We’ll go over the fundamentals of swing a golf club in this post. As a professional golfer, I’ve enjoyed mentoring a lot of new players. Here is my best golf swing advice for developing your club-swinging technique.
Golf Grip & Configuration
Your setup is the most crucial aspect of learning how to swing a golf club. The way you set up and hold the club affects the rest of your golf swing. The golf swing is a series of actions.
Construct A Good Golf Grip
Here’s a short, step-by-step tutorial to help you develop a killer golf grip. Check out the entire article on developing a proper golf grip for more information. Your grip has a big impact on where the club face points about your golf swing, so it plays a big role in determining where your shots will land.
It will feel strange and uncomfortable the first time you swing a golf club with this grip, but I promise it will improve your game.
The over-lapping, interlocking, and ten-fingered grips are three minor variations of the golf grip. These deal with the connection between your left and right hands. To put it briefly, make sure your hands are close together, ideally overlapping (you can read more about this here).
Although it will feel odd, doing this enables your hands to cooperate as a single entity during the swing rather than battling with one another.
The final piece of advice for golf grip deals with pressure: how firmly should you hold the club? Consider that after you swing the golf club, your grip is a banana that you must consume. It should be held firmly enough to prevent it from flying off, but too much pressure will cause it to get bruised.
It’s time to master your golf posture after you have your hands in the proper position.
Improve Your Golf Swing
Gaining proficiency in standing is the next step in swinging a club. Golfers occasionally have air shots and frequently struggle to make good contact with the ball. Usually, this is the result of bad posture.
Many golfers set up with their upper bodies too upright, bending their knees, which causes the club to swing above the ball. A good golf posture, on the other hand, tilts your upper body towards the ground. This makes it much easier to swing the club back to the center of the ball when you swing in a circle around your body.
Here’s a really easy way to develop perfect golf posture using the video below. See this article for a more thorough how-to on perfecting your golf stance and posture.
Surprisingly, novice golfers frequently worry excessively about their aim, even though they frequently have excellent alignment purely by instinct.
The perfect alignment for a golf shot with any iron or wood is depicted in the image below. The target line is indicated on the right-hand line; use this as a reference to aim your club face in the direction of your target.
Your body should aim parallel to your target line, as indicated by the left-hand line. When you set up, it’s a great idea to visualize these two lines as a railway track. Your body is aimed down the left rail, while your ball and club land on the right rail.
When I’m coaching a total beginner, I frequently correct their grip and posture before telling them to “go ahead and swing.” Getting your grip and posture straight before taking a big swing at the golf ball is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to start swinging. They often look at me bewildered. Your setup determines the remainder of your golf swing, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article.
You can find some additional information about the golf backswing and downswing in the section that follows, but the most important tip for swinging a golf club is found after the piece and is a very basic swing concept.
Your body must rotate and your wrists must hinge to perform the backswing. The setup for this can be seen in the images below. As demonstrated by the red lines below, if your setup is correct, you should find that your wrist automatically wants to hinge as you turn your body.
The club circles our body in a slanted circle as we gaze down the target line (below); this is sometimes referred to as your arc or swing plane. If your club grip is halfway back towards the golf ball during your backswing, it’s going well. This is known as being “on the plane” (see the bottom left image below).
As a small tip, it’s easier to rotate and maintain your arms close to your body if you keep your right elbow by your side during the initial portion of your backswing. See this comprehensive guide to the backswing for more information.
The club head should be pointing over your right shoulder when you reach the peak of your backswing. As seen in the lower right-hand image, place your right elbow and hand beneath the golf club.
You don’t have to be in this position to consistently hit a flawless golf shot. But from here, you’ll be well-positioned to relax into your downswing and bring the club back to strike the ball.
The downswing is all about winding down to a balanced finish if you made a nice backswing. Your weight should shift slightly towards your front foot at the top of your golf swing before you release to face your target.
The pictures of Tiger’s golf swing below show how his hands and arms fall first, then his hips and chest rotate in the direction of his target.
Numerous golfers find it difficult to execute this sequence of changing their body position, arms, and weight during their swing.
Slicers frequently struggle with this move: they run out of steam and chop across the ball if their arms are used excessively and their body is not used very much. Conversely, if you simply relax your body, the club will swing down too near to your body and it will take a lot of effort to extend out in the direction of the ball.
How can this challenging issue be resolved when striking the ball? Reduce your focus on mechanics and instead make the connection to a movement you already excel at.
When you throw a ball, you don’t stop when the ball leaves your hand; instead, you continue to unwind until the ball reaches its destination.
