What Is a Proper Golf Swing?

By Steve Silverman

A proper golf swing is one that can be repeated every time the golfer goes to the tee or lines up in the fairway. When a golfer feels like he can hit an accurate shot at a reasonable distance nearly every time he addresses his ball, he has built a proper swing. Learn how to do it.

The Stance

Stand 18 to 24 inches from the ball and make sure it is midway between your front and back leg. Slightly bend your knees and make sure your left shoulder is facing the target. Look down, and your left foot should be directly under your shoulder. If you have done this, you have squared yourself to the target.

The Swing

Rotate your hips to the right, and as you do this bring your hands back. After you have rotated fully, bring your hips through the hitting zone and your hands will follow. Bring your hands through the hitting zone and they should end up at shoulder height.

Head Position

Keep your head down throughout your swing. One of the biggest problems most golfers face--especially beginners--is that they pick their heads up in order to get a look at their shot fly down the fairway. In doing this, they take their eyes off the ball and don't hit it correctly. Keep your head down until you have finished your follow-through and your club has reached shoulder height.

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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