastered through solid practice. Initially, ask someone to watch you go through the motions and point out any flaws so you can correct them. Remember, once all the preliminary work is perfected and it's time to play the shot, think rotation.

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