The swing of the golf club is the most recognizable component of the game of golf. When you think of the great professional golfers, their graceful yet whip-like motions launching drives of a couple hundred yards (or more) gives an otherwise leisurely-paced game a bit of excitement. But when novices first pick up a golf club, they’ll quickly realize how difficult this motion is to replicate. In fact, it’s said that a golf swing is really only perfected through thousands and thousands of repetitions. But, in order to generate the best golf swing ever, one really needs to focus on mastering the foundational elements of the swing:
1. Positioning — First and foremost, you want to be in a comfortable stance. This covers everything from your head, shoulders, legs, hips, arms, and hands. You want to have your feet solidly balanced on the ground, with the weight evenly distributed, such that you can shift that weight easily during your swing. From there, your legs, your body, your shoulders, and your arms have to work in sync. Push your hips back, bend over slightly with your spine angled to the ball, and bend your knees slightly. You want your shoulders to move slightly as part of the windup, but return back into its starting position as you drive through the ball.
Then your top hand (your lead hand) should go further down the shaft, and your trailing hand should be just below it. Your hands should be firmly but fluidly move with the swing, with your thumbs pointed down on the shaft. Also, your wrists should create the right amount of hinge that helps striking the ball at the moment of impact.
2. Tempo — Again, it’s all about fluidity. There’s a certain grace when it comes to the swing of the club. You don’t want any “herky-jerky” movements, or prolonged points in the swing. You want to start with a clean, smooth windup that creates the momentum for the opposite swinging motion. When the windup is done, you want to have minimal (if any) pause at the top of the motion. Then you can begin your “turn and load” motion that leads to the main part of the swing. And, the bottom part of your swing should be described as “fast” and “fluid” by anyone who happens to watch it.
3. Drive — When people first go swing a golf club, they think of the golf club is a baseball bat. They produce all the powers from their shoulders, thinking that this is where the majority of the effort comes from. In reality, every good golfer knows that the power in your drive comes from the energy created by the fluid motion of your body through the process. The energy created from your legs and your hips goes into the shoulders. And that energy is seamlessly transferred from an ideally frictionless motion in your shoulders, through the swing itself.
4. Follow Through — The whole point of swing a club is to hit the ball in a manner such that it gets closer to the hole. So, the aim is not to hit it high in the air, but rather far into the distance. As such, you want to limit the height of your follow through. Such that you’re not shooting the ball too high and upward. Therefore, the lower your hand positioning is on the shaft during the finish. The lower the trajectory of the ball will be.