Pre-Swing Fundamentals

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Pre-Swing Fundamentals
Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub-Category: Posture, Address/Set-Up, Follow-Through

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Pre-Swing Fundamentals

All good golf swings are built around the pre-swing fundamentals. If you get those right you have a chance to make a good golf swing, if they are wrong you are in trouble. The best way to get a good routine is to go about it in an orderly fashion. First, you have to simply pick a target line, pick a golf club, pick a swing motion and make a shot decision. A lot of times a practice swing will help you do that. Second, once you have selected your target line the best take your grip is right at the side of the ball with your arms hanging naturally. Bring the club up at waist height in front of you and check both your grip and clubface. Third, address the ball in this simple one, two, three routine. I start by standing further away from the ball than my actual stance will be. 1) I move towards the ball with my right foot, placing it at a distance away from the ball where it will be in my stance but my foot is placed just behind the ball. I aim my club to the target as I place it behind the ball and I measure for my posture and my balance by hanging forward from my waist with my arms hanging down naturally. Most of my weight at this point is on my right foot. 2) Next I move my left foot forward and place it a couple of inches in front of the ball, which is the correct position for irons. 3) Last I move my right foot further behind the ball to get the necessary width of my stance for balance to make a swing. While I am doing this I am zeroing in on the target line by keeping my eyes on it, I am waggling my club and I am getting myself set to hit the golf shot. Last of all, I make my swing. Notice how I hold the finish. I rest the club behind my back on the follow-through, then relax the club in front of me. Next I watch the golf ball. The golf ball is sending me back messages; I need to learn from what that ball does in relation to how the swing felt. If you get those pre-swing fundamentals down correctly you can close that ballflight in on the target more times than not. Remember it is as simple as one, two, three. Then swing, rest, relax and watch your golf ball. Get your pre-swing fundamentals down, do it over and over again. Do this routine so that it becomes a habit, you should do it without thinking and it will really help your game.

About the Instructor
Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119

Jack Lumpkin is a legendary instructor to PGA Tour Pro Davis Love III and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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