How to swing a golf club is something you may start to ask yourself if your playing does not match up with your ambition. Swinging a golf club the right way with repeated frequency is difficult. Practicing with a more experienced golfer can help you to determine where you are going wrong and how you could improve, step-by-step.
Ball Placement And Alignment
Placing your ball down in front of you and lining yourself and your club up to the ball is the first step to properly striking a ball. You may think this part is simple, but there are a few steps you should go through. Some key points are getting the correct angle for your club, and getting your feet in the right position on the ground. Proper ball placement and alignment is a must for hitting your ball accurately with the right angle towards the hole.
Depending on the club, right-handed golfers should stand more to the left of your ball, and left-handed golfers should stand more to the right. You must face the direction you want your ball to travel. Make sure you are far enough away from your ball that you can almost fully extend your arms. The goal is to have your arms slightly bent, so you can freely swing your club.
Your feet should be about shoulder’s width apart with your ball around the midpoint. As you start to use longer clubs, you may move farther away from your ball for a better shot. With longer clubs the ball will align almost with your left foot if you are right-handed or your right foot if you are left-handed.
Having good posture can make a huge difference in your ability to control the ball by getting more strength and power behind your swing. You can start with ball placement and the location of your body to the ball. Then you can improve how you stand when taking each shot.
Improving your posture can help deal with problems you may be experiencing with hooking or slicing your ball. You involve your entire body when you play the game of golf. You may need to hold positions that require you to straighten up or lean forward with bent knees to help control the ball and deliver quality power to each hit.
You should keep your arms relaxed when you are preparing to hit the ball. If your body is too tense and your posture too rigid, you may experience problems. If you have ever watched the pros, they make it look easy and fluid. Their movements are always under control.
The way you hold your club is important. The grip you use should be comfortable and provide you full control of your club. If one way is not working for you, try another to see what results you get.
If you are having trouble hitting your ball, one problem may be the size of your grip. You do not want to re-grip your clubs until you have to, but the incorrect size of your grip could disrupt your game performance.
If you have smaller hands, you will probably need a smaller grip, and the same with larger hands.
Grip Hand Positioning
You can use a ten-finger grip, interlocking grip, or overlapping grip. If one type of grip is not working, you should try another until you get that comfort and control.
The ten-fingered grip is like the grip you would use to swing a baseball bat. It is a basic grip and involves putting one hand in front of the other on the shaft of your club. You will mainly use the hand that is lowest on the shaft to control and direct the club. If you are right-handed, your right hand should be the lower one on the shaft and the opposite with the left.
The interlocking grip is a very stable grip that could be very comfortable for someone with smaller hands. The interlocking grip will keep your club steady and help you control it well. You will interlock your pointer finger of the upper hand with your pinky finger of the lower hand. There are different variations of this grip as well.
The overlap grip is for people who have very strong hands and fingers. This grip offers a very stable way to hold your clubs with overlapping fingers resting on top of one another. It is like the interlocking grip but instead of interlocking your pointer and pinky fingers, you will overlap one over the other. There are also variations of this grip.
You may not use the same handgrip for all the shots you are trying to make. Weak, neutral, and strong hand grips could be interchangeably used as you travel down the course. You may not want the strongest grip for some smaller chip shots, but for longer iron shots you would want to strengthen up your hand grip.
As you prepare to take a backswing, there are a few fundamentals you should think about to determine the angle you are aiming for and the force in which to hit the ball. Your backswing is key in transferring the energy and speed the ball requires to travel the right distance. The wrong amount of force or angle can prevent your ball from traveling far enough.
As you begin the wind up, your club should be perpendicular to the ground. Then as you continue the back swing, your body will almost make an L-Shape with your club. Your arms should be behind your head with your club lifted and not drooping.
The further back you take your club, the more force you will transfer to your ball as you hit it. If you are playing with a very flexible club, this will add to the force your swing brings. Make sure your knees stay bent throughout the entire windup. Your power comes from your legs so make sure you use them to your advantage.
Through your wind up, you should think about how you are holding your wrists. Your arms will bend at the elbow and as you bring your club behind your head, you will want to keep your wrists straight to help with the club’s stability. This will also stop your wrists from being damaged as your club impacts with the ball.
The backswing gets your club ready to deliver the proper force and the angle to the ball. Your downswing is when you must execute the fundamentals of striking the ball. Attention to detail is key because the placement of your feet, combined with the angle of your shoulders and wrists will be the main factors in producing the results you want.
You will want to practice the sequences described below in an open area with your clubs, so you can get a feel of the movements.
Lead with the lower torso
Leading with your torso helps keep your body the correct distance away from the ball, but also puts the weight of your body behind your swing. If you lead with your torso, this will bring the rest of your body with you. It’s natural to lead with the shoulders but it is key to make the downswing a full body movement.
Lag the club
Lagging your golf club on your downward swing will help keep the club head behind your hands and keep the force greater in the shaft. This action is a transference of energy to get the most out of the downward swing.
Shift your weight
As you bring your club back down, use your base to transfer your weight from the back foot to the front one. You will coordinate the shift as you bring your club through the downswing. Remember to make sure your upper body remains stable though, because this shift of weight does not mean to shift your entire body.
Straighten your arms at impact
As your club makes contact with the ball, make sure your arms straighten out. Straight arms will make the impact greater and help your whole body take the impact of the ball.
Rotate your hips
As you are rotating your torso and shoulders this will also create rotation in your hips. You will see extra distance by adding the force of these three details into your swing.
Keep your eye on the ball
Similar to baseball, you will want to keep your eye on the ball from the start of your backswing through your full downswing. Many error shots come from golfers looking up too soon. Do your best to watch the ball throughout your entire swing.
The follow-through is the final action of your swing. As you follow-through you should watch for the flight of your ball, so you will be able to locate it wherever it may go.
The follow-through means to keep your body moving even after you hit the ball. You will not stop moving until the ball is up into the air. A good golfer always holds his follow-through.
Swinging a golf club is not overly difficult, but learning how to swing it with accuracy and consistency is. Mental toughness goes into each swing on the course, as you will always be making slight adjustments to your swing. Having a perfect swing is nearly impossible but having the determination to improve a little bit more each day is all you need.