Golf Skills and The Importance Of Practice (P1)

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Golf Swing

The golf swing is just that, a swing. In nearly all sports that involve swinging an implement, a bat, a hockey stick or racquet, the object to be struck is moving. In golf, the ball is always stationary. The golf swing is similar to other swinging motions in sport. For golf, you need to learn only one basic swing. As distance requirements change a different club is selected from the set for the needed yardage.

The golf swing is a circular motion around the body similar to a baseball swing. The difference is that while a batted ball ideally is around waist high when it is struck, a golf ball is on the ground. In a golf swing, the plane that the club travels on is tilted.

The golf swing has two distinct phases – pre-swing and in-swing. The pre-swing phase, the preparation that occurs before playing, includes a pre-shot routine and addressing the ball. The in-swing phase is the actual swinging of the golf club. The swing should be completed in one smooth, fluid motion. The entire swing is often broken down into smaller components that include the: address, takeaway, change of direction, downswing, impact and follow through/finish.

Golf Skills and The Importance Of Practice

Golf Swing Mechanics

Address Position

It is important that we have the proper stance to help create balance. It is vital that we maintain proper balance throughout the golf swing.

  • Stand up to the ball with your ankle joints under your shoulders.
  • The weight should be evenly distributed between the heels and the balls of the feet. The weight is actually directly over the arches but since most arches don’t touch the ground you will feel it balanced between the balls of the feet and the heels.P
  • Your weight should be evenly balanced between the right and left foot.

Golf Swing Mechanics

Posture

To position the upper body correctly you must have the proper stance as described above.

  • Push your hips back and tilt forward from your hips until the bottom of your sternum points at the ball.
  • Tilt your spine away from the target so your trail shoulder is lower than your target shoulder.

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