How to Swing?

“A golf swing is a collection of corrected mistakes. “ – Carol Mann

Surely, it is the most important part of golf because without the skill of golf swing you will never get a score. It is very hard to strike the ball with improper golf swing especially if you have no idea on its fundamentals and how to properly do it.

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Posture

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic condition in your body, including respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal, and even hormones. Standing taller with the shoulders pulled back is the perfect depiction of a good posture. A bad or good posture affects us throughout our lifetime day by day. A good posture keeps bones and joint alignment while having a bad posture can cause easy fatigability, backache, and muscular pain. Same goes with playing golf. Good golf posture is the key for consistent, accurate and powerful golf swing pattern and shape. Without a good, consistent posture, you cannot remain balanced throughout your swing and make proper back turn. A bad posture also is known as a forward posture –rounded shoulders and head jutting forward – doesn’t make you look athletic and it certainly affects your swing because it is hard to contract and expand muscles and prevents you to making a natural hip and shoulder coil.

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WTD: Stand tall and slightly flex your knees then bend forward from the hips at about a 30-degree angle to the ball. Weight should feel centered on both of your feet, allowing you to turn easily while remaining balanced.

Shoulder Coil

The length of the backswing isn’t as important as producing a coil for more power. A shoulder coil will help you to properly turn for more distance. It is likely that during the full turn, you are producing more torsion in your lower body between your hips and your shoulders, creating more power in the downswing with seemingly less effort.  It also helps eliminate golf slice and ensures that you do not have to lock your elbows when beginning your backswing.

WTD: Turn your shoulders slightly to remain a relaxed arms while automatically staying straight. Coil your shoulders enough that your arms stay straight up to the point where they’re waist-high, and you’ll create a powerful swing.

Wrists

Excellently executed posture and shoulder coil come down to the wrist action. Hinging and cocking the wrist will help you eliminate the slices and hooks that add extra strokes to your score.

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WTD: Once you’ve properly coiled, your elbow of the right arm will bend. This causes your wrists to cock, forming an “L” between the non-dominant forearm and the shaft of your golf club. This will occur when your hands are at shoulder height. This places your hands in a position where they will not have to move very much in order to reach the top of your golf swing.

Unwind

Finally, you’re ready to unwind your body to swing straight through the ball. Remember, in golf your swing doesn’t stop after the ball is hit; instead, you swing powerfully, as if the club is going to pass straight through the ball and continue on. Keep your grip on the club firm but relaxed, turn your chest to face your target, and finish in a position that is as balanced as when you started.

By following the advice laid out in each of the sections above, you should be able to master how to swing a golf club correctly and lower your handicap.

Recommended further reading

We highly recommend the following resources for anyone looking to explore proper golf swing mechanics even further: