In the educational post series, I have explained in detail how to swing golf club and hit the golf ball giving it the trajectory it needs to go into the hole. In easy steps, the basic steps in this post will get you started as a beginner golfer. There will be more strategies that I have shared in other posts but this will get you the start you need.
What is swinging a golf club?
The first step is to understand the definition of ‘swinging a golf club’. In order to hit the golf ball, a player needs to take the club back behind them and then bring it forward in an arc. The club should be perpendicular to the ground at the point of contact with the golf ball. The speed and power of the swing will determine how far the golf ball will travel.
Swinging vs putting: What’s the difference?
It’s important to note the difference between swinging and putting. When you swing, you’re using an arcing motion to hit the ball, whereas with putting, you use a much shorter and direct motion. Both are vital shots in golf, but require different techniques.
Types of Golf Clubs:
There are two main types of golf clubs – one with a big head and long shaft (the woods) and the other with a smaller head and shorter shaft (the irons). The woods are used for long-distance shots, while the irons are used for shorter shots.
The one with a massive head as shown in the image below is called the driver and is used to hit the ball the farthest. The other woods are 3-wood, 5-wood, and 7-wood, which are progressively shorter and have progressively less loft.
The irons go from a 2-iron to a 9-iron, with the higher numbers having more loft. In addition, there is a pitching wedge and sand wedge.
Unlike the driver and the woods, the irons have a loft angle that helps the ball to get airborne. The clubface