4) Proper Grip
5) Proper Swing
Each of these Six Golf Swing Basics build upon each other. These same basics apply for many other sports also.
The Three Golf Swing Basics that almost any golf pro teaches are Balance and Foot Placement (Setup), Proper Grip and Proper Swing. These three are all grouped together and listed in priority towards controlling the direction of your shot.
You could have the correct grip (for your own individual physique and comfort level) and you could have a beautiful swing motion, but if your feet are aligned in the wrong direction or if your weight is distributed incorrectly at any point in your swing, then the direction of your shot will be off your target.
Balance and Foot Placement (Set-up)
Balance is based on proper foot placement before the swing even occurs, during the swing and after the swing. At different points in your swing, your weight should be distributed more toward one foot. Proper Balance & Foot Placement is the important foundation for the rest of your swing to be effective.
If your feet are pointing straight forward rather than having them a little “duck-footed” in your address stance, then you are doomed to lose your balance during your swing. As a result, the consistent control of your shot will suffer as well as the power behind your shot. This power is generated by the rotation of your hips and shoulders through impact as well as your swing tempo.
In order to simplify where your feet should be placed and where your balance should be before, during and after each swing, I will just say that for every golfer this may differ. What works for you may not work for someone else.
The type of shot (ie. drive off the tee, shot off the fairway, chip around the green or putt) you are hitting will vary the foot placement and where your weight should be distributed during each swing. You must determine, through trial and error and practice, what works best for you on each type of shot. It is a good idea to try a different combinations of foot placement and weight distribution during your practice time to see if there is a positive change in your results.
The following exerpt from an article by Michael Lamanna on About.com will help in your understanding of the importance of proper balance and foot placement in your setup position:
“Golfers striving to improve their scores must focus on fundamentals for success. The single most important and most overlooked full swing fundamental is the setup. The setup writes the script for the swing and all too often amateur and professional golfers struggle due to poor address positions. All great golfers and teachers are aware of the importance of the setup.”
Jack Nicklaus: “If you setup correctly, there’s a good chance you’ll hit a reasonable shot, even if you make a mediocre swing. If you setup to the ball poorly, you’ll hit a lousy shot even if you make the greatest swing in the world.”
Tommy Armour: “Before they ever begin swinging, I can improve nine out of every ten typical amateur golfers.”
David Leadbetter: “What invariably distinguishes a good player from a poor one is their respective address positions or setups.”
In order to cover the other two “most taught” fundamentals in a concise and easy to understand manner, I invite you now to look at my other articles: What is the Proper Grip to Play Your Best Golf Ever? and What is the Proper Swing to Play Your Best Golf Ever? .
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ROB – (admin)
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