Golf Swing Tutorial

By Chelsea Hoffman
Learning how to swing properly will help you hit the ball more accurately.
Learning how to swing properly will help you hit the ball more accurately.

Whether you're a beginner looking to pick up the sport or a seasoned player brushing up on your skills, perfecting your golf swing is necessary. Once you learn a basic golf swing, you'll be able to perfect your form. Knowing how to deliver a powerful and accurate golf swing will make it possible for you to improve your scores.

Stand straight with your feet spaced approximately 1 foot apart. Posture is important, so envision that your body is like the hands of a clock, standing straight up and down at 6 and 12 o'clock. Square your shoulders and straighten your legs.

Grasp the grips of the wood driver and aim the head of the club downward at the 6 o'clock position, with the handle pointing straight up at 12 o'clock. Depending on whether you are left- or right-handed, the way you grasp the club is up to you; however, make sure to keep your fists stacked on top of one another while gripping the club.

Bring your club outward to the side of your dominant hand, swinging it up to the 11 o'clock position. If you want to deliver a more powerful strike, bring the club back until the head of it aims downward from the 2 o'clock position. The head of the club needs to aim directly parallel to the ground in this stance.

Bring the club back down slowly, until the head of the club is directly adjacent the side of your golf ball. Center it so that the broadest part of the wood hits the center of the ball. Repeat steps 2 through 4 slowly and deliberately to acquaint yourself with the mechanics of this swing.

Bring the club back at the 11 o'clock or 2 o'clock position, holding it in place. Keep your eye on the center of the ball. If necessary, mark a spot on the center of the ball with a marker to help you see it.

Swing the club downward with speed and force, following the direction you practiced. Your elbows will be bent slightly with the club in the upright position, but as you swing, straighten your elbows to hit the ball precisely.

Hit the center of the golf ball. Do not stop the club once it has hit; instead, follow through until the wood head hangs in the 9 o'clock position. Following through allows you to hit the ball hard and give your shot more distance.

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