How to swing a golf club
The 6-Step-Golf Swing
SHIFT AND ROTATION
the proper set-up, the first move of the golf swing is a shift away from the ball
one inch to the right that transfers the weight to the inside of the right leg
and moving toward the heel of the right foot.
move is followed by the "one-piece" takeaway of the shoulders rotating
around the spine. Keep the left arm connected to the core and the right arm extended at this position.
two is where the player begins to blend the rotational motion of the torso and
the leveraging motion of the wrist hinge and elbow fold. The culmination of step
two is reached when the left arm is parallel to the ground and the club is at
a ninety-degree angle to the left arm. At this point the butt-end of the club
should be pointing somewhere close to the ball/target line. There
is plenty of freedom at this position. Ben Hogan's club would have been pointing
at the ball/target line, while Jack Nicklaus' club would have been closer to his
bodyline at the end of step two. To help find the right position for the player
just ask them to stop the club when it feels the lightest. There is also some
personal preference in how much the wrists hinge at this position. I would say
that there are very few players who have ever played great golf with less than
sixty-degrees or more than ninety-degrees of wrist-set. Tiger and Jack would be
great comparisons to closer to sixty, while Hogan and Faldo are at ninety-degrees.
this position in the swing is where the club moves off the shaft plane and moves
toward the shoulder plane.
THE COMPLETION OF THE BACK SWING
three of the golf swing is reached when the player finishes the turn of the shoulders.
Our goal for a model swing would be for the upper body to have ninety-degrees
of shoulder turn, ninety-degrees of wrist-hinge, and ninety-degrees of elbow fold.
The lower body would have thirty-five to forty-five degrees of hip rotation. The clubface should be level to the shoulder plane,
or in line with the left forearm. This indicates a square clubface.
is no such thing as a perfect position of the clubface at the top of the swing.
There have been many great players who have played from either a slightly closed
or slightly open clubface at the top of the swing.
The downswing transition is where the
separation from an advanced player and a novice player is most noticeable. In
a model swing the downswing is initiated by the entire body shifting toward
the target and the right shoulder delivering the right elbow to the right hip.
This position is widely publicized as "the slot". Harvey Penick coined
this "The Magic Move" because this is the most elusive and treasured
move in all of golf. Step four is completed with the clubhead getting back on
the shaft plane or very close to the plane.
five is the impact position. At impact, the sternum is on top of the golf ball, the left arm is straight, the right wrist is bent back and ninety percent of the body weight is on top of the left leg.
THE THROUGH SWING AND FINISH
After impact, the swing rotates the club left of the target line so that the shaft will exit underneath the left arm. The
finish of the golf swing offers the player the final fundamental of the golf swing.
I haven't seen a great player not finish in perfect balance. At this point the
student has fully transferred his/her weight into the left side and the belt buckle
faces the target. The student should learn to swing the golf club slow enough
to reach this position before trying to increase distance.
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