Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 09:28 PM - BeginnersLearning to swing is the single hardest thing in my career. We never have the perfect golf swing. It is just not possible. Luckily enough, you do not need the perfect golf swing. Your swing does not even need to be exceptionally brilliant and amazing. You just need to be able to swing naturally and smoothly. This is what makes up the basis of every shot.
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So, to learn the swing first off you need to relax and be natural. The good news is that if you even have the faintest idea of a golf swing you are nearly half way there. If not watch so pro golf on the television, or go and see some pro golf, or even just go any where to observe someone playing golf. This will teach you as much as you need to know from them. Once you have seen this, all you need to is tinker with it and relax.
Before you think about swing you need to learn how to grip the club. There are many different grips, but the basic one is shown below. This is the one you should start off with. If it feels ok, use this for a while. If you feel you need the club to be more stable, interlock your pinky fingers. This is shown below.
Now you need to think about your stance. This is how you stand up to the ball when you are about to hit it. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. This should make you feel as if you have a solid platform upon which to swing on. Stand with the ball in line with the middle of your feet. Now bend over from your waist and place the club just behind the ball. The most important thing here is to make sure your weight is evenly distributed over both feet and that you are relaxed.
Now we have a solid stance and grip we are ready to start the back swing. Remember this is a golf swing, not a golf lift. Swing the club, using you waist and shoulders. Make sure your arms are straight. Do not bend you arms and pick the club up. You should only bend you arms when you are well into your back swing. I will show you when. Start by twisting your shoulders in the direction of your backswing. Keep looking at the ball. then your mid torso should follow and eventually your waist. Keep looking at the ball. once the club is perpendicular to the ground, you should bend your arms just a touch. At the top of your back swing, the club will be roughly perpendicular to the ground, at which point you should feel a natural transition pint at which point you should start to swing the club back towards the ground. This time twist your waist back towards your starting position, followed by your mid torso and shoulders. You should still be looking at the ground.
On the follow through, do the exact same but as a mirror image of your back swing. The only difference should be, once the club is parallel to the ground you should twist, your foot into up onto your toes. The best advice for your follow through is to be as natural as possible with it. When you swivel your foot, that is you transferring your weight through the ball and this is what gives the ball its speed. The most common problems are lifting the club and not looking at the ground at all times. This causes you to top the ball, which is where the club makes contact with only the top part of the ball, which makes it skip forward.
But really the best advice I can give you is to get a few lessons from your local pro or a friend who is good at golf, and then to play a few holes. Like I have said before, it is learning through trial and error.
By: Stuart Dykes
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