Like many sports, golf has process which emphasizes what a golfer needs to do when they setup their shot, and how to correctly swing the club. Whether you are a new player or a professional, a checklist will help you to prepare your mind and body for the swing, and deliver consistently good shots without fail.
A checklist also helps you to reliably repeat these actions which allows your body to remember the swing and enable you to do it as if it is second nature.
Here is a brief checklist of some essential principles you need to remember when you perform your golf swing. If you are left handed, make sure you reverse the direction accordingly to conform to your style.
- Make sure your club is flat on the ground and the handle is positioned in front of you.
- The club head should be aimed directly on the ball to ensure that it will be hit squarely once the swing lands on the ball. Your club should also be aimed at the right hole.
- Your left hand must be located on top of the grip, with your left thumb extended down the center of the shaft.
- Your right hand must be able to cover your left thumb, with the palm facing the target hole, and the thumb in the left-center of the club’s shaft.
- Do not hold the club too tightly.
- Your feet and shoulders should be positioned slightly apart for better movement and swing.
- Flex your knees slightly to sustain the swing. It should feel like you are about to jump. This will ensure that you can deliver the right impact when you swing the club.
- Keep your back straight and your chest outward while facing the ball.
- Make sure your arms are not tensed.
- Let yourself feel balanced and comfortable with your position.
- Visualize the passage of the ball to the hole in your mind as a line.
- Make sure the clubhead is facing squarely to the line you created.
- Your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be aligned with the ball’s projected route. Make sure you are on the left side of your target.
- Try doing practice swings to get your momentum going.
- Start your swing with a one-lever motion at the 9 o’clock position, with the shaft located horizontally to the ground.
- Turn your shoulders and let your wrists unlock naturally as the upswing reaches its peak.
- During the top swing, your left shoulder should be under your chin, your body weight sustained by your right leg, and your wrists should be firmly held.
- On the downswing, turn your body to the left and shift your weight accordingly. Once this is done correctly, you will be able to hit the ball far.
- Make sure you retain the angle of your wrists for as long as possible. Once it is time to release your wrists, you will be able to deliver more power.
- Keep your knees flexible to sustain the weight to your left side on the downswing.
- Let your arms, hands, and the club follow your body as it turns. This should look as if you are moving in a circular motion towards the ball. You will hit the ball smoothly if this is done correctly.
- Make sure your left leg is balanced as the ball is struck.
- Your head should be still until you make contact with the ball. For backswing, your head should be still to ensure that your shoulders do not move suddenly upon impact. For the follow-through, keep your head down until the ball makes contact with your club to ensure you can swing accurately.
- Swing your club with a consistent rhythm to reduce potential mistakes.
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