Golf, known as the gentleman’s game, has often been called “A good walk ruined” due to its simple-to-learn-yet-difficult-to-master learning curve. Invented at some point in the middle ages in Scotland, it has obsessed people from that time until modern day. The amount of time, money, and effort spent trying to make a small ball go into a tiny hole is staggering. But, if you’re going to become a golfer, there’s no denying that you’re going to need to train, and train often, in order to become an excellent player. There are plenty of things to learn: How each club swings and what situation it can be used for, how to read the slope of a hill or the angle of the wind so that you can compensate, how to get your ball out of a sandtrap, and how to drive a golf cart. But at the end of the day, everything begins with your golf swing. If you can’t hit the ball, then you can’t play golf—it’s a simple fact.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered at Golf Pro Strategies. Read this easy guide for all the information you need to be well on your way to getting the perfect golf swing.
Get a grip — Hold the club in your dominant hand with your thumb facing down. Keep a light grip and angle your hand so that you can see your knuckles. Place your other hand below the top hand in a way that won’t block your view of your dominant hand.
Don’t let go — Having the right kind of grip is crucial to a good swing. Too loose and you’ll toss your club into the air (and look like a fool), but too tight of a grip and you’ll have a terrible swing. There are several different ways to interlock your fingers so that you can hold loosely but still maintain control. The type of grip that works best will depend on your skill level and fitness, so experiment until you find what works best for you.
Assume the Position — Your posture is another huge part of a good swing. Your feet should rest roughly shoulder width apart and your weight should be distributed evenly on the balls on your feet. Stand perpendicular to the ball. You should have slightly bent knees, and make sure that you are bending at the hips and keeping your spine straight—curving your back will ruin your swing.
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing — The physics of a golf club are remarkably similar to a trebuchet. Ideally, the heavy weight of the head of the club is doing most of the work. Your job is to swing it in such as way that it gets the maximum momentum of the swing. On your upswing, you’re going to want to keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and rather than trying to put power into getting that club up high, you want it to be more like a clockwork gear—a nice, steady pendulum swing upwards so that the club can do most of the work of hitting the ball. To really get some distance on a swing, you’re going to want to add your own momentum at the crucial moment. This means pivoting at the middle of your swing, putting your weight on you back foot and turning on the downswing.
At Golf Pro Strategies, we specialize in providing both beginners and seasoned pros with the high quality equipment they need to get the most out of the relaxing, classy sport of Golf. We hope this article helps you get out onto the green.