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Correct Golf Swing Technique

by Robert Preston
    Even Ernie Els uses his caddie on the driving range in a drill that reminds him to keep his head still through the swing.

    Even Ernie Els uses his caddie on the driving range in a drill that reminds him to keep his head still through the swing.

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    Developing a fundamentally sound golf swing is essential for any player seeking to make a serious run at playing scratch golf. Although pros such as Jim Furyk have gained notoriety for reaching the highest levels of the game with swings that would be deemed unsound technically, top players without strong technique are rare. A golfer can achieve proper form only through hours on the driving range, focusing on the key steps of the golf swing.

    Step 1

    Stand behind the ball and pick an object along the line from your ball to the pin that is about 3 feet in front of the ball. This will help you to line up the shot properly.

    Step 2

    Address the ball by resting the clubhead behind the ball, so the face of the club is pointed at the object along the target line.

    Step 3

    Grip the club firmly enough so it will not slip but not so tight that you are straining to hold on.

    Step 4

    Align your feet, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line, and relax your legs slightly so that there is a distance approximately as long as two fists from the end of the grip to your belt buckle.

    Step 5

    Turn your shoulders and hips about your spine, so the club comes back and is cocked over your head, pointing down the target line at the top of the swing.

    Step 6

    Pivot your shoulders and hips forward while shifting your weight toward your front foot, as the club comes forward.

    Step 7

    Swing the club on an angled trajectory, not horizontal and not vertical, and snap through the point of impact with your wrists to add extra pace to your clubhead at the point of impact. The club should travel back down with your arms the same distance from your body as in the takeaway. Allowing your hands to get farther away from you will cause you to hit the ball with the hosel, where the head meets the shaft, leading to an inaccurate shank.

    Step 8

    Follow through the swing after contact, with your weight shifting to your lead foot, your hips turning toward the target and your shoulders turned so that your chest is pointed down the target line.

    About the Author

    Robert Preston is a professional writer who majored in journalism at The College of New Jersey. In addition to work for various websites, Preston has done public relations with Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride organization, where he served as the team's beat reporter.

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