Fundamentals of the Golf Swing

The golf swing includes a number of elements that when they come together, can help you sink a beautiful shot at the right moment. Your posture, how you grip the golf club, and how you follow through with your swing, are all import as they work together to help you move the ball across the course. Doing so correctly can help improve your shots overtime while reducing personal injury risk. The more you practice, the better your swing will be and it will become natural as you play more rounds.

The Importance of Good Grip, Posture and Stance

Beginners are encouraged to learn about the fundamentals of the golf swing. These are areas that are most important to helping you hit the ball with the best approach. Keeping your head steady through the swing is important, but many beginner golfers may find this difficult to do. Your contact with the ball should be solid. This is where your grip, posture and stance play a big role in helping you complete smooth shots.

The grip is how your hands are placed on the golf club. Your hands should work together but be comfortable at the same time. The overlapping grip is a prime example and you can get visual examples of how different grips are used by reviewing grips of professional golfers. Posture helps you maintain good contact with the ball. This means your knees should be slightly bent with arms hanging naturally and shoulders relaxed. The spine is angled away from the target at about 10 degrees. As you drive the ball your feet should be spread shoulder width length.

Backswing and Downswing

To help hit solid shots you need to consider your backswing. Avoid jerking back with the club to help make the swing smoother. Your shoulders and hands should move together as one when you swing. Your left arm should be in line with the shaft of the club. Your shoulder turns in front of your chin when a complete swing is made. As you follow through with your swing, turn your upper body to help resist the lower portion. Try not to take your club back too far when you swing or you could strain yourself at the top of the shot. Your downswing should have a smooth balanced return with your weight moving forward from one foot to the other (left to right).