Simple Tips About Golf
There are four basic golf routines that will give you the consistency needed to hit a great shot every time..
The Grip: A good golf swing starts with the grip. Your grip should be balanced with both hands having equal control and pressure on the club. You do not want to have one hand having more control, thus causing a slice, or hook. Make sure that the pressure on your grip is slight, like holding a tomato without squeezing out the juices, just enough to hold on and control the club.
Start with having the club sitting diagonally across the fingers of your left hand. Let your hand close naturally around the club forming a “V”down the shaft with your thumb and index finger. That “V” should line up directly from the left shoulder down the shaft of the club, lining up with the logo on the grip, and follow down the face of the club.
The right hand is brought in and the same procedure done, only opposite. Some grips allow the index finger of the left hand to inter lock with the pinky of the right hand, to help give better control of the grip and marry the hands together. When you are done, the grip should feel natural and you should be looking for these things; the “V”, made by both hands should be pointing straight down the shaft of the club, as you look down at your left hand, you should see 2 knuckles, and your grip should only be as hard as to control the club.
This grip will help you to return the club face squarely to the ball at impact every time. Having the right golf grip eliminates having to compensate your golf swing.
- The Stance: Your stance will change with every shot taken during your game. Having the fundamentals to a great stance will help you have great shots everytime.
The fundamentals of a great stance are:
- Placing your feet about shoulder width apart with your toes turned slightly outwards for more balance through the swing.
- Bend your knees for a more relaxed, stable stance.
- Do not reach or crowd yourself for the ball. The club face should be positioned center of the ball and the butt end of the club should be about 4-5 inches from the inside of the left thigh and in line with it.
- Head down and looking at the ball, maybe even looking behind the ball, at all times.
- With short irons, the golf ball should be positioned in line with the middle of your feet.
- With long irons and a 5-wood, move so that the golf ball is positioned just in front of the center of your feet.
- With drivers or a 3-wood, move so that the golf ball is positioned just inside of your front foot.
- Setting Alignment: Quite often golfers will miss there intended targets, not by bad swings or incorrect golf grips, they just aim wrong. Alignment to the target is a simple procedure to master and you can be hitting more accurately in a few short steps.
The best way to set up your alignment, is to imagine two parallel lines, like a railroad track. The “outer track” is a line from the ball to the target. The “inside track” is the line on which your feet, hips and shoulders should be aligned.
On the driving range, set up this simple demonstration. You can use two yard sticks or even two golf clubs. Set up your stance as normal, before hitting the ball, place one yard stick about two inches beyond the ball aligned with the target, place the second yard stick at your feet, making sure that both yard sticks are parallel, thus creating the railroad track. This will help you to position your feet and align you to the target.
Practicing at the driving range with this method will help train your muscles to recognize a “square” alignment and help you on the golf course later. On the golf course it is just a matter of imagining the railroad tracks to align your shot, before you swing.
- The Swing: Is very difficult to put into words or describe. The swing is broken down into three distinctive parts, the Back Swing, the Down Swing and the Follow Through.
Here is a brief description of each to help you better understand the actions, but you will need to, if you are a beginner, get lessons, and if you are just trying to better your game, practice with knowledge you were given.
- The Back Swing: The Back Swing, or the Take-Away is primarily derived from the shoulders. As the shoulders turn to the right, (left for lefties) the natural take-away of the hands and arms follow along, making sure to maintain a stiff left arm, not to break at the elbow. Your right elbow should begin to break and the club shaft be parallel to your foot line. At about the half way point in the Back Swing, the club shaft should be parallel to the ground and target line. As you continue through the Back Swing your right elbow should reach 90 degrees as the swing hits its highest point. The entire Back Swing should offer no resistance and is primarily in the shoulders. You should maintain a stable stance with both feet on the ground, your weight shifted to your right foot, and your hips aligned with your feet. Be careful not to push the club away or pull the club in, watch that the club shaft be parallel to your foot line and let your arms push away normally. Keep your head down, if the Back Swing is in proper order, your chin will be resting on your left shoulder.
- The Down Swing: To begin the Down Swing, a milli-second before you reach the highest point of the Back Swing, your weight should begin to shift back to your left foot. Be careful, when your weight is shifting from your right foot that the transfer is not a swaying motion, but a fluid transfer, being careful not to move your head off the ball. The action of the Down Swing will follow the same path and action as the Back Swing, except in reverse. When you reach the point in the down swing when you commence the whipping action of the club head, you must resist the natural urge to rush the shot. Slow down the rotation of the shoulders and allow the momentum of your arms to accelerate the club head into the contact area. As you approach the impact area, your arms and hips should return to the original position as they were when you addressed the ball. This is critical in the Down Swing, if your hips lead your arms during impact you will have a tendency to Slice or Draw your shot. If your arms lead your hips at the point of impact, you will have a tendency to Hook your shots. You should be careful at this pont to keep your head down and your eye on the ball. Any other movement will cause variations in your shot.
The Follow Through: As you follow through the the impact area, your arms should now pull you through the the Follow Through. You will now complete the arc created through the Down Swing. The Follow Through again is a natural process, starting with the shoulders and ending with the hips pointing at the target. As the club hits the impact area, the weight transfer continues
moving completely to the left foot. The hips continue their pivot motion, naturally pulling the back of the right foot off the ground. When the Follow Through is done correctly, you should end up with your shoulders, hips and right knee pointing to the target. At the end of the Back Swing, your chin is touching your left shoulder, at the end of the Follow Through, your chin is now touching your right shoulder.
The Basic Golf Swing is not difficult to master or understand. If the Golf Swing is learned and done correctly, your shots will go where you intend them everytime. The one problem with the Golf Swing, is the Golfer. Remember these basic rules for a perfect Golf Swing:
- Starts with the right grip.
- Must have a stable and proper stance.
- Must be aligned to the target.
- Keep your feet firmly planted.
- Keep your left arm straight through your Back and Down Swing.
- Push in your Back Swing and pull through your Down Swing and Follow Through.
- Don’t try to “Kill” the ball. Have a strong and fluid swing.
- Head down and keep your eye on the ball. Let your partners watch where the ball goes.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Whether you are a beginner or have played before, knowing the basics will continue to help you become a better golfer. But knowing is not all, you must practice, practice, practice. What looks good on paper or on the Internet, is only as good as you applying it on the golf course.