How to Swing a Golf Club
Learning how to swing a golf club efficiently is the first component to improving your game. A smooth, effortless, flowing swing can deliver power and accuracy to your game. Developing a good golf swing requires understanding a few basic principles and then practicing on the driving range. After a little time you will start to feel the groove of your swing develop and all of the basic principles will become second nature. You will give them just a slight thought as you setup for the shot and then you will let it rip.
The Basic Principles of a Good Golf Swing
Before listing these basic principles there is one concept you need to place in your mind. You are creating a pendulum effect with your arms. The intent of your golf swing is to keep your lead arm straight using the following principles to rotate your body and club into the backswing and then rotate following nearly the same line on the downswing. Following are some of the key principles:
– Hip Movement
- Eye Position
- Upper Body Angle
- The Shoulders and Arms Combination
- Swing Tempo
These are not a total list of swing elements but some of the key components to improving your swing quickly. Let us look at each one.
Hip Movement – The Key to Balance and Power in Your Golf Swing
What happens to your hips during your swing? Ideally when you watch yourself on a video your hips should remain within a box both to the sides and forwards or backwards. The only movement you should see in your hips is rotation.
Keeping the hips stationary within this imaginary box helps you maintain proper position over the ball and to apply maximum power through your swing.
You have heard many times to keep your eyes on the ball, but it must be said again. Your eyes must never waiver from the ball on the ground throughout your swing. By keeping your eyes focused on the ball you reduce head movement and increase the consistency of striking the ball accurately.
Upper Body Angle – Keeping the Pendulum in Place
This is one of the biggest points of failure in many golf swings. When you are learning how to swing a golf club it is imperative you maintain your upper body angle throughout the swing. Your shoulders turn, your hips rotate, but your body angle over the ball remains the same. If you lose your upper body angle your chances of hitting the ball with consistent accuracy are very slim.
The Shoulders and Arms Combination
As you picture your golf club being the rod of a pendulum it becomes easier to imagine your shoulder and arms working as one unit. It is your shoulder and hip rotation which lifts the club into the backswing. You do not want to focus on using your arms to pull the club back as much as focusing on rotating the pendulum.
Swing Tempo – The Smooth and Easy Explosion
Think of your golf swing in two components. The backswing is the gradual lifting of the club into the height of the pendulum arc. The downswing is the fast accelerating fall of the club through the pendulum arc. Do not rush your backswing. Allow it to produce power by lifting the club for the perfect downswing.
These few principles can help you learn how to swing a golf club more efficiently. Now you know how to swing a golf club check out how to choose the right golf equipment.