How To Clean The Golf Swing?

Don’t wing your swing. It’s not just a phrase. It simply won’t do to walk onto that golf course and wing a lousy swing. The right amount of preparation can make sure that the dynamics of your swing are better planned than the next Mission Impossible stunt. While there is a huge debate in and around the existence of the ‘Perfect swing’, it’s definite that every golfer has his or her own swing style. The ideal swing would differ from person to person, their touch of the greens and their response to the environment.  But there are certain key pointers that would make up the arsenal for you to borrow tips from, when in doubt.

Most of us focus on getting the task done with the force of our hands. Since none of us are channeling the spirit of the mighty Hulk, it does not do us much good. For a solid and powerful ball-strike, use your entire body, specifically the lower part of it. A small movement, a precise bend of the knee can help you streamline your energy into the swing of the club. With that in mind, the following run-through will take you through a promising swing at that Ace.

Address: Free your limbs. Stand with your feet apart at a comfortable distance. Lean in toward the ball by angling the spine and pushing the hips back. A slight bending of the knee will help. Hold the club ahead of the toe-line, at the midpoint of your stance. This posture corrects the center of gravity of the body and divides the weight evenly across the left and right side of the body. This is the balanced position. Once this is achieved, re-balancing will be unnecessary and counterproductive. The left hand holds the top of the club grip and the right hand goes after it.

Clubface: Clubface angle from the ground should be between 90 degrees and the spine angle. Leading edge should remain low during the swing or else the club will scoop the ball and guide it upward instead of forward.

Golf-swing Trajectory: The swing, itself, follows an almost circular trajectory. This circular path must not be vertical to the ground. It should be tilted at an angle to the course. This pushes for stable results.

Backswing: A waggle could be useful before you start, provided, it doesn’t disturb your balanced posture. It will help you relax and prepare for the action. Halfway through the backswing, the club should be parallel to ground. At this point, it should also be parallel to the target line. This allows you to form the perfect arc for a formidable strike. As the club crosses the halfway point, the weight gradually shifts to the right side of the golfer. All the while, you must focus on keeping the right arm close to the side of your torso.

Complete backswing: To get to the topmost point of your backswing arc, swing your left shoulder toward right. Hips should turn only half as much as the curl of shoulders. At the apex of the arc, your right forearm would run parallel to your spine. Left knee should lean in slightly to lend force to the club.

Halfway downswing: Leverage minor movement of the lower body to manage the downswing. Lean your right knee toward your left knee. Your head must retain its position behind the toe-line level. At the halfway point the club must be parallel to the ground and the target line. This makes for a certain lag that lets you control the momentum of the club. This is the point where you should assess the speed you want to lend to the swing and, in turn, the ball.

At impact: When the club makes impact with the ball, your left leg must remain erect, while the right side angles at the knees with balance on the toe-tips.  Remaining flatfoot at this point and only changing the angle of the spine to the ground will not invest sufficient force into the swing.

Follow-through: At this juncture, both arms would stretch outward. The right shoulder must swing forward and point downward.

The conclusion of the swing: The momentum of the swing takes the hands behind the head of the player. The shoulders rotate over an angle slightly greater than 180 degrees. Minimal weight rests on the toe-tips of right feet.

Implausible as it seems, the key is to let the club control the ball while you direct the club.  Next time you drool over that enviable swing of Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods, these tips, combined with your style, will give you the ‘One swing to rule them all’.

Janie G. Smith