Tips on Women's Golf Swings

By Teresa Justine Kelly
Women are increasingly closing the gender gap in golf.
Women are increasingly closing the gender gap in golf.

Most golf instruction books and DVDs on the market today are geared to the male golfer. But men and women are built differently. Women usually have wider hips than men, which is a great benefit in golf. Feminine hips turn more naturally on the backswing. Here are a few tips targeted for women.

The Stance

Tee up the ball, placing the ball off your left heel.

Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. This position gives you more balance and stability.

Bend your knees slightly, and bend your hips forward as though sitting on a bar stool, while keeping your back straight. Arms and shoulders should be relaxed and your weight should be evenly distributed in the middle of your feet.

The Takeaway

As you take the club back, turn your shoulders so that your back is facing the target at the top of your swing. Women with less flexibility should take the club as far back as comfortably possible.

At the top of your backswing, pause briefly before starting the downswing. This will enable your lower body to initiate the downswing, rather than your arms and shoulders. If you have difficulty generating distance, while in the downswing allow your right knee to connect with the back of your left knee. This will help you get your weight off the back foot as your body turns toward the target. This move increases clubhead speed and improves contact with the ball.

After impact, allow your head to turn and follow the flight of the ball. If you keep your head down after impact, your weight will not shift forward properly.

Your swing speed should be at a tempo that allows you to stay in balance. Practice your swing speed at the driving range to find a comfortable one. If you are losing your balance and control, slow your swing down.

Maintain your finish by counting to five, ensuring you are in balance.

About the Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.

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