Understanding the Steps to Golf Swing

By: Rick Churchill

Almost any golfer who has a passion for the sport wishes to improve their game and there are many ways to do such a thing. One way is to hire a golf trainer and many a professional golfer has done just this but many amateur golfers may not have the resources or time to use this technique. One way to improve your golf game is to learn how to perfect your long drive swing and in order to do this, it is necessary to understand the mechanics of the golf swing. A good golf swing can be broken down into the backswing, the downswing, the connection with the ball, and above all else, understanding the fact that there is no perfect swing that works for everybody. This article will explore the different aspects of the golf swing and what methods you can employ to improve yours.

The backswing is obviously the first step in starting a good golf swing and because it is the step that many golfers fail at, the entire swing is doomed to failure. Many golfers dont understand that a good backswing starts with the arms and not the hands and that you want to draw back in a one piece motion. Assuming that you are right handed, you want your left shoulder and hips to turn which transfers your weight to the right side as you bring the club back. A golfers hands should begin to set at waist level and as the club continues to climb, the shoulder should continue to turn as you reach the top of the swing. It is important not to over swing at the top as this will create negative club speed and inconsistent swings.

Once you have mastered the backswing, it is time to learn how to follow through with the downswing where you return the club head to the ball with a high but controllable speed. If your downswing it too hard then you will likely have a bad drive so it is important that you dont try to rely on pure force to drive the ball. Many inexperienced golfers will try to lead the downswing with the left side causing the club head to slide ahead of the ball and causing a weak, slicing shot. A more effective method is to pull with your left arm at the top which creates a more consistent swing as all of your body parts are moving together.

Even after mastering the backswing and downswing, many golfers tend to fail at the completion, trying to hit the ball low and to the left which makes it difficult to get the ball airborne. In golf, it is important that when connecting you should hit the ball high and not to the left and the club face should stay square for several inches past impact to maintain proper flight of the ball. In addition to keeping the club face square, you must also make sure that the weight you transferred to the right side in the backswing switches back to the left side at impact. If you have a good finish, your right knee will be facing the target, your right foot will be up so all spikes are visible, and your hands will be close to your left ear.

The perfect golf swing that works for every golfer is a myth because the true perfect golf swing is a very personal thing. While the techniques described above are important, it is also important that you find the correct swing that works for you. If you watch professional golfers on TV you will notice that while most have very differing swings, they all have one thing in common which is consistency where their swing is utterly identical each time with the same results in direction and distance. Consistency is indeed the key and after you learn what works for you, you must practice to repeat the same swing over and over again.

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