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.
Four Golf Swing Checkpoints
Check Your Golf Swing in Front of a Mirror
Whenever I teach someone I try to give them ways to check themselves to see whether they are doing things correctly or not. When it comes to the full swing there are a couple of things that I do. The best place to do any of these drills is to get in front of a mirror so that you can actually see what you are doing, or if the sun is out and will allow you to do that, turn your back so that you can look at your shadow. But that is not the case with what we are doing right now. Right here, what I am going to do, if I am working on the full swing with someone and they want to know if they are doing it correctly.
- Position number one is with the club down at the ground.
- Position number two you want the club parallel to the ground on your backswing, so I just have a stop at the top of my backswing, you can look back to check to see if the club is ok. If it is not in the right position they can place it there, but also while they are up here they want to check to make sure that their weight is on their back leg or their back hip, that is the weight transfer.
- When they come back down to bottom in position number three, and then in position number four when they finish the swing what I ask them to do is just kind of scratch their back with the club. If they do that there is not an ounce of tension in their swing whatsoever when the club has completed its swing.
- To make sure that their weight shift is correct I have them tap their back toe a couple of times. When they do that they should be able to feel all their weight on the front foot, if they don’t then they know they have not done it correctly.
So once again, whenever you teach someone something you want to give them checkpoints that they can look at to make sure that they are doing it correctly. So with the full swing these are the things that you want to be looking for.
About the Instructor
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305