Five Golf Swing Thoughts

5 Golf Swing Thoughts

If you want to improve your golf swing, you have to master the basics.
Forget complex golf swing theories; try these simple five golf swing thoughts to get your game in shape for the new season.

#1. Golf Grip PGA Tips

Make sure the left hand is turned round enough into what is known as a strong grip. Most golfers have the left hand in a ‘weak’ position’ which stops the left arm from swinging correctly when the swing starts. As a reference point, when a golfer looks down at their grip, they should be able to see three knuckles of the left hand. If they can only see is one or two they must twist the left forearm clockwise to the right to the left-hand moves into the correct position.

It’s much better to have a strong grip than a ‘weak’ grip as it gives the best possible chance of a good takeaway. Try the rest of the five golf swing thoughts to better your game.

#2. Head Position in the Golf Stance

This aspect of the swing is incredibly important yet most amateur golfers fail to appreciate its relevance. The head position at address dictates how well the shoulders will be able to turn during the swing. If the head is at the wrong angle when the shoulders start to turn they become restricted by the head which leads to a reverse pivot and narrow swing where the left arm bends. This has a massive effect on clubhead speed at the ball.

The head must be turned to the right so it does not get in the way of the shoulders as they turn.

#3. One Piece Takeaway

With a good grip, and with the headset to the right, a golfer is in position to start the swing correctly. This must be done with a one-piece takeaway where the club, hands, arms, and shoulders all work together to move the club away from the ball. This helps create the widest possible swing arc which means greater accuracy and power. It is vital the hands do not independently swish the club back on their own.

Imagine a pile of leaves lying behind the ball and with the golf club, you have to sweep them out of the way as you start the swing.

#4. Pause at the Top of the Backswing

The top of the backswing is where the golfer has the last chance of making adjustments to the swing if it has gone wrong – this is carried out subconsciously. With a slight pause at the top, a golfer is given that extra bit of time to compute the necessary changes that have to be made during the first part of the downswing.

Try counting one-and-two during the golf swing. One being the backswing – and being the pause at the top – two being the downswing.

#5. Swing to a Finish

If a reasonable position has been found at the top of the backswing and the golfer has made a smooth unhurried start to the downswing, the most important thing to concentrate on is swinging to a full finish. To make sure the weight has shifted correctly onto the left side for longer drives and crisper irons, simply make sure the right foot rotates into the correct position as seen in any photo of a good player.

A well-balanced finish with the right foot turned into the correct position is a good indicator of a good swing.

Brian Jame
Golf Life Contributor