What are Good Golf Swing Drills for a Beginner?
What’s in the Bag?
If you are a beginning golfer, the first thing you want to make sure is that you’ve got the right size club length.
Borrowing a friend’s golf clubs is not a great idea for long-term use.
Visit a golf-club fitter or pro shop to ensure you get a proper fit for every club in your bag to help guarantee consistency with your swings, be it a driver, a long, or short iron.
Also make sure you choose the right diameter golf grip for your hand size.
The first thing you want to focus on is your stance.
Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart to give yourself a good, stable base.
Knees should be bent slightly.
The ball will be somewhere between the middle of your stance and the inside of your front foot, depending on the type of shot you want to hit.
Make sure you have a proper golf hand grip with interlocking or overlay hand grip.
This is one of the most basic components of golf swing drills.
You want to concentrate on the ball during your swing, taking care to not lift your head up during the process of the swing, which will result in a poor golf shot.
This can be more difficult than it sounds, but the desire to immediately see the travel path of your ball is too much for some players to overcome.
Some pros suggest picking a point directly behind the ball to focus on during your swing.
One good golf swing drill would be to count to three after your swing comes to rest before lifting your head to see which direction the ball has traveled.
Aspects of the Swing
As you begin to swing, you will bring the club head straight back on an even plane that will continue over your shoulders.
If you are a right-handed player, your left arm should stay mostly straight and your right arm will bend with your right elbow being tucked into your torso.
Ideally, at the apex of your backswing, the club shaft will be parallel with the ground.
Your hips will rotate towards the ball, approximately perpendicular with the ball and your stance, while your back leg remains straight and your front knee bends inward toward your stance.
Then, at the top of the back swing, you shift momentum; bringing your hands down and having your back hip follow through with your hands through the ball.
Ideally, the clubface will strike the ball at a perpendicular angle to your stance, or toward the intended target.
Your follow through will carry your torso through your original stance and come to rest with your torso facing parallel toward your target.
Good golf swing drills construct an indicator of your position at the end of your swing.
Lay a club parallel with the intended target on the outside of your front foot.
Did your torso remain parallel with this at the end of most of your swings?
If you are striking the ball off the tee, the driver club head should have minimal contact with the ground.
In the fairway, most golf swing drills would suggest the club head striking the ground and following through slightly below the depth of the ball, leaving a divot after follow-through.
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Practicing your swing is of course the most important of all the golf swing drills for beginners.
Utilize a system for remembering the basics for all of the clubs in your bag.
Hit the driving range as much as you can and remember to focus on these basics.
It is always beneficial to visit a professional golf practice facility where they may have the capabilities to record and analyze your swing and help correct any problems that might be difficult to figure out on your own.
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