A Simple 2 Step Drill to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Jim McLean

I'm pretty well known for the eight-step swing. That's how we break down the swing so that our instructors can analyze and diagnose what people are doing incorrectly when they come through our golf schools. However, we usually don't use eight steps, we don't have people think of eight positions. We do sometimes have them think of a position or two. One of the things we do with beginners is give them what we call the two-step swing and that's learning two positions.

2 Golf Swing Positions to Learn

#1: Halfway Back

The two positions we normally teach them are halfway back and finish and we actually have them do that many times. So for you to do the two-step swing here's how to proceed. Get a good set-up position, nice and balanced and from there we practice taking the whole triangle which is your arms and your shoulders away together, halfway back.

At the halfway back position you want to see the toe of the club up or in the square position. Do not get the toe down or the toe over; this is actually the worst thing that could happen, rolling the club over, which quite a few folks do. As a beginner we try to get them to sense the club and get into this nice halfway back position. Toe up, little space between your hands and your body.

You've maintained your width and your extension from your body, you haven't overextended away from your body and you also haven't picked the club up too close to your body. Everything has gone away together, right through halfway back.

#2: Finish Position

Now from here we have them just slowly and easily swing the club through to the finish position. I love to see people go to a good balanced finish. At this position lots of nice things have happened, I'm over on my left side, I'm facing the target, I'm up on my right toe. This two-step swing is a terrific drill for beginner golfers and we use it all the time.

So we learned halfway back, that something you can check all the time. I even have tour players who work on this and finish. That's great for everybody. Learn to get that club all the way through, have your arms nice and relaxed as you go through. Face the target; do not swing through keeping your head down frozen to the ground the eyes will head much release all the way up to the finish position. The two-step swing it's awesome, it works great for the beginner golfer.

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL