Golf Swing

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Mark Auhl PGA Professional Coaching Method


The Golf Swing

Athletic Motion

The golf swinging motion is essentially an athletic motion. This is the reason that a child of 10,11 or 12 can pick up a golf club and just play and play really well with no instruction. What this child can do is play just about every sport they have ever tried. They can throw a ball, play tennis, play basketball etc because all of these sports and many others, require the basic action of the right wrist (for a right handed player) working back on itself.

In golf, ever golfer wants to hit the ball long and straight. To get the ball to go long and straight, you need to swing the club in a circular arc.

Therefore the primary factors in relation to the golf swing are:

  1. Your torso must rotate around your back leg on your backswing, shift back to your front leg then rotate around your front leg on your throughswing. (Image Left)
  2. Your right wrist must hinge back on itself. (Image Right)
                                   
 

The secondary factors in relation to the golf swing are:

  • Distance from the ball. Even with a good golf swing, if you stand too close or too far away it is difficult to make consistent contact with the ball.
  • Level of your swing. Lean over and do the motion at the correct level for the shot you are about to play. Higher for a tee shot, lower for a greenside bunker shot.
  • Grip. Match your hands up to the clubface so that your arms and hands can deliver the club back to the ball in a consistent position.
  • Ball Position. Place the ball at the point in the arc where the club will be at 90 degrees to the target. This will generally be more on your left side (for a right handed player).

As a general rule, the primary checkpoints are the first things to check, if they look ok, then the secondary factors will be causing the ball flight problems.