When you first hold a golf club, you’re likely to be intimidated, wondering if you’re able to swing, hit the ball, and the club remains in your hand.
While that is an extreme example, nerves can make us do something things on the golf course that won’t make for our proudest moment. However, once you’ve mastered the technique and how to swing a golf club, you’ll find yourself thoroughly enjoying the game.
Getting the stance right
With golf, the smallest of things make the difference in the type of swing that you make and where the ball goes. It all starts with the stance.
Your dominant leg should be slightly ahead of the ball. If you’re right-handed, then your left foot is what will be close to the hole, and the opposite is the same for left-handed people. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart.
When you hold the golf club, it should be in the middle of your body. There is a slight variation; with bigger clubs, aim to place more of your weight on the front foot. When you’re using smaller clubs, put equal weight on both feet.
Getting into position
At this point, with the ball in the middle, put the golf club next to the ball. For you to have a chance of getting that perfect shot, you have to ensure that you’re relaxed.
The arms should be a comfortable length; now too outstretched and not too close to your body. You have to make ample space to do the swing comfortably.
You can swing the golf club a bit to get what is the most appropriate space you need to put between yourself and the ball. Most of all ensure you’re comfortable.
Aligning the body
When you’re in position, your upper body should be leaning in a bit towards the ball, and your feet planted confidently. Here you now ought to get into the square alignment.
That means ensuring that your feet and shoulders are pointed in one direction. You know you’re in the right arrangement when you see the ball is toward the hole or target you’re aiming at. If someone were to draw a line, you would be aligned to the hole or goal.
Bend your knees
Once you’re aligned, bend your feet slightly. Not doing so will make swinging the golf club difficult. Since your knees are bent, put most of the weight at the balls of your feet.
You should be able to slightly swing back and forth comfortably which you’ll have to do when you’re swinging the golf club. You can try taking this stance and swinging at the ball.
See if you need to bend your knees more or be more upright. It’ll also help you know if you have evenly distributed your weight or you need to put your feet further apart.
Getting the grip right
If you’ve gotten this far, the next thing to do is to exhale and relax. The problem with swinging a golf club is that being tense only makes things worse. When gripping your golf club, you shouldn’t be tensed throughout your body.
Even when you’re swinging back and forth checking your stance, ensure that you are in total control of your body. If you’re calm and move naturally, you’ll make a more accurate shot. You might even surprise yourself.
One of the grips that you can try is the baseball grip- as the name implies it is how baseball players hold their bat. Ensure that your thumb is aligned to the down the club to the clubhead.
Use your left hand to do this, and then rest it in the palm of your right hand. Once you do that, ensure that the right pinky finger touches the left index finger. In short, your right hand will be right below the left hand holding the club.
If you want a stable shot, then you want your fingers overlapping. You can also do an interlocking grip where you interlock your left and right fingers on the downside of the golf club. This grip has more stability compared to the other two. How you do that is by putting the right pinky between the index and middle finger on your left hand.
You can opt for whichever of the three most comfortable grips. You don’t have to do it like other people who have been playing golf for long do. The point is that you get in your stance and a grip that’s best for you. Practice swinging with the various grips until you get something that works and you’re able to hit the ball toward your target.
Do a backswing and bring the club above your head. As do the backswing, rotate your torso, shifting the weight to the ball of your back foot. Ensure that the shaft is parallel to the ground and your hands remain straight and bend only when you’re coming back down for a forward swing. You should have formed at more than 90-degree angle.
While in that position, swing down fast, remaining in control of your torso movement. You should feel as though the weight of the clubhead is lagging.
As you swing down, put your arms back straight to the position you were in before you began the swing. Gradually finish the swing with shifting your weight to the front of your foot using your hips as well. Let your knees move toward the hole you’re aiming for. Be conscious of the weight on your knees and remain flexible. Your shaft should also be leaning toward your target before you hit the ball.
As you’re hitting the ball, you should follow through. That means keep your eyes on the ball and only taking them off it after you’ve hit it. If you look elsewhere such as where it is intended to go, you’ll likely miss the shot. Remember to remain relaxed and be comfortable. It makes all the difference in your swing.