2012-03-09 / Sports

Helpful Golf Instruction Tips For All Levels

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

Hello Fellow Golfers:

Wow! Here it is March and spring is not far away. Which means get out your golf clubs and put them in the trunk of your car, because the 2012 season is about to start.

As promised, this week we will talk about a proper back swing. Try to remember that one of the most important aspects of a back swing is TEMPO. I like to use a mental clock and not rush my back swing by saying internally a thousand one, a thousand two …, and your back swing should be at a full shoulder turn and your club is over your right shoulder.

I am an advocate of a slow back swing to encourage the shifting of your body weight to your right instep before you start your down swing and shift over to the left foot at impact.

The back swing includes all movements from the point you start the golf swing until the club starts going down toward the golf ball.

The Take Away

The takeaway is the start of the golf swing. When starting the swing you should feel the HANDS, ARMS and SHOULDERS starting the swing AT THE SAME TIME, as a unit. This is referred to as a ONE-PIECE TAKEAWAY.

In reality, the hands start just a split second before the arms, the arms a split second before the shoulders, and the shoulders a split-second before the hips. At the top of the back swing, most of your body should be right of the ball.

This next sentence is probably the most important part of this article. During the first 12 to 18 inches of the back swing, it is very important to feel as though the club is dragging along the ground. Do not pick the club up from the ground with the hands to quickly, rather let the club come off the ground rather naturally.

Weight Transfer and Footwork

When addressing the golf ball your weight should be equally distributed on each foot (NEVER NEAR YOUR TOES). During the back swing the distribution of the weight on your right foot increases. At the top of the backswing you should have 80 to 90 percent of the weight on your RIGHT FOOT and 10 to 20 percent on your other foot.

As you turn your shoulders in the back swing your left foot, knee and hip move toward your right leg. The outside of your left foot may come off the ground a few inches and that’s okay, while the front inside edge of your left foot should stay on the ground.

Like other sports it is important to develop good balance and foot work. Your right leg plays a very important role in developing this balance and foot work. During the entire back swing your right leg must maintain the same angle it had at the address position. Maintain the slight knee flex (try not to straighten the right leg as you take the club back and shift your weight). It is very important to keep the weight on the inside of your right LEG and Foot. This means your right knee should not bow out, allow your weight to REMAIN on the inside edge of your feet.

Next week we will discuss the top of the back swing and proper movement to club head impact through the ball.

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