Basic Golf Swing Mechanics
Basic Golf Swing Mechanics
So many golfers want to improve their game but their basic golf swing mechanics are letting them down, we all strive for the perfect repeatable golf swing but to reach the holy grail of perfecting it we need to firstly understand basic golf swing mechanics, hopefully, this article will shed some light on that.
When a beginning and aspiring golfer picks up a golf club for the first time it is inevitable they will swing the club like ‘swatting a fly’ – we have all seen it and witnessed it, but the reason for that is that when they have watched golfers on the television or in person they assume it looks easy! Or if they have played other sports prior to trying golf like baseball, cricket, tennis or squash – “It’s the same as any other ball sports right, you just have to hit it”? Wrong.
All other ball sports tend to have a moving circular target but can come at you from all angles known to man, so in theory its more of a reactive ‘strike’ than striking a still, motionless, harmless and very small golf ball, which needs to be coerced and nurtured around the golf course, the fairways and the putting greens – sometimes you wish that the little blighter would move so that possibly making it easier to hit when struck!
Now before any golfer can pick up a golf club and commence to swing the club you need to have at least a 75% decent golf grip, the golf grip will mature into your best and most comfortable position once you have started to master the art of dishing out an assault on a golf ball! If you can get your grip correct from the start and get a 100% decent grip then the swinging of the golf club will be a piece of cake. To give you the basics of the golf grip please read my previous tip on setting up the golf grip to suit yourself – CLICK HERE.
My first recommendation on getting your swing correct from the start is to possibly the use of a golf training aid like this one: Link to swing aid article
What this does is, in fact, let you swing the club more freely, much more freely than when you are swinging a normal un-weighted golf club, the weight of the club will then get your upper body and arms swinging much better plus the moulded grip will improve your grip too. The best way to swing this swing training aid is to stand up straight and swing the training aid around your body like a baseball player would do when they practice swing with a baseball bat, then as your muscles are getting used to that specific body movement all you have to do is repeat the same swing with your back arched and hit the golf ball – sounds easy doesn’t it? It is but it just takes time like everything we do in everyday life. For more information on the golf training aid please CLICK HERE for Amazon link.
Part one of the series that I am getting underway is getting you to get basic golf swing mechanics into your weekly golfing practice sessions, whether it be at the golf course or golf driving range, it’s getting that smooth swinging feeling when you swing the golf club every time you hit the golf ball. The only variances that are in any golf swing are the speed, tempo of the swing, the height of the swing, the length of the swing, the power of the swing and eventually the follow-through of the golf swing, so a lot to take in from the start of your golfing career.
In a golf swing there are many things to consider when learning or improving your golf game – Address, taking the club back, breaking your wrists, rolling your wrists, getting your arms in the correct position, full turn of the hips, uncoiling of your hips, generating lag in your swing, the swing at impact, hitting behind the ball and then the follow through! It sounds like a lot but trust me all of the above is over in a matter of seconds, so I want to break the mechanics of it down in separate posts so not to overwhelm any new or veteran golfers.
We are never too old or too young to learn different things about golf, so my next post will be about the address and taking back of the golf club in section basic golf swing lessons. However in the meantime, if you have any comments or would like to subscribe to my newsletter please enter your details or leave a comment and I will be in touch.
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Happy Golfing as Always.
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