How to Build a Correct Golf Swing

Published: 19th July 2009
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There is little argument that the golf swing is a fairly complicated mechanical action that requires a specific sequence of movements in order to arrive at a dynamic impact position.

That aside the most common error in the modern game is not the golf swing but the dreaded 'paralysis by analysis' which impedes the natural flow of the golf swing.

The biggest mistake golfers make is purchase golf magazines or instructional books with the intention of getting the club into 3 or 4 positions in the back swing and 3 or 4 positions in the downswing.

The golf swing is meant to be a {{natural movement|rhythmic movement}}}. It should be a nice fluid, free flowing movement from start to finish.

With this in mind let's start with the 5 steps necessary to create the classic golf swing;

1. Develop a pre shot routine
A pre shot routine is the sequence of events that occurs immediately after you choose the club from your bag to the moment just before you commence your backswing. You need to develop a repeatable pre-shot routine which serves the purpose of keeping you relaxed and focused as you initiate your golf swing.

I advise you commence by putting your golf club behind your ball and imagine a line running through the center of your club, through the ball and dissecting the target. Ensure you place the club behind the ball with the hand furthest from the target and align yourself open to the target when you are squaring the club. Commencing with an open alignment gives you a far greater chance of aligning the club square to the target.

When your club is square to the target, get your stance, hips and shoulders square to the target line, ensuring all the time that the original club head alignment is maintained.

Next put your other hand on the club and maintain light grip pressure by giving your club head a few waggles.

2. Start with a smooth one piece takeaway
Realize that your arms and the club head form a natural triangle i.e. there is a triangle formed between your arms and the golf grip. Your goal is to swing this triangle back until your back is fully turned to the target. Do not consciously attempt to cock your wrists at any stage; if your grip pressure is light these will cock naturally toward the top of the backswing. The only thing to focus on should be nice smooth rhythm.

3. Keep the flex in your right knee
As you reach the top of your backswing, you must ensure that your right knee has not lost its flex. The best way to ensure this does not happen is to setup at address with a nice flexed right knee and tilt this slightly in towards the ball. Focus on retaining this inward tilt for the duration of the swing.

4. The Downswing commences with the leadership of your legs
Your downswing should start by slightly moving your left knee towards the target. This will cause club head lag in which your wrists are pulled down on the back of the ball while retaining the full wrist hinge from the top of the backswing. A nice thought to bear in mind is 'butt of shaft to back of ball'.

This ensures you have a late release coming in to the back of the ball and delivers a powerful, crisp impact with the ball.

5. Think Rhythm
When you swing a golf club you shouldimagine your favorite golf pros swing in your mind and think rhythm. Try to duplicate their rhythm and think of nothing else. This one swing thought will ensure a nice smooth swing and you will begin to swing the club naturally and thus powerfully.

So to conclude develop a consistent pre shot routine that incorporates square alignment, a few waggles and light grip pressure. Swing the triangle back with light grip pressure and turn your back on the target. Commence the downswing with the leadership of your legs and finish the swing in balance. The single greatest swing thought to focus on is 'rhythm'.

Do this and stop breaking a natural motion down into its component parts. You will be delighted at how consistently you begin to strike the ball for every club in the bag.

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