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Basic Golf Swing Tips

There’s nothing quite like going back to the absolute bare basics when it comes to golf, and a foundation of good, basic practices can be exactly what you need to improve your game overall. A lot of tips that you’ll find online are exactly that, just reiterations of completely basic concepts. When it comes to basic golf swing tips, what we’re going to try to do is remind you of exactly what type of position your body should be in at each point during your swing. Fixing the basics of your game is the way to have a better game overall, but to also fix your slice and hit the ball longer.

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Stance and Balance

In order for both halves of your body to move as freely as they can, you need to try to achieve a sense of balance throughout your body. The majority of your weight should be held equally between your feet, right in the center. Pull your hips back away from the ball a bit, angle your spine a bit down toward the ball, and make sure to bend and flex at your knees a bit Make sure that the left side of your body is higher than the right, and that the face of the club is slightly above the ground and the center is aligned with the ball.

redfredie1Next, when starting the swing, make sure to go through the following process in order: head of the club, then hands, then arms, then shoulder, and finally hips. Your right arm needs to stay tight against your right side. Once your hands have made it past your right leg, begin shifting your weight onto that leg to build up force behind your swing. When the club is nearest to the ground, you’ll be able to tell whether or not you’re swinging in the right arc and can make adjustments as needed.

Now, as your weight continues to shift onto your right leg, begin folding your right elbow inward. Eventually you’ll want to bring it all the way in until its perpendicular with your left arm. This all sounds very confusing, but once you compare it to what you’re doing when you’re swinging you’ll find that most of these things already happen naturally. Your shoulders have already started rotating around by this points, and the movement in your shoulders and back is causing your hips to begin to move as well. You should feel the majority of the action in your right hip.

Now you’ve reached the very top of your swing where the head of the club is past your head. Your wrists will be pointed back behind you. Make sure to keep your left arm slightly loose, and your right elbow pointed directly to the ground. If you were to look at your body from the front at this point, your hands should both be at around an 11 o’clock position. If you’re at noon you’ve gone too far, and 10 isn’t quite enough, so make sure to keep that in mind. By now your hips and ankle should be ready to go into action when you begin the downswing, which we’ll be getting to next in our basic golf swing tips.

The Downswing

The first thing you’ll want to do when starting the downswing is to align your left hip and knee to a position directly over your left foot. This is quite a big shift and you should be able to feel it. Make sure that your shoulders match and align up with your target, the ball. Keep your head behind the ball and do all of this shifting with the lower half of your body, keeping your head in position throughout. Do not try to throw the club somehow either, keep your wrists bent back as you swing down. This is a problem that a lot of golfers seem to have.

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Now we’re ready to impact the ball itself. Your hip should have made its full turn by this time, and your chest should be pointing in the general direction of the ball. If your chest is facing outwards or hasn’t reached the ball yet, you may have a problem. Make sure that when you make impact, your hands are just slightly past the position of the ball with the club following behind. This will help you to guide the ball.

Your Follow-Through

Now the ball is off and we’re into the follow-through. This is all about extending and continuing to make your body’s full rotation, making sure to keep your spine at a downward angle. Both of your arms should be fully extended to your left by now, and already starting to come back around to the right. You’ll want to pivot your right foot as well as your knee, turning them in slightly toward your body. Your left leg should remain straight as your right thigh contacts the left. Your hands should also be past the head of the club at this point, if the club has somehow swung forward you may need to work on your follow-through.

Now we’re ready to finish the swing. Keep your right side moving and all your body to rotate naturally, your right toe should still be on the ground at this point, but everything past your right knee should all be in contact with your left leg by this point. Holding it straight will allow for your right leg to swing into it comfortably and keep you steady. Also, make sure that you have shifted your weight fully to the left foot.

If you’re still having issues with your swing, a slice or fade, repetition and using the right clubs for your swing is all you can do. Make sure you try out different grips, shafts and ensure that your using a driver that fits your swing type.

So that’s it, a step by step guide of basic golf swing tips. While these steps are not going to turn you into Fred Couples or Adam Scott, use these along with as many repetitions and practice hours as you can, and with time your overall game with improve dramatically.

About the author

Chris Lollis

Chris Lollis

Chris is the founder of Golf Tribune and avid golfer. His home course is the Bayou Country Club in Largo, Florida. He currently hits Mizuno irons, Callaway Wedges, and the TaylorMade M2 driver and fairway woods. You can contact Chris directly at chris@golftribune.com.

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