Forward Swing for Left-Handed Golfers

By Steve Silverman

After a left-handed golfer has turned his hips the to the right and brought the club back to shoulder level, he has completed the backswing. He can now bring the club forward and concentrate on making solid contact with his forward swing. A golfer needs to maintain solid positioning and and a good grip in order to make decent contact with the ball. This comes from being in the right position and executing the forward swing with confidence.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Make a fundamentally correct backswing in order to be in position to execute the forward swing. You should start off by standing about 18 to 24 inches from the ball, which should be midway between your front foot and your back foot. In order to execute your backswing, rotate your hips to the left and bring the club all the way to the top of your stance.
Step 2
Begin your forward swing by rotating your hips to the right. You want your hips to turn smoothly and not violently as they approach the ball. A hard and violent turn will almost always put the golfer off balance and make his shot difficult to execute.
Step 3
As your hips clear the hitting area, your hands should follow in a rhythmic manner. The hips need to turn and then your lead with your right hand to get the club in the correct hitting position.
Step 4
Square the club face to the ball once you have passed knee level on the forward swing. This is vital toward making solid contact. You have to know the pace of your own swing so you can turn the face so it will hit the ball on the sweet spot when you make contact.
Step 5
Pivot on your back (left) foot as you begin your follow through. This will enable you to keep the club head speed after impact and that will help you get maximum distance and accuracy with your shot.

Tips & Warnings

Use a quick hip turn to generate power on the forward swing but keep your rhythm. Don't try to overpower the ball or you will lose your balance.

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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