Golf Swing Tips & Instructions

By Sharon Penn
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro, improving your game involves a continual learning process.
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro, improving your game involves a continual learning process.

The golf swing is not a natural motion. To execute it properly, you must have a certain amount of core strength and balance. As you practice the correct setup, stance, posture, swing and follow-through, you will groove your swing and create "muscle memory." Remember to get instruction and tips from a PGA teaching professional.

Grip the club correctly by holding it in front of you at a 45-degree angle. The thumb of your left hand (right-handed player) will be in a 12 o’clock position, and the thumb of your right hand will be in an 11 o’clock position. Only the first two knuckles of your left hand will be visible. Apply medium pressure. Whether you use the interlocking, overlapping or baseball grip is up to you.

Stand with your weight evenly distributed over your left and right legs. You should feel balanced and relaxed. At this point, you may “waggle” your body a little to loosen up and relieve tension. Keep your knees slightly bent. Angle your back at around 45 degrees to the ground, so that your arms hang over your knees, and your knees are over your feet.

Align yourself to the target line. Your right shoulder will be slightly lower than the left. Align the clubface to the target.

Bring the club back with a shoulder turn around your spine. Visualize turning your back on the target to coil your body in the backswing. Maintain an even rhythm, with your arms, legs and body working together. Cock your wrists to 90 degrees as your left arm is parallel to the ground. Your weight will shift to the back foot.

Turn your belt buckle to the target quickly when you are halfway through the downswing. This quick motion will create the swing speed that you need to get distance. Keep your wrists cocked until you impact the ball, and then follow through after impact. You will end the swing with your weight shifted to the left, your right heel up and your right toe pointed at the ground.

About the Author

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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