Four Basic Swing Motions

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Four Basic Swing Motions
Category: Swing Mechanics
Sub-Category: Address/Set-Up, Backswing, Follow-Through, Impact, Swing Drills

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Video Golf Tip | Four Basic Swing Motions

This is a great tip for any beginner. Whether you are an adult or a child, it does not matter. The first thing you want to do is build a golf swing. Now how are we going to do that? If you notice, when you watch on television, when they analyze any swing they analyze it in four positions. You analyze the swing at the address position. You analyze it at the top of the backswing with the club parallel, at the impact position and the fourth position is the finish when everything comes through. The way we are going to build your swing is to get you in those four positions and here is how we are going to do it. I am going to ask you to put the club down on the ground, we are going to put our feet together, we are going to spread our feet out underneath our shoulders, that is as far as I need to have them. Then we are going to put our hands on our knees and the first thing we are going to do is put our hands together. We call this the elephant’s trunk, we are going to wake up that elephant a little bit swinging back and forth. Position one, all we are going to do is put our thumbs up in the air. Position two, we are going to swing our thumbs and put them over our back shoulder. Position three we are going to come back to the original starting point. Position four is a little bit tricky, we are going to swing it over our front shoulder and stand up on our back toe. That is how we are going to do it. Then we are going to go position one, position two, we are going to speed it up a little bit, then three and four. Those are the four motions of the golf swing. Then I am going to ask you to pick up the golf club and ask you to turn it over, put the clubhead on the ground, put your thumbs down towards the ground, and put them on either side of the golf club. Now I am going to do this left handed just like I did the other exercises so that you can see what I am doing. Position one, position two, position three, position four. When we actually go to swing the golf club we go position one, position two and then three, four. If we can get anybody in those four positions then we can build a golf swing for you.

About the Instructor
Ty Andersen
Ty Andersen
Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Phone: 239-272-7086
E-mail: TyPgaPro(at)

Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.

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