How to Understand the Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

Golfers who put a lot of time in their game can understand what it takes to swing the golf club consistently. However, to say that any golfer fully understands the golf swing is a stretch. Golfers are always trying to improve their knowledge and understand what it takes to swing the club successfully. The swing is quite fluid and the golfer has to make adjustments to build a consistent swing.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Begin your swing by taking an athletic position at address. You need to bend your knees and keep your feet shoulder width apart.
Step 2
Grip the club firmly but not too tightly. This is one of the biggest mistakes that golfers make at all levels of play. At some point in the round you may need a big shot and you decide to grip the club a bit tighter. Squeezing it tightly will prevent you from taking a full swing and getting full rotation of your hips and shoulders. Throttle down on the grip.
Step 3
Square your shoulders to the target. In order for your swing to be effective, you want the club head to meet the ball at a 90 degree angle. In order to do this, you need to be aiming squarely at your target.
Step 4
Hit down on the ball in order to get the ball high in the air when using your irons. By swinging down, your shot should fly high as long as your finish your swing high and you club head ends up at shoulder height.
Step 5
Turn your hips fully to the right if you want to generate power. Your hips will trigger your swing and your hands and shoulders will follow. After you have reached the apex of your backswing, rotate your hips fully to the left and let your shoulders follow. The full rotation of your hips followed by the full rotation of your shoulders will allow you to have good club head speed at impact.
Step 6
Shift your weight to the side away from the target on the top of your backswing, then to the opposite side on your downswing. This will increase your distance.
Step 7
Be sure to keep your head down until you finish hitting the ball. Looking up to see where the ball went before you finish hitting the ball can affect long shots by taking balls off-line and it affects the way you putt. Some players count to three after the swing is completed before they look up to see the direction of the ball.

Tips & Warnings

Go to the driving range frequently, such as three times a week, to work on your swing and practice your hip rotation. This will allow you to practice your swing technique with a variety of clubs during the week before you play on the weekend.
The greater the clubhead speed, the more power in the swing. Increasing your physical strength through weight training and physical activity will help build the physical strength needed to generate clubhead speed.

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.


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