Ecstasy and agony are what to expect as a beginner into golfing. Growing from a beginner to a better golf player all depends on mastering how to swing. Therefore as a beginner you should exclusively set your focus on the essential aspects of swinging including; the downswing, the stance, the grip and the takeaway.
Gripping the golf club
As a beginner, note that this is the first and foremost component towards a good swing. There are several ways of getting the grip of your liking and whichever your preference is always to hold the club with a relaxed grip or keep the grip pressure moderate.
A relaxed grip ensures that the head of the club turns over while you swing hence granting you high accuracy and adequate distance. The following grips will suit you;
- Baseball grip – as the name suggest it is basic to that of baseball players. Keep your left hand intact as you place it below the golf club and try getting a more secure grip by curling your fingers over the club.This way, the club will be resting where your palm and fingers meet while the left thumb will be pointed towards the club head. On the other angle, bring the right hand below the golf club letting your right pinky finger touch the left index finger as you lightly tighten your grip on the club.
- Overlap grip – this grip offers more stability. It is more of the baseball and thus begins with your hands in the baseball grip formation. The difference comes in positioning the fingers. Move the right pinky finger up making it rest on the top of the index finger on the same hand
- Interlocking grip – In order to achieve this grip with ease; once again start with the baseball grip. Proceed by fitting the index finger of the left hand in between the joint of the ring finger and right pinky finger. You will realize that the left index and the right pinky are interlocking in an “x” formation.
Mastering a steady and balanced stance
The second most important aspect of a good swing is a steady and balanced stance. For such a stance, ensure that your front foot is ahead of the ball by a slightly considerable distance and this will depend on whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
For a left- handed golfer, the hole will be closer to your right foot than the ball is while for a right-handed golfer, the hole will be closer to the left foot than the ball is.
The stance should start off with a firm base support which implies that the feet shoulder-width should be apart and your knees slightly flexed in order to distribute the weight of your body.
Keep the posture of the upper body central with the arms hanging from the shoulders naturally and the back fairly straight. It is also advised that the chin is held up and keep from burying it within your chest in order to achieve optimum balance when you swing.
Additionally, beware of your alignment and you may want to align your shoulders and feet such that the imaginary line between the front and back shoulder is directly towards the target.
Swinging the Club
The basis of an ideal backswing is a proper takeaway. This will only be achieved through giving the club a uniform push with the hands and arms at the very start of the backswing.
When pushing the club, there should be minimal or no movement on the lower part of the body to the point where the club’s shaft is parallel to the ground. Emphasis should be placed on flexion of the back knee which in turn generates greater power on the swing by creating a wider level shoulder turn.
Another important trick while doing this is to keep your eye fixed on the ball. Follow the preceding steps below;
- Keep your hands close to the back leg as you let them straighten back while ensuring that the front arm is As the head of the club shifts backward, the club will be almost parallel to the ground.
- Move on making a slight break in your wrist moving the arms parallel to the ground. In this position, the end of the club should be pointing outside the ball.
- Further rotate your torso back ensuring that the head of the club travels behind your hands and finally bending the front arm slightly at the end of the swing.
The last point that should be considered by a beginner is hitting down on the ball. For an incredible downswing, the club should travel slightly downward just at the point of impact with the golf ball.
For accurate and powerful shots the golfer ought to be good at the downward swing which is not so difficult for a keen golfer. By delivering the clubface in a palm-down posture the golfer will be able to get the ball inaccurate contact with the club face hence a basic downswing.
Common Swinging Mistakes to Avoid
- Avoid hitting the ball squarely; as a beginner, you will often find that you either make a thin or fat swing mainly because your drive does not get adequate distance as you would prefer. The common solution to such a problem is to always keep your head down and fix your eyes on the ball while doing a backswing.
- Avoid the slice; a slice is basically a ball that tends to travel to the left then right depending on which side you strike it. The problem is corrected by bending the knees a little or having them flexed during the back wing
- Avoid the hook; a hook is the opposite of a slice meaning that the ball shifts from the right to the left dramatically during a backswing. It is corrected by hitting the ball from back to front rather than from left to right that gives it a counterclockwise spin.