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The Proper Golf Swing Setup in Two Easy Steps

Jul 24, 2008
The mental check off list associated with the typical golf swing setup is far too long. Most amateurs worry about too many factors rather than following a few short steps. The following two easy steps will help you get in the proper golf swing setup each time you step up to the ball.

This setup routine can be broken down into smaller steps. But in essence it has two basic parts. Here are the steps for right-handed golfers.

One, step up to the ball with your weight on your right foot. And two, tilt your back shoulder down slightly.

Step 1: Take Your Stance By Leaning Forward On One Foot

After gripping the club, place it behind the ball. Next, place your right foot behind the ball and put all your weight on it. Your left foot lags behind and offers balance.

This position forces you into a comfortable distance from the ball. Too close and you feel the club pushing into your gut. Too far and you are reaching for the club.

Your Arms Should Hang Straight Down

A second check is the location of your arms. Once you have established the proper distance from the ball your arms will hang straight down. Gravity helps put them into the proper position. Do not force them closer to your body or away from your body.

Look Downrange While Placing Your Feet

Turn your head to look downrange as you place your feet. Taking your stance in this manner engages more of your senses. It dynamically helps you to square up to the target.

Shift your weight back and forth while you are looking at the target. Feel the bottoms of your feet making contact with the ground. Focus on the balls of your feet, or the front two-thirds of the foot.

Step Two: Tilt Slightly to the Right

By tilting your right shoulder down it does three things. First, it places a little more weight on the right leg, preparing it for the back swing.

Second, it aligns the right hand in the proper position on the club. The right hand fills a lower position naturally because the right shoulder is now lower.

Third, this slight tilt helps the alignment of your shoulders, arms, and feet to be on the same path to the target.

For a video demonstration of the above steps, click on the link below.

By following the golf swing setup steps in the video you will find yourself playing more often in the fairway and hitting the ball farther.
About the Author
Tim Heeter is a golf coach and author of Golf Training Aids 365, a website helping golfers learn to take control of their golf game. See videos demonstrating this simple two step golf swing setup at his website Golf Training Aids 365 .
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