The Proper Technique for a Golf Swing

By Sharon Penn
A professional instructor can teach you how to bring the club back by turning your shoulders.
A professional instructor can teach you how to bring the club back by turning your shoulders.

As a golfer, you might not realize that just a small problem with your swing can lead to a shot that is way off the target line. To achieve the accuracy and yardage you are looking for, it is best to learn the proper swing techniques from the beginning. A PGA teaching pro is the ideal instructor for new golfers and experienced players alike.

Grip the club in your fingers, not in the palm of your hand. Use medium pressure for the grip. A grip that is too tight will hinder your release on impact with the ball.

Assume the correct posture when addressing the ball by flexing your knees and leaning into the ball. Allow your arms to hang down without tension. Your knees will be over your feet, and your shoulders will be over your knees. Put your weight toward your heels. Make sure the ball is positioned off the inside of your front foot, with your feet shoulder distance apart for the drive.

Look at the target and notice any obstacles or hazards that might be in the way. Decide where you want to place the ball and determine a target line. Align the clubface and your body with the target line. You might want to find an intermediary target like a leaf or blade of grass between the ball and the target, to keep your shot on line.

Take the club back by turning your shoulders. Your left arm should be straight or bent slightly and tension free. Move your arms and the club back so that your left shoulder moves under your chin. At the top of the swing, your wrists will be cocked and your weight will shift to the back foot.

Keep your wrists cocked for as long as possible in the downswing. Ideally, you will release them as you make contact with the ball. Hit the ball squarely in the sweet spot as your weight shifts to the front foot. Keep your balance and posture in the follow through.

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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