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Getting The Basic Golf Swing Right First Time

Aug 17, 2007
Here's a tip that will solve your basic golf swing woes. There's is no magical solution that will instantly transform you into a zero handicapper overnight. However, combining a number of techniques will shave those unwanted strokes off your golfing handicap.

Executing the perfect shot takes practice and more practice. That's it. If you are just starting out as a golfer and you're about to tee off with a driver, it doesn't take brute strength to belt the ball 250 yards down the fairway. The art revolves around knowing what each club is designed to do. Each club is designed to perform a role at various distances and lies and once you get into the habit of using specific clubs for specific roles, you'll marvel at just how simple this game of golf can really be.

A good starting point if you are serious about improving your game is to get advice. Whether it's professional tuition or just having a friend watch you go through the movement and point out any flaws. Positioning your body in the correct way is a step in the right direction. When executed correctly, it can look like poetry in motion but it also must be pointed out that once you nail down the basics, then some minor adjustments can be made to best suit you.

Mistakes many golfers make is thinking too much about how they are going to approach hitting the ball. Really, with practice, the swing should come naturally; it should be executed through memory because you'll be amazed how many changes of thought you can have during the process of playing a shot. Again, practice is the key and one method taught to me was picking a spot on the fairway or driving range and continually trying to land the ball on that spot. Concentrating on where you want the ball to land rather than concentrating on your swing. Once you've committed to memory the natural action with one club, perhaps a driver, then start on another, until you've gone through the entire set. This is a process used over time but is very effective and before you know it, you have a memory bank full of golf shots you can draw from when faced with a corresponding play.

Exercises are an important part of golf, particularly for those keen to get out of the hacker stage. There are some simple golf exercises designed to stretch certain muscles and it would be wise to perform these before teeing off. A golf shot action is not the most natural movement a body can make and warm up exercises are designed to condition the body. Exercises like arm circles, mid section twists and even touching your toes; simple but effective in getting you away safely on the first tee. And don't forget to keep doing these exercises occasionally during your round.

The basic golf swing doesn't have to be complicated. It's not hard to master. Doing it right with practice early on will train your mind and when committed to memory, getting it right will be the least of your worries.
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Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster with an interest in a wide range of topics. Golf is one of his passions. Visit target="_blank">www.www.golfinfoline.com
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