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Summary of Golf Swing Fundamentals

THE GRIP:

  • Hold the club in the fingers with the palms facing each other.
  • Make sure both “V’s” point towards the right shoulder.
  • Keep grip pressure light. Hold the club as if you are squeezing toothpaste.

THE STANCE:

  • The weight should be distributed evenly across both feet.
  • The width should be determined by the golfer’s flexibility.
  • The stance should not be wider than the shoulders or narrower than the hips.
  • The left toe should be flared out 20 degrees.

POSTURE:

  • Chin up.
  • Bend forward from hip joints while keeping back straight.
  • Flex the knees slightly.
  • The weight should be centered over the balls of the feet

ALIGNMENT:

  • Aim the clubhead first and then aim the body parallel to the clubface.
  • Visualize yourself standing on railroad tracks.
  • Feet, knees, hips, and shoulders should all point slightly left of the target line

BALL POSITION:

  • The sand wedge thru the 7-iron should be played in the middle of the stance.
  • The 6-iron thru the 4-iron should be played 2 inches inside the left heel.
  • The 3-iron thru the driver should be played off the left arch.

CHIPPING:

  • The ball should be positioned off the inside of the right foot with the feet slightly open.
  • The weight should be placed on the left foot.
  • The swing should be made with the arms and shoulders.

PITCHING:

  • The ball should be played in the middle of the stance with the weight favoring the left foot.
  • Swing the club back with the arms, hips, and shoulders moving together.
  • Use a half swing on both the backswing and follow-through.

THE BACKSWING:

  • The club should swing away with the arms, hips, and shoulders moving together.
  • At the 9 o’clock position the toe of the club should point towards the sky.
  • At the top of the backswing, the head and left shoulder should be behind the ball.

THE TRANSITION:

  • From the top of the backswing, start the downswing slowly.
  • The left hip initiates the downswing by rotating to the left.
  • The arms drop down and the right elbow remains close to the right side

IMPACT:

  • The hips face to the left of the line of flight.
  • The weight should be distributed 70% on the left foot.
  • The head and the right shoulder remain behind the ball.

THE FOLLOW-THROUGH:

  • The weight finishes on the left foot.
  • The left leg should be straight and supporting the weight of the body.
  • The right knee, belly button and chest face the target.

PUTTING:

  • Grip the club in the palms of the hands with firm wrists.
  • Play the ball off the inside of the left heel.
  • Start the stroke and finish by the movement of the arms and shoulders working together.

HOW TO PRACTICE:

  • Devote half of the practice time working on the short game (putting, chipping, pitching, sand shots).
  • Devote the other half of the practice time to full swings on the driving range.
  • While practicing both the short game and the long game, work on pre-shot routine and visualization skills.

GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT:

  • Develop and consistently use a pre-shot routine.
  • Play the golf course to your strengths.
  • Take your medicine – play smart and safely, don’t risk too much on any one shot.

THE MENTAL GAME: (MIND OVER CIRCUMSTANCES)

  • The golfer should have a positive attitude.
  • On the course and on the practice range, believe that you are going to make the proper swing to execute the shot at hand.
  • If you believe that you can do it, you can. If you believe you cannot, you are also correct!

THE MENTAL GAME: (VISUALIZATION)

  • Stand about 10 ft. behind the ball visualize the line and trajectory on which the ball will travel.
  • Visualize the ball landing area and its roll after landing.
  • Only visualize and imagine positive things.

THE GREEN SIDE BUNKER SHOT:

  • The clubface should face to the target with the feet, hips, and shoulders facing about 15 yards left of the target line.
  • Position the ball off the left heel with the weight on the left foot.
  • Make a 3/4 length swing and hit the sand 2 inches behind the ball which will throw the sand and the ball out of the bunker onto the green.

THE FAIRWAY BUNKER SHOT:

  • Play the ball in the middle of the stance with the weight favoring the left foot.
  • Choke down on the golf club.
  • Strike the ball before the sand and let the loft of the club bring the ball out of the bunker.

THE UPHILL LIE:

  • Play the ball off the left foot and lean into the hill with your weight.
  • Keep the shoulders and hips parallel to the slope of the hill.
  • Swing normally so as not to lose balance.

THE DOWNHILL LIE:

  • Play the ball in the middle or slightly to the right of the middle of the stance.
  • Align the shoulders and hips parallel to the slope of the hill.
  • Swing the club along the slope and stay in balance

THE SIDE HILL LIE: (BALL BELOW THE FEET)

  • Play the ball in the center of the stance and stand closer than normal to the ball.
  • Flex the knees more than normal and place more weight on the heels.
  • Aim the club and body about 15 yds to the left of the target and make a normal swing.

THE SIDE HILL LIE: (BALL ABOVE THE FEET)

  • Play the ball in the center of the stance and stand farther away from the ball than normal.
  • The knees should be less flexed than normal with more weight on the toes.
  • Aim the club and body about 15 yds to the right of the target and make a normal swing.

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