Learning to hit a golf ball properly is not easy. While you are hitting an object that is fixed and not moving, it is small and the ideal part of the hitting surface of the ball is small. The same thing holds true for the hitting surface of the club. To learn how to hit the ball consistently takes quite a bit of work. You need the correct stance, grip and you must learn the mechanics of the swing.
Address the ball correctly when you walk up to the ball. The correct hitting position includes having your left shoulder facing the target and making sure your left foot is directly under your shoulder. Your feet should be about shoulder length apart and you should play the ball about midway between your left and right feet. When you are on the tee, you can play the ball about one ball length closer to your left left foot than your right foot.
Grip the club firmly but do not choke it. You should be holding the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. Any looser than that and the club will likely move on impact with the ball. If you hold it tighter than that, you will have a hard time rotating your hips and getting your body into your swing.
Use your hips as the trigger to your swing. Rotate your hips to the right in order to begin your downswing. Do this at a smooth and steady pace. There is no need to try to move your hips quickly. That will upset the timing of your swing. Once you have brought your hips as far to the right as you can and you have followed with your hands, you are ready to begin the downswing.
Rotate your hips back to the left and as you do this, concentrate on the back of the golf ball. Many golfers will lose focus of the point that they want to hit the ball because they are anxious to watch it fly down the fairway. That should not be one of your goals. You need to keep your eye on the ball and try to look at the back of the ball as your make contact.
Follow through with your club through the hitting zone and do not stop until you have brought the club forward to shoulder height. That's when you can pick up your head and start looking for the ball. By leading with your hips on the downswing and follow through, you can build a steady and repeatable swing.
Tips & Warnings
Keep a firm grip on the club but do not choke it. That will limit your hip turn.