Using the Golf Lever System to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

golfer in mid backswing.
The golf lever system is a method of swinging the golf club in a mechanical way so that the golfer puts a proper swing on the ball consistently. While this system is not for everyone, it can be very beneficial for those who have a hard time hitting the ball straight on a regular basis.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Think of your left hand and the golf club as the first lever in the lever system. Your left forearm is the second lever. Your left upper arm is the third lever. These three levers make up the lever system in golf. You will activate your first lever as you approach the ball on the down swing. As you take the club from the up position through the first half of the downswing, you have just activated lever No. 1.
  2. Activate the second lever as you get ready for impact. That is done when the forearm comes to the ball. The second lever is activated at nearly the same moment as the first lever is completed. This will get your body in position to hit the ball cleanly and directly.
  3. The third lever is activated after impact. You want to finish your swing with your hands high. In order to get there, your left upper arm has to finish the swing completely. Your natural inclination may be to stop your swing after impact and admire your shot, but that cannot happen or your will lose distance and accuracy. Finish your swing through the use of the third lever.
  4. Go to the practice range to work on your swing. Think of your swing being activated by three levers and use them each time you swing the club at the ball on the practice range. This will take some getting used to, but once you have hit two buckets of 50 balls (two practice sessions) you will adjust to it.

Tips & Warnings

  • The lever system is not meant to be a permanent change to your swing. However, it can help groove a swing that has been inconsistent.


About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.