The golf backswing is a mysterious, but important part of golf to even the most raw of beginners. This initial raising of the club, by which momentum and direction can be guided, is difficult for many. Beginners do not know when the wrist break is supposed to occur and are baffled by the proper shifting of weight. Even experienced golfers are sometimes humbled by a bad swing. There is nothing more troubling than a golf ball gone wild to remind a golfer that they have gotten out of practice. Practice can easily be done in any open area large enough for a full swing.
Both beginners and advanced players should spend time reviewing the basics. No matter how advanced a golfer gets, all skills are built on top of the all important skills learned as a beginner. One of these basic skills is the position and posture used throughout the backswing. One should stand with feet a shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and with a straight back. It should be remembered to keep the knees bent at all times. In this way it is possible to have a more controlled and flowing swing. Adopting this stance for a couple minutes two or three times a week will make it more comfortable and natural. Once the initial stance has been practiced or re-mastered, the swing should be practiced also.
Before practicing the golf backswing, special attention should be paid to the proper way to hold the club. If during practice the club is held wrong, you will be more likely to do so while actually golfing. Holding a club wrong could look weird at best and ruin your game at worst. The club should be held mostly by the fingers and not entirely in the palm of the hand. The lead hand should be the dominant hand, with the exception of a few people. There are several different ways to hold a club, each for a different purpose. Be sure to get comfortable or reacquainted with several before practicing incorrectly ruins your game. Gripping the club should take less than a week to get familiar with when practiced. Now the backswing can be practiced.
When starting the backswing, the club should slowly rise in the air, first close to the ground, then parallel to the ground at hip level, and then into position. Allow the shoulders and hips to naturally pivot to help the arms raise the club. With the club at the peak of the backswing, the left shoulder should be aligned with the golf ball. The weight should be placed firmly on the right foot, with no unnecessary weight placed towards the toes. Remember to keep the knees bent even at this point. Weight distribution is very important as it may cause problems with the downswing if placed incorrectly. This is something new players have to be especially careful of as it is hard to break habits once they are formed.
Something to be done regardless of skill level or playing frequency, is stretching and exercising. When done correctly and often these stretches will help maintain the back muscles necessary for a good swing. Using a club or a similarly shaped object such as a broom, grip both ends and raise it above the head. After this, lower the object until it is behind the head. Repeat this motion for a couple seconds to a minute. Next, lower the club or similar object until it is resting on the shoulders. Keeping it in this position, gently lean to the left, then the right. It is recommended to hold stretches for a couple seconds, but stop immediately if any of these exercises or stretches are painful or uncomfortable.
All of these things will help maintain, if not improve, your current golf backswing. Many people find the thought of letting their skills go to waste unthinkable and so have created several ways to practice. These vary from standing in position for several seconds a week to practicing several different grips. No matter what you do to use your skills in the off-season, it can often improve pre-existing skills. Even the most advanced of athletes consider practice and stretching useful tools easily added to their daily routine.
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