What Must Happen in a Golf Swing?

By Wayne Lin

Your golf swing is the most important aspect of the game. A good swing will determine where your ball lands and how far it will go. Picking the right club, whether it is a hybrid, driver or putter, is only one step in the process of making a good swing. There are certain techniques that can be employed to help you produce a better swing.


The shoulders should never drop on the back swing or the down swing. If the shoulder drops, the swing will veer off course when the head of the club makes contact with the ball. Imagine a piece of wood being tied to your shoulders from the back.


Regardless of the grip you choose, ensure that you have a firm grip but do not squeeze the club as hard as you can. A firm grip with some "give" will allow you to have better control of your club and your swing. A loose grip can cause you to change the direction of the club.

Head Down

It's the natural tendency for the golfer to look up before they complete the swing, because they want to see their shot. This can cause the golfer to lose concentration on the swing. Never look up until the swing is completed.


Rotating your hips too far one way can lead to bad swings. Your hips are essentially the most important body parts used in the swing because they control your upper body, which is crucial to the swing. Rotate them slightly so your downswing is not so jerky.


Your stance is important because you are targeting the spot where you want to hit the ball. Be comfortable, not mechanic. Keep your left foot (right-handed golfers) in line with your left shoulder and the right foot in line with the right shoulder.


About The Author

Wayne Lin has played four years of golf at the collegiate level and coached junior competitors. He has written articles about golf for local newspapers and magazines. To date, Lin has played at over 90 golf courses across the United States and continues to compete in local competitions. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oklahoma.


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