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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Golf, Fun or Serious? Some Tips for you anyway!

Dane makes a good point about golf, to many it is just an enjoyable pastime, but to others, it is a serious competitive sport, and in some cases their livelihood. For everyone who plays it is to their advantage to improve their golf swing. This article provides several good points that may help you onto that next step!


Analyzing the Four Components of Your Golf Swing by Dane Stanton

Golf is known as being one of the most relaxing sports or pastimes known to man, as it gives you an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air, as well as providing you with a good opportunity to get some exercise. There is another side to golf however and that is that it is a serious sport that many people play competitively and in some cases for vast amount of money. Therefore it is important for those people to improve their golf swing as much as possible.


Everything built well begins with a solid foundation. Your golf swing is no different. Therefore, when beginning to analyze your golf swing start by focusing on your stance.

With golf club in hand take your normal stance and approach the ball as if you are going to take your swing. Then lay your driver down so that the shaft is touching the toes of your left and right shoe. This will reveal the direction of your feet in relationship to the pin that you are driving the ball towards.

If the golf club is not directly pointing towards the pin or your target adjust the shaft of the club accordingly. Then reposition your feet so that the toes are touching the shaft of the club.

The next part of your stance addresses your shoulders and hips. They too should be completely in-line or parallel with the golf club lying at your feet.

With this in mind, pick up your golf club and practice a few swings keeping your shoulders and hips parallel to that imaginary line there at the base of your toes. Your golf swing should always reflect this rule of being parallel to the imaginary line directed towards your target.


The second step in analyzing your golf swing is taking note of the swing itself. Of particular help may be the assistance of a golfing partner to help you with the analyzing of your form. Another option would be to video yourself and watch your golf swing in slow motion. Most professionals do this after every tournament they compete in.

The first thing to look at for your golf swing, is you backswing. This is the first phase of your swing so the actual start of the swing should be even in nature and fluid. Additionally, while your club is on the backward portion of the swing and overhead, hesitate for a very slight moment.

Following that slight hesitation let your downward golf swing flow in the same even nature towards the ball. It is important to remember that speed and forcefulness are not characteristics of a good golf swing.

Additionally, take note of your downward golf swing beginning from this upward position. Do you keep your wrists straight or is there a hint of wrist movement? It is recommended that the movement of the wrists should take place just as the golf club is horizontal to the ground.


Thirdly and most importantly, in analyzing your golf swing, when your club makes contact with the golf ball it is important to remember that you are not playing baseball. This means that the power to drive the golf ball should not be drawn from your arms and shoulders. The drive given to the ball should be drawn from your entire upper body as well as your legs, so therefore momentum should be the biggest driving force. Also, remember to follow the path of your golf club that was lying at your feet to position your stance. Your golf swing should stay parallel with the shaft of that club that was directed towards your target.

Follow Through

The last critical element in analyzing your golf swing is swinging through the drive. It is important when you have made contact with the ball that you continue for an additional five to six inches following in parallel the imaginary path of the golf club laying on the ground.

Finally, complete the swing with that same fluid motion bringing the golf club to the opposite side of the body and above the head. When this is completed you should be standing front on and facing the direction of which your ball is heading. Good luck!

About the Author

Dane Stanton is the owner of which is an extensive review of the top Online Golf Shops on the internet. Find which course is best for you and your Game!


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