Need Help With Your Golf Swing?
Golf is one of the few sports where your main opponent is – yourself. Many a good golfer has tried to correct a few small faults only to ruin what they did well! So before you take apart a perfectly good swing to cure a perceived problem with distance or drift, check that your problem is not caused by such simple things as alignment, grip or stance.
When taking a shot, start with alignment. View the main target and any intermediate targets such as a clump of rough grass. Align the clubface behind the ball; the center of the clubface should line up directly between the two ground targets you have viewed. Grip the club lightly, with fingers pointing directly down the shaft. Align your feet a shoulder width apart, with knees slightly flexed. Stand at a distance from the ball that allows your arms to hang down comfortably without stretching. Ensure your weight is evenly distributed over both feet, if not, move until it is.
Don’t lean over the club too much, or you will shorten the swing and reduce its power. You should feel right away when your posture is right; back, elbows, knees and the balls of your feet all align. Moving out of that imaginary line is a common problem with new golfers.
Keep your shoulders back and your arms close to your body throughout the swing. Don’t reach for the ball. The clubhead should start back in an arc, with the right shoulder turning backwards. Swing back until your hands are at the level of your ear, almost at a 90 degree angle at the top of the backswing. The right knee remains in the same position, while the left knee moves toward the right knee with the turn of the upper body and against the resistance of the lower body. Complete your swing with a high follow-through of the club. You should find that your hips are turned toward the target, and your weight is firmly on your right foot.