How to Hit a Straight Golf Shot

By Deborah Cohn
Going back to the basics in your stance and swing can help you hit straight shots, even on the tightest of golf courses.
Going back to the basics in your stance and swing can help you hit straight shots, even on the tightest of golf courses.

Whether you are a novice at the game of golf, or you have been playing for years, you know how frustrating it can be to make a clean swing and a straight shot. The smallest changes in your posture, your grip, your positioning above the ball, your swing or your follow through can make or break a shot–or an entire game. Golfers spend years trying to perfect their form, but sometimes it’s just a matter of getting back to basics.

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Keep your right-hand grip more relaxed, and your left-hand grip tighter. Stand behind the ball and size up the line and target.

Stand facing the ball. Turn your left shoulder until it is perpendicular with the target line. Keep both of your feet together.

Make sure your distance from the ball is about three-quarters of the length of your arm.

Take a small step forward with your left foot in the direction of your target. With your right foot, take a normal step backward. Make sure your feet stay shoulder-width apart.

Position yourself in a forward press. Start with your hands directly over the ball, and move them slightly in front of the ball below.

Pull your club back, making sure to keep the line straight to the top of your back-swing, in parallel to the ground.

Keep eye contact with the back of the ball, just a bit above the equator of the ball.

As you swing, thrust the swing forward at the top, along the same path that you brought the swing back. Keep your head down when you hit the ball. Follow the swing through until the club touches your back. Your shot should be perfectly straight.

About the Author

Deborah has been creating and managing web content for over ten years. She has a BA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Netbook web guides, and she has created and managed content for Yahoo, ABC.com, and dozens of websites ranging from web comics to IBM and GE.

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