Welcome to the classic game of golf –an exercise in cunning, patience and unending cursings drifting across the gentle afternoon breeze. Since the inception of this game somewhere in Scotland, the sport has attracted a following of frenzied fanatics.
But even Tiger Woods had to begin somewhere –he just began when he was a newborn. Performing a decent golf swing will require a bit of finesse right from the get go. Any baboon with a bat could smack away at the ball until it eventually plops into its cup, but they would seriously miss out on the point of the game.
So to begin your own trek across the expanse of grass, trees, sandpits and ponds that separate you from your objective way over there. Step up to the tee and begin with Step 1: Consider Your Stance, but first check out The ProZone website.
Step 1: Consider Your Stance
Stand up with your arms hang loosely and take a deep breath, look at your hands. Notice that when relaxed you can see the first two knuckles on either hand -when gripping your golf club try to duplicate this position. Holding the club naturally will ensure the precision of your swing.
Your lead hand – that would be the left hand for right-handed people and, vice versa – will be placed lightly around the club’s handle so you can see the first two knuckles – like when they were hanging naturally. Notice the “V” shape created by your index finger and thumb? This should be pointed to your rear shoulder.
Now place your other hand slightly below the lead hand and make sure your shoulder does not shift its neutral position.
Step 2: Take Aim
Position the face of the club in the direction of the trajectory you hope the ball will travel on its flight toward the green. Your shoulders hips and feet should be positioned exactly parallel to this flight path – accuracy depends on this correct alignment.
Step 3: Position The Feet
Your feet must be positioned shoulder width apart at the address. Right handed golfers will place the ball inline with their left heel – and vice versa. The position of the ball, the extended golf club and the position of the body should form a triangle.
Step 4: Enter The Backswing
Keeping the triangle position in your consideration, begin to move slowly into the backswing. Be aware of each of your body parts shifting position into the golf swing – this will supply you with the feedback at the end of execution that will improve your strokes in the future.
As you observe your body parts moving in unison into the back swing, notice that at the halfway point, between the full back swing and contact with the ball, the club will be run parallel with the target flight path.
Step 5: Drop The BASS
The swing should be executed naturally and deliberately – allow the club to guide the drop but increase the swing with the momentum. Be sure the butt or shaft of the club is aligned with the ball as well – this will increase the chances of striking the ball with the flat face of the club and executing a straight shot.