The Perfect Golf Swing

Posted by Golf Local On March - 4 - 2011

Step 1: Position yourself in line with the flag

  • Approach your ball and look out for a nearby leaf, small stone or broken tee which is in a direct line between the flag you are aiming for, and your ball.
  • Imagine a line between these 2 reference points and put your club face square to it.
  • Now stand parallel to this imaginary line. You are correctly orientated to begin the perfect golf swing.

Step 2: Grip your left hand correctly

  • Making sure your club is naturally on the ground behind the ball, place it in the left hand so that the shaft lies across the top of the forefinger.
  • It should fit under the heel of the palm, to make space for the stability of the club.
  • Make sure that the little finger is around the grip so that there is no room for the club to move.

TIP! Make sure that the thumb is straight on top of the shaft with a natural grip. You should be able to see 2 or 3 knuckles of your hand. This is the correct left hand grip.

Step 3: Grip your right hand correctly

  • With your right arm hanging naturally, shake hands with the club and settle into the grip.
  • Fold your right hand over the left thumb.
  • The thumb of the right hand on the club should be pointing to the right shoulder.

Step 4: Grip the back of the club correctly

  • There are 3 different ways to grip the back of a golf club – choose whichever feels better for you.
  • The Vardon or Overlapping Grip is by far the most common method used in golf. Place the little finger of the right hand between the index finger and middle finger of the left hand.
  • The Interlocking Grip is where the right little finger and the left index finger are locked together. This is a lot easier for those with small hands as it allows the fingers around the grip. This is the second most common grip.
  • The Baseball Grip is used by people and children with very small hands in order to get all the fingers around the club.

Step 5: Adopt the correct stance

  • The feet should be apart at the same width of the shoulders for a mid iron shot.
  • The feet, the knees, the hips and the shoulders should all be parallel to the target.
  • The right foot should be placed straight forward from the body, at a right angle to the line of flight, so that when you swing the weight will come on the inside of the foot to be able to push away and do the follow through.
  • The left foot is slightly open as this makes it easier for the body to follow through the golf swing.
  • The upper torso should lean forward slightly from the waist, and the knees slightly bend to allow flexibility. This position will make your arms hang comfortably in front of your body, to be able to swing more freely.
  • There should be roughly a hands width between your body and the club. The weight of the body should be on the balls of the feet – not on the heels. Addressing the ball, both arms are straight but relaxed, and the left shoulder is higher than the right due to the position of the hands.
  • To ensure that your shoulders are in the correct position, first place the club in the centre of your chest and lean forward from the waist, unlocking and bending the knees. Now dip your right shoulder slightly until the club touches the inside of your left leg. This is the correct shoulder position.

Step 6: Perform the final swing

  • Now we have the correct orientation, grip and stance we are ready to finally perform the swing.
  • The back swing now starts with rotation – NOT with the hands. The action of the arms starts with the rotation of the body, the hands maintaining the same grip pressure throughout.
  • Practice this rotation movement by holding the club across either the front or back of the shoulders in the set-up position. Rotate the whole body – belly and all – to the right and left as if in a swing.
  • The backswing now starts with the initial rotation – shoulders, hips, hands and arms – an almost simultaneous movement. The shoulders should turn fully, leaving your back facing the target and your weight on the inside of the right foot.
  • The downswing begins by pushing your weight from right to left and rotating the body and hips. This now allows the shoulders, arms and hands to follow, powering the club through impact.
  • On impact the hips are turned with the shoulders parallel to the ball. The movement continues until the whole body is facing the target. The motion should be unbroken from the start of the downswing to the finish of the follow through.
  • The only time that your right foot will move will be immediately after impact – otherwise you won’t be able to swing through.

Remember it is a swing and not a hit.

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How To Set Up Your Stance And Grip For Successful Putting

Posted by Golf Local On March - 4 - 2011

Step 1: Position the putter

Firstly, place the putter head flat on the ground behind the ball, aiming at the target. Let the whole club sole rest on the ground.

Step 2: Adopt your stance

  • Stand parallel to your target, keeping the ball slightly in front of the middle of your stance. This will ensure better connection on your upswing.
  • Your feet should be approximately shoulder width apart. It can be a little less or a little more, as long as you’re comfortable.
  • Now, simply lean forward from the hips until your eyes are directly over the ball. Keep your eye line parallel to your target. This gives you the best position to see where you are aiming.
  • Now, keeping your weight on the balls of your feet, just flex your knees slightly without reducing your height. Yours arms will hang free in front of your body.Tip: Don’t bend at the knees or hunch over the ball. The lower your position, the more difficult to judge the distance.

Step 3: The grip

  • We’re going to show you the two most common grips used by golf pros, or you can use your normal grip if you prefer.
  • Start with your arms hanging naturally, and place your palms on either side of the grip.

Tip: Always grip your club lightly to get the best feeling for distance and a smooth putt.

GRIP 1:

  • The first grip is with your left hand on top and right hand underneath. Simply place your left forefinger over the first two fingers of your right hand.
  • Then, with your thumb pointing straight down, slide it into the groove of your right hand.
  • This grip allows you to control the stroke from the shoulder and not the wrist.

GRIP 2:

  • An alternative is the reverse grip. Put the right hand on top of the left. The right forefinger is over the first two fingers of the left hand.
  • This grip will naturally raise your left shoulder, angling your upper body into position behind the ball.
  • Then slip your right thumb into the groove of your left hand.
  • Some right-handed people find this grip easier to get their shoulders square, leading the swing with the right hand.

For more videos like this please visit www.videojug.com and watch golf videos with Rickard Strongert.

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Friends Forever Golf Tournament

Posted by Golf Local On June - 14 - 2010

The Friends Forever Golf Tournament took place this May at the beautiful Brockport Golf Club. It is the 6th Annual tournament to remember Matt Ewanow, Ryan Proia and Ryan Falvo. There was a great turn out to play and they were able to raise money for local charities.

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Please leave your comments if you participated in the event. Thank you for your support!

If you would like Golf Local to help promote your next golf tournament or event please send email to golflocal@gmail.com.

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Golf Videos – Chipping Tips & Techniques

Posted by Golf Local On April - 18 - 2010

Golf Tips Magazine-Consistent Chipping

Golf Tip: The Basic Pitch; Hank Haney

The Mel Factor Sand Wedge by Simon Golf with Brian Symonds

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Golf Videos -Driving Tips & Techniques

Posted by Golf Local On April - 18 - 2010

Golf Tips: The Driver – How to hit it long

David Leadbetter Longer Drive Golf Tip

Golf Long Game Lesson – More Powerful Driving

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Golf Videos – Putting Tips & Techniques

Posted by Golf Local On April - 17 - 2010

The Putting Sroke

Choosing Your Putting Style

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Golf Videos – Training Tips

Posted by Golf Local On April - 17 - 2010

Golf Exercise – Single Arm Dumbbell Rotations

Golf Strength Training Tips – Mike Pedersen Training System

Pre-Golf Warm Up Exercises For Golf Swing

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