How To Swing A Golf Club For Beginners
|Learn to control your swing for distance|
Now let me start by putting this into some perspective. If you try to copy Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy you will most likely cause yourself an injury.
You will also become extremely frustrated. These guys have been at this since they could walk, have high fitness regimes and are coached daily by the best in the business. Nice to watch for sure but almost impossible to replicate.
That said you can still develop a quality golf swing that will turn you into a very respectable golfer.
Understanding The Golf SwingI have watched young kids at my local golf club join and then start to practice. It is an amazing thing to watch as they have such a natural swing to begin with. If you take up golf later in life, like many of us do, I'm afraid we are not that blessed.
In our case you do have to learn how to get the best golf swing for beginners. I play a lot of golf with a lot of low handicap golfers and I don't think I have ever seen two swings that are exactly the same. That all comes down to one thing which is our unique physical attributes.
In simple terms someone with a pot belly can not swing the same as someone who is thin. Your body will force you to make adjustments. heck out the professionals on tour sometime and notice their swings. They may initially looks the same but watch closer and you will see they are not.
Nevertheless there are parts of the golf swing are the same for everyone. Irrespective of size or age these things just never change. Let's go through them one at a time so as you can fully understand their importance. For the purposes of definition I have assumed you are right handed. If you are left handed then just reverse the instructions below.
The Thought Process
This is my golden rule for all beginners. You are not trying to knock the ball out of the park. Your first priority is to hit the ball straight. Distance comes after that. I would rather hit a ball 200 yards straight than hit it 250 yards into the trees. Think straight and think nothing else when beginning.
That is achieved each and every time that the club face strikes the ball squarely. If the club face is closed you will hook the ball left. If the club face is open you will slice it right. Be square always.
I can take my driver back just three feet in the back swing, hit the ball square and it will travel 100-120 yards as straight as an arrow. Try it yourself and see. You do not need to hammer a ball to death to achieve accuracy. When beginning accuracy is just so much more important than distance. Once you master that, then increase the back swing but keep concentrating on a square contact. That is how you build accuracy first and distance second. You can read more great tips here.
The Perfect Grip
This is an area of great debate. Different coaches and professionals actually teach different things when it comes to gripping a club. Some say that interlinking the fingers is best, others say that separate hands on the club is best. There is great debate and whichever one you feel most comfortable with is the one to go with.
The important thing here is not the actual grip but the alignment. Have a look at the video below.
Addressing the Golf Ball
Driving: When you place the ball on the tee you should stand at a distance of about 3 feet away from the ball. Your feet should be square with the inside of your left heel should be in line with the ball. As you move through the irons the left foot moves slightly forwards each time.
This comes with practise but the single thing you should focus on is balance. Your stance should always feel balanced and that is achieved by having an even distribution of your weight on both feet. It also helps if you have a good driver for beginners which you can read about here.
Always place the club head behind the ball squarely with your elbows as close to your body as you can get them. This takes a little time to master, but this is really just a habit.
Take a slow back swing and as you swing your body should pivot so that your back is momentarily towards the target at the top of your back swing. many people are not flexible enough to do this but get as far around as is comfortable. Do not pause the club at the top of your back swing. The swing is all one full movement.
Try to hit the ball squarely with your down swing. This does take practice and focus. This is where the entire swing process can go horribly wrong. The reason it goes wrong is because people mix up sped with power. When beginning the down swing there is no need to throw everything at the ball. Simply allow the natural weight of the club to lead the swing and you will do just fine.
Without any question this is the beginner golfers biggest mistake. It is without any doubt the single most important element in a good golf swing and one that beginners fail to do time after time.
When you play your down swing and strike the ball then follow all the way through and don't ever stop the club to look where your ball has gone. Play the full shot all the way through each and every time.
The routine that I use to remember this is to pretend I am throwing a large heavy object over my shoulder. Trust me it works.