How to Swing a Golf Club For Beginners. And in 5 Steps.
You’ve probably been told that you need a professional instructor, a home course, fitted golf clubs, high performing golf balls, and of course, proper attire to start playing golf! And truth be told: the only thing you actually need to start playing golf - is your golf swing!
And since, you’ll use the exact same swing for every club in your bag (minus your putter) - your golf swing really is your most important golfing asset!
So, since you’re here right now, something tells me you’re eager to get going with golf! Because, not that many people who would be searching for “How to Swing a Golf Club for Beginners” without actually wanting to get out on the golf course!
While the reality is that most instructors would teach you a number of common technical things about your angle, having your head down and keeping your arm straight. But it’s been my experience that all golf swings are based on 5 principles, and the rest is unique to you!
In fact, there aren’t any players on tour with identical golf swings. And while each and every players has strengths and weaknesses in their swing, they all rely on the same 5 fundamentals that I’m going to teach to you today!
So without further ado… let’s jump into how to swing a golf club for beginners!
Oh, and this post comes with a checklist to prepare you for the golf course! Click below to get your copy.
How to Swing a Golf Club For Beginners
Step 1: Find your grip. You’re grip is the only connection you’ll have with the golf ball. There are 3 commonly recognized grips: The Interlocking Grip, The Overlocking Grip and the Baseball Grip. If you’ve played any sports, the Baseball Grip will would feel the most natural to you, but I prefer the Interlocking Grip. Any grip can work for you - just remember to be consistent with it across your clubs.
Step 2: Address your stance. Where you feet are in relation to the ball will help with either leverage, power, or both! This is actually a fun one, because it's not about the swinging motion directly, but it will directly impact how well you make contact with the ball. In short, your feet will be placed at different points depending on the distance you need to go:
Driver and any club off the tee: align the tee/golf ball with your front foot. This gives you power and leverage with your longest, lightest club (driver) to launch (drive) you further down the course. (Left if you're a righty and right if you're a lefty!)
Irons, woods and wedges in the fairway/hazard/out of bounds: align the golf ball with your belly button! This means your feet are shoulder width apart and you'll have a foot on either side of the golf ball.
The Green: Although not directly related to your golf swing (because you don't swing on the putting green - you putt on the putting green) your feet are pretty much together or just about one fist length apart.
Overall, you always want your feet to be just wider than your shoulders, except when you’re putting, in which case they should only be about a fist apart!
Step 3: Bend your knees + hinge at your hips. If you were to get your golf club in hand according to the grip that works best for you, and address your stance, and then just bend at your knees, you wouldn’t be anywhere near the ball! You actually need to bend at your hips allowing for an angle of your torso (typically around 35 degrees!). This will also enable you to swing along a diagonal plane rather than a straight up and down circle.
Step 4: Rotate through your core. It’s easy to see why when watching a golf swing many people think the power is in your arms and legs. But the truth is that it’s actually in your core - rotating from side to side. So step 4 is to twist through your core rather than just move your arms!
Step 5: Hit a finishing pose. A golf swing requires a full circular movement in order to have maximum power. This means, you need to hit your finishing pose with every swing. Without it, you give up on the ball, and this will be reflected in where the ball lands (generally speaking, less in distance than you wanted). Your swing won’t always feel perfect — you might hit the ground a little sooner, or their might be debris in your way, but that shouldn’t prevent you from training to get your ball where you want it to go!
The 411 on Practicing
If you’re really new to this sport, golf can be overwhelming! But it’s 100% possible not only to teach it to yourself but also to get really good at it… I’m thinking of Bubba Watson on the PGA Tour right now with 12 tour victories and never having taken a professional lesson.
In order to do this though, you’ll have to do your research and put in the time! And with everything happening in the world right now, courses maybe reluctant to have people there practicing. So in this blog post, I’ve recommended a few indoor practice items!
I suggest trying to practice for about 30 minutes/3 times per week - pick your favorite golf club to start. And don’t forget to work on your putting too!
RECAP: How to Swing a Golf Club For Beginners
And that’s how to swing a golf club - in 5 steps!
Let’s quickly recap them, by checking this really cool gif on Tiger Woods across time!
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