Five Quick and Easy Golf Swing Tips for Beginners
A great golf swing is what every golfer wants to achieve, so if you’re just beginning to golf you want to ensure that you develop a good solid golf swing right from the outset. Golf swing tips for beginners can often be confusing, there are so many out there, some of them more confusing than helpful. This article will reveal to you five quick and easy tips which are guaranteed to actually help you get a great swing.
Swing Tip One; The Importance of a Great Stance
Firstly you want to get a good stance, now the width of your stance is really dictated by the club that you’re using, so here’s a quick guideline;
– For your middle irons your feet should be placed about shoulder width apart.
– For your short irons the stance needs to be a little narrower than shoulder width apart.
– For your long irons and woods your stance should be a little wider than shoulder width apart.
Next you need to ensure that you have your weight distributed correctly, your weight distribution also depends on what club you’re using;
– Short Irons; Have slightly more weight on your front foot (your left foot if you’re right handed).
– Middle Irons; Your weight should be evenly balanced between both feet.
– When you’re using longer clubs like your driver you want to have slightly more weight on your back foot (your right foot if you’re right handed).
Swing Tip Two; The Importance of Great Posture
Now that you have the correct stance you want to remember to keep this stance as you adjust your posture, a great stance and posture combined will do wonders for your swing. Begin by bending forward slightly from the hips and bend your knees slightly. Your knees should be nicely flexed and tension free. When viewed from the side your spine and the clubs shaft should form a 90 degree angle this is the correct angle of the spine and the correct posture.
Tilt your spine to the right (away from your target) and ensure that it’s fairly straight not slouched. Finally ensure that you’re correctly aligned so your feet, shoulders and hips should all be parallel to your imaginary target line (this is the line which runs from your ball to your target). Then ensure that your club face is square to the ball.
Swing Tip Three; Starting the Swing – Back Swing
A good swing starts with a good back swing, a good back swing will put you in a great position to follow through. So to begin your hips and your shoulders are parallel. The back swing begins by rotating the hips and the shoulders this puts the arms and hands into action. It’s important you don’t begin this rotation with the arms.
As you start the rotation back ensure that you bring the club back nice and low to the ground, you want to ensure that you ‘sweep’ it back you do not want to ‘lift it up’. Hinge the wrists as you bring the club back. As you sweep the club back and rotate the body your left arm should remain straight whilst your right arm should begin to bend at the elbow until it forms an almost 90 degree angle.
On the back swing the hips complete their rotation before the shoulders. The shoulders continue their rotation until your back faces the target. As you rotate to the top of the back swing transfer your weight onto the inside of the back foot.
Ensure that you keep your eyes on the ball throughout the entire swing, so at the top of the back swing you should be able to see just over your shoulder. At the top of the back swing 75% of your weight should be on the back foot.
Swing Tip Four; Downswing
The downswing should begin with the rotation of the lower body – the hips first then the shoulders. This slight separation between your upper and lower body as you start the downswing builds torque in the transition between the back swing and the downswing, which really helps to give your swing an extra power boost.
Your shoulders bring the arms and hands into action, you want to let the arms swing very naturally through the downswing, the club should follow through on the same path in which you took it back in the back swing. Ensure that you unhinge your wrists right from the start of the downswing, this ensures that you get maximum power in the swing.
So as I said before the downswing begins with the rotation of the hips but it also begins by pushing your weight from your right leg to your left leg, back towards your target. As you rotate the body back through you should really focus on transferring your weight back towards your target. To do this you should feel your right knee swing in towards your left leg as you swing back through.
Swing Tip Five; Impact
Continue to rotate the body right through into impact. Ensure that your club head strikes the ball as it descends in the downswing, don’t try to lift the ball with the clubhead. All that power built up in the swing is directed towards your ball through impact.
So let the hips lead the shoulders and arms right up into impact, continue rotation until the finish and your belly button should be facing the target. At impact 75% of your weight should be on your front foot.
Now follow these golf swing tips for beginners, put them into action and most importantly practice your swing as much as possible!