2012-02-17 / Sports

Helpful Golf Instruction Tips For All Levels

By Joel Garyn U.S.G.T.F. LEVEL 3 Golf Professional

We will be wiping off the dust from our clubs and with the weather cooperating, will be anxiously trying to regain our thoughts to swinging our golf clubs and watching the ball head to the target we selected.

This will be the first of weekly instructions and understanding the fundamentals of the golf swing and shot-making mechanics.

I will cover one part each week. Hopefully those who are interested will keep the article and take it with them to the range or practice area and work on it so after numerous times it will become automatic and you will not have to think about it. Too many swing thoughts during a golf swing that takes 1 1/2 seconds from back swing through impact is a recipe for bad shots.

Grip posture, ball position, alignment, weight distribution, back swing, forward swing, impact and correct follow through will be covered in the following weeks.

I am a strong advocate for working on your short game, pitching, chipping, putting and bunker play 70 percent of the time. Become a good short game player and it will be a tremendous asset to improving your full swing.

It has often been said that the set-up, being the grip, ball position, posture and alignment is a good 80 percent of the golf swing.

The set-up is something that any student of the game can physically control and become good at because there is no movement or strength involved. It is an athletic position that should be free of any tension.

GRIP-Your hands are the only connectors between you and the club. The grip is the foundation of your entire swing. You can use the interlocking, overlap or ten finger grip, whichever is most comfortable. (I prefer the overlap).

LEFT HAND-The end of the club should rest under the padded area of the left hand. The thumb should be slightly to the right of the center line of the grip (say at 1 o’clock). Grip pressure is at best medium.

RIGHT HAND- The life line of the lower hand should cover the left thumb. The thumb should be slightly to the left of the center line of the grip (say 11 o’clock).

The club should be held mostly in the fingers of the lower hand. Allow the forefinger to separate slightly to a trigger finger position.

Topracticethis,bringaclubintothehouse,saya7iron,andpracticethis over and over in front of a mirror and to know that you have it correct when you look down you will see 2 or three knuckles on your left hand.

I will leave you with this until next time – practice does not make perfect, it make permanent! Have a great week.

Private or group lessons are available either at Riis Park Pitch and Putt or at the Brooklyn Golf Center Driving Range. Call Joel Garyn, U.S.G.T.F. Golf Pro at 718-253-6816 or 1-347-404-3751.

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