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Perfecting Your Swing

Hayes and Jarvis Blog Team October 30, 2013

Jebel Ali Golf Course

Of course getting out on the green is the goal, but first you have to perfect your swing. Here are a few simple tips to make your swing look entirely effortless.

Setting up your body to take the shot is perhaps the most important step for your perfect golf swing. First you need to aim correctly by keeping your club facing square to the target. Next, stand in a relaxed position with your arms hanging by your side. Fit a club comfortably into your left hand, then extend your right hand and place it on the handle below your left. Grip the club firmly, but not tightly. The ball should be in the middle of your stance for medium range shots and closer to your front foot for longer shots. Set your feet according to what club you have chosen, then set up your shot; your club should point along a line directly to your target. Last but not least, remember to keep your head steady, visualise each shot, and picture how the ball will move through the air.

The first two feet of your swing are the most important. After this, the rest should follow. Start with your takeaway swing, which is a slow, smooth swing. Move your hands, arms, shoulders, and hips simultaneously as you transfer your weight to your back food.

Let your arms swing backwards and concentrate on turning your shoulders until your left shoulder moves into the position your right shoulder initially was. As your body moves, your wrists will point your club head toward the sky. At the top of this move your club should be parallel to the ground and pointing toward the target, your shoulders square to the target.

Focus on hitting the back of your ball (visualising hitting through the ball) and opening your shoulders on impact will help you hit the ball better. Keep your downward swing smooth and don’t slow down.

After your club has hit the ball, it is important to follow through with your swing. This can determine what line the ball flies in. Visualise the target and keep your swing on that line for as long as possible. Your chest should face your target, your right foot should be visible, and your elbows should finish in front of your body.