The golf swing is no different. Allow the ball to get in the way as you settle into a balanced finish. This may seem too easy, but you’ll be surprised at how this little idea can produce a downswing that improves with each try.
Here is a link to a detailed explanation of mastering your downswing sequence, which delves deeply into the process.
Even though the golf ball has already left your hand by this point in your swing, any skilled player will have an excellent follow-through position.
When the golfer fully turns their body towards the target, it’s a great follow-through. With 90% of your weight on your front foot, you should feel balanced. This indicates that you are transferring your weight correctly during your golf swing.
Setting a goal for yourself to hold your finish until the golf ball lands is a great tip. Irrespective of how far your shot travels—ten feet or three hundred yards—try maintaining a balanced finish until the ball stops rolling.
The Secret Trick To Swinging A Golf Club Magically
As I’ve already indicated, I prefer to teach novice golfers the setup and then let them swing with just one simple thought. This is the best method I’ve found for learning the golf swing in the last fifteen years.
While many golfers attempt to loft the ball into the air, golf clubs are made to strike the ball with their loft (see Tiger above). Because of this, as you swing through, your main focus should be to brush the grass (or mat) underneath the golf ball.
I guarantee that the golf ball will fly into the air as long as you brush the grass beneath it. You’ll hit some nice golf shots if you can practice swinging the club with this mental image in mind.
Golf Club Swing Technique: Irons
The above-mentioned advice is ideal for every iron shot you will hit. You will need to stand a little closer to the golf ball as your clubs get shorter as the loft increases (from a 6-iron to a 9-iron). But throughout your golf swing, you should always feel balanced and your weight should be in the middle of your feet.
Even highly skilled golfers find it difficult to hit the ball accurately with their longer irons (5, 4, and 3-iron). If you find these difficult, don’t worry—many players choose to use a hybrid or fairway wood rather than long irons.
Put your attention on developing a fantastic golf swing and using your mid- and short-irons with accuracy. With practice, your long irons will become more consistent over time.
Golf Club Swing Techniques – Driver
The only club where you must swing level or hit slightly up on the golf ball instead of down is the driver, which is typically hit off the tee. It’s very easy to do this. Move the golf ball during setup so that it is inside your front foot (see below).
With this small adjustment, the club will now automatically swing upward as it gets closer to the golf ball. When hitting the driver, it helps to feel as though you are sweeping the ball off the tee.
See this comprehensive guide on hitting a driver straight and long for additional information.
Extra Advice For Developing A Powerful Golf Swing
Try to divide your practice time into “technical practice” and “skill practice” because golf can get very technical.
You can concentrate on perfecting your movement and golf swing positions during technical practice. Try to incorporate some skill practice each week, where you focus less on technique and simply aim to hit the ball in the direction of your target. You can read this guide on the three different types of golf practice to get more information about this concept.
Length of Golf Swing
If you watch the pros, you’ll notice that they typically hit 70–80% of their iron shots at their maximum swing speed rather than 100%. You can increase your accuracy and consistency by doing this.
You will be much more consistent and produce a smoother swing with a 6-iron from 150 yards out if your best 7-iron hit travels 150 yards or more.
A Massive Strike Will Address Several Problems
The inability to see your actions when playing golf is one of its challenging aspects. Following a few backstrokes, novice golfers frequently begin to doubt every element of their swing.
In what way should I return to the club? My right elbow is where? How ought I to strike the ball?
The majority of bad golf shots stem from failing to strike the center of the club face. If you are having trouble, try taking a few fluid swings and concentrate only on hitting the ball with excellent contact. Try out the aforementioned golf tee drill as well; I utilize it in the majority of my beginner golf lessons.
90% of your bad shots will soon vanish once you begin striking the center of the golf club.
Why Do I Strike the Ball Behind?
When a golfer hits behind the ball, they frequently attempt to assist the ball in rising through the air during their swing. The key is to strike down and through your iron shots, as we discussed previously.
If you find yourself hitting behind the golf ball, be sure to shift your weight and finish in a balanced manner.
It’s difficult to swing a piece of metal around your body and strike a small white ball. Even after 15 years as a professional, there are still days when I find the game to be nearly impossible.
Simply enjoy the good shots, count how many you can make, and don’t worry as much about the poor ones.
Lana has been swinging a golf club for close to 30 years. After playing Division 1 College golf, she went on to turn professional and coach hundreds of golfers to become better players. Lana lives in Savannah, GA, with her husband and two young children and continues to write, teach, and learn about golf daily. As a scratch golfer, Lana has actionable tips and advice to help you take your game to the next level without over complicating it.