When it comes to the game of golf, the way you swing your ball represents the core of your game, so if you don’t know how to do it well, you can rest assured you’re going to have to learn it sometime later on, which can be more challenging than you anticipated.
Now, the reason why the swinging motion is so important is that it will require your entire body to perform and because it consists of several different movements, rather than just a single swoop like many people imagine.
So, to bring your golf game up a notch, or rather – to be able to play decent golf at all, you’re going to need to learn how to perform your swing, so that you can pitch and chip your balls in a perfect manner every time.
In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can improve your swinging motion so that you can get shoot more comfortably, precisely, and powerfully each time you pick up your favorite golf clubs. As you will see, all of these matters are mostly about correct positioning and a little bit of technique, so nothing too impossible to learn – even if you’re a complete novice.
Right then folks, without further ado, here’s the deal.
Golf Swing Tips for Beginners- ( Step by Step)
Set Yourself Up Depending on the Position of the Ball
To start your golf shot, what you want to do is position your body correctly relative to the ball and your environment.
If you’ve never done this before, you may feel weird and awkward, but the more you practice, the more you will be able to easily adjust yourself to any sort of terrain and conditions.
For example, if you’re about to perform a chip shot, you won’t need to keep your legs too wide apart and it will be more than enough to help you pull it off. You will also need to lean slightly to your left leg to create the special angle you need to make this shot happen.
On the other hand, setting up a bunker shot means you will need to keep your hands quite wide apart because you will need as much grip as you can to drive the ball out of sand and fall in the process.
Swing with Your Entire Body
When it comes to performing the swing, the important thing to always keep in mind is that you’ll be doing it with your entire body – not just the arms.
So, to pull off a perfect shot, you will need to rotate both your arms AND the torso, so you can generate enough momentum to swing the club fast enough. (This is especially important for initial driving shots, as these need to fly the farthest.)
During the swing, you’ll also want to rotate your torso rather than just flicking your arms about, as this will give you the necessary momentum to send the ball flying where you want it to go.
Do the Backswing
Performing the backswing is simple enough if you’ve positioned yourself well previously.
Once you’ve set your feet firmly on the ground so that the ball is right between your legs and a bit forward, you can adjust your arms to take the shot.
The goal when it comes to adjusting your legs and arms is to keep them slightly bent and the knees and elbows. You must do this because otherwise, you run the risk of having your arms and legs too tightly clenched, which can only backfire. (If your arms are not relaxed, your swing will be stiff and you may end up missing the ball altogether.)
So, to perform the backswing, bring your club to your right side along with your hands and make sure to rotate your body along the way, too. How far back you bring your club depends solely on how strongly you want to swing the club.
Do the Downswing
To perform a good downswing, you’ll have to do everything you did to make the backswing – just the other way around.
What you want to do is start bringing down the club slowly toward the ball, increasing the velocity of it as you bring it closer to the ball itself. As a finishing touch, you want to flick the wrist in the direction of the ball, too, to generate extra power in the head of the golf club. This will have the same effect as the tip of a whip, as you will be able to propel the ball way ahead if you do this correctly.
Of course, as we’ve already mentioned, the amount of power you will be using depends solely on the sort of shot you’re trying to pull off, as well as the distance of the hole. If it’s a mere putt shot, a simple knock on the ball can be all you need. In case you’re trying to pitch the ball – go for a full swing and hit it as hard as you can.
Mind the Weight Transfer
Mid-swing, you must perform the proper transfer of weight from one side of your body to the other because otherwise, you run the risk of completely ruining your shot, which is largely dependent on how well you position yourself.
Generally speaking, virtually all shots in golf require you to transfer your weight from right to left. The only question is to what extent you need to pull off the weight.
Of course, you probably won’t even have to think about this because your body will naturally align itself as you rotate from left to right (or vice versa if you’re a leftie), but it’s still important to keep this in mind in some of the more subtle shots, where the movement isn’t as jerky, so to speak.
The third and last part of every golf shot, whether it’s a wee putt, or a big drive would be the follow-through.
This is the part of the swing that comes after you’ve hit the ball, so you’re just ‘following through with the ball’ as the name of this part of the swing itself suggests.
Now, the great thing about the follow-through is that it pretty much does itself – all you have to do is let your arms and the entire body rotate the rest of the course to complete the movement. So, if a swing was short and gentle, the follow-through will also be short. If the swing was hard, the follow-through also needs to go all the way to the left and up – otherwise you risk losing your balance.
Practice the Bunker Shot
No matter how good you are at the game of golf, every once in a while, your shots are going to fly into the distance and land on surfaces from where it’s difficult to swing the ball back into the game as easily.
Probably the most common surface that represents a problem for many golfers would be sand. Thanks to its properties and the fact that it’s difficult to assume a stable stance on it, sand is notorious in golfing communities, which is why there’s a special shot you need to to drive the ball out of a sandy patch – the bunker shot.
Now, the idea behind pulling off a successful bunker shot would be spread your legs wider than you would usually on grass or other surfaces. This is important because if you don’t do this, you run the risk of losing balance. After all, sand is not the most stable of surfaces to stand on.
So, to pull off your bunker shots, you want a wide stance, a special club (a pitching wedge or a lob wedge if the distance is short), and a strong swing to drive the ball out of the sand.
When it comes to the shot itself, you want to aim to hit the sand that’s slightly behind the ball, so that the ball itself can fly off into the distance more easily.
Practice the Putt
Characterized by small and gentle movements rather than using your entire torso to make the shot, putting is an important component of the game of golf that can mean the difference between a victory and a defeat.
To pull off a good putting shot, what you want to do is bring your legs closer together, choose a special putting wedge, and then swing gently, so that you can control the amount of power you’re using to send the ball toward the hole.
Also, you may need to take the shape of the ground beneath you into consideration, as putting the ball straight toward the hole doesn’t necessarily mean it will go in. (Depending on the shape of the terrain, the ball may go to the side or even come back to you.)
All in all, practicing your swing is all about stance, choosing the right club, and learning how to control your power for different types of shots. These tips may sound simple but they take years to master properly – which can be done with discipline practice and dedication. We hope this article helped you learn more about golf swings and what you can do to improve yours, and we wish best of luck to you in your golfing pursuits.