What is the Proper Way to Swing a Golf Club?

Updated: March 28, 2013

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This is the question many golfers ask themselves every time they pick up a golf club.

If you have read any of the golf magazines that are published, then you have seen the tips that Professional golfers and Golf Instructors offer up.

I was reading one of those magazines recently where I found no less than 10 different ways to hit a golf ball. Needless to say, by the time I got finished reading, I was more confused about what is the proper way to swing a golf club than when I started.

Now I know that these tips are designed to be helpful, but when in the same magazine there are 10 or more tips and some offer contradictions to the others, then what is an amateur golfer to do?

So, what is the proper way to swing a golf club?

Is there a “one swing fits all” approach to the golf swing?  I think not…

What I have found is that when you have a simple golf swing, you have the ability to repeat that swing over and over again.

Here are 5 tips that I have found useful in creating a simple, repeatable golf swing.

Golf Grip – Everything starts with the grip. This is the easiest to review and correct.  Take time to evaluate your golf tips for beginners golf grip photogrip.  A weak grip will cause the clubface to be open at impact resulting in a fade or slice. A strong grip will cause the clubface to be closed at impact and you will end up with a draw or hook.  The best grip is a neutral grip.  This will allow the clubface to be square at impact and is more likely to have the golf ball go straight down the target line.

Set Up – You must have a balanced stance in order to keep from swaying or shifting during the swing. Make sure that your weight is evenly distributed on both feet.  Your feet should be positioned about shoulder width apart.  The golf ball should be about in the center of your stance. This may adjust slightly depending on the golf club being used.

One Piece Takeaway – The backward motion in your swing should start with your arms.  The chain reaction should be that your shoulders follow and as the backswing continues your hips will follow this rotation.

Starting the Forward Swing – The forward motion should start with a shifting of your left leg towards the target.  Your body should remain stable and not slide with the shift, with your hips and arms to follow.

free golf tips 300x204 photoLet Your Arms Go – As your body uncoils, your hips will rotate and your arms will drop as your body starts to turn.  When your weight begins to shift, swing your arms as your body turns.  Your weight shift will cause your arms to drop naturally into an inside path to the golf ball.  Then allow your body to turn through for a complete follow thru.

There are many ways to talk about the proper way to swing a golf club and they are all probably right for that coach or golfer.  The bottom line is, you need to find a simple golf swing that you can repeat with little or no effort.

I would suggest that you get the Simple Golf Swing and build a repeatable golf swing that you can take to the golf course.  You will improve your golf game and lower your scores.


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One Comment

  1. Parker Salmonson

    April 1, 2010 at 17:45

    This is good stuff. I am always looking for such great content to forward to my readers.

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