There are really six basic golf swing fundamentals that need to be learned, and managed whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Practicing the basic fundamentals until they are ingrained in your muscles will lead to confidence on the course. And, that confidence will lead to success and enjoyment of the game.
Gripping the golf club properly is the first step in learning the basic golf swing fundamentals. If you are not gripping the club in the correct manner your swing could be affected in many different ways.
How important is the golf grip anyway? To the surprise of many, it’s actually a vital part of the quality of a golfer’s game.
The golfer’s grip is actually where the basic game begins. A weak and pliable grip will result in a weak and pliable swing. A grip that is too hard and stiff will produce a swing that is better suited for baseball than golf.
Simply put the grip is just how you hold the club in your hands. There are three regular grips that golfers choose from, selecting the one that feels most comfortable to you.
To help with your grip here is the Lock-In Golf Grip a product that FORCES you to grip the golf club correctly every time. Set this golf club grip trainer to practice hooks, draws, fades and slices, or set it to go straight! You can even set it to practice bunker shots.
Stick with it so you don’t have changing variables as you learn.
Single Overlap Grip: (assuming a right handed golfer) The pinky finger on your right hand overlaps with the index finger on your left hand. The opposite is true for left handed golfers.
Interlock Grip: The same layout as the single finger overlap grip, except that the pinky on your right hand (for righty’s left hand for lefties) interlocks with the index finger on the opposite hand.
Baseball Grip: Probably not a difficult one to imagine, basically you’re gripping the club shaft like a base ball bat. Without any overlapping or interlocking of fingers. All ten fingers should be touching the grip on the club shaft.
Any one of the grips described above will work well. The key as mentioned is to choose the one that feels right for you.
Remember, having the proper grip will lay the foundation for a good golf swing. Don’t change your grip to correct a problem somewhere else or you could end up with an even less consistent golf swing and poorer shot results.
Posture and Mechanics
How you set the ball in your stance, the flex at your knee, straightening of the back, hip bend, and angle which you maintain through the whole swing.
The width of your stance should be approximately shoulder width. Knees should be kept slightly bent to allow small amount of motions. And, to have your back kept straight at about an 80 degree angle.
Be sure you’re bending at the hips and not your back, keep your back straight at all times. The angle that your back maintains when you’re coming through your follow through should be the same which you started with in your back swing.
If you change/move the angle of your back then everything else in your swing mechanics will also change.
For someone just beginning to learn and apply the mechanics of the golf swing, one of the most important concepts to get on the right track with right from the get-go is to learn that the golf swing is a rotation of the shoulders and the hips not the forearms and hands.
Managing how your body swing through from your head to your toes. And, turning into your swing with your hips is the pivot.
The only real way to improve at golf is to understand the basic principles of the swing and work on those principles. With the SwingRite training aid, you can work on some essential parts of the golf swing: tempo, swing speed and release point.
Hands and Arms
Hand and arm relationship or better known as coordination is a very important step to learning the golf swing fundamentals.
Picking out a Target
Where do you want the ball to go? Alignment is an important part of the swing that not everyone pays attention to. If you’re aiming for the green, then you should make sure that is where you body is aimed and where it will be facing once you’ve followed through your swing.
Of course there is a mental aspect to choosing a target as well. If there is a sand or water hazard directly in front of you chances are guess where your ball is going to land.
Either at the beach or for a swim in that water hazard. Focus on something ahead, keep your main objective in mind, and ignore hazards treat them as if they’re not there.
Probably the most important yet the least physical aspect of the basic golf swing fundamentals. Some pros say that upto 90% of their game is mental, you have to be able to get in the right state of mind, visualize the next shot, and also perform all of the above mentioned fundamentals without thinking about them.
So practice is what it takes to get them down. Your body will be able to reach a point where it’s all natural, and you won’t have to think about the next step, until then keep practicing.
Another tool that will be beneficial in helping you get the fundamentals of your golf swing is the Matzie ASSIST Swing Trainer. Helps to eliminate slicing, and build the perfect swing!
The Matzie ASSIST Swing Trainer is the world’s best-selling swing trainer with hundreds of thousands in use by PGA, Senior PGA, and LPGA touring pros, as well as golf schools, universities, and amateurs of all skill levels.
YOU can improve your game dramatically by following the tips outlined above.
Become the best player YOU can be and start lowering your golf score! If YOU really want to elevate your game, hit it farther, straighter, and nearer the hole then practice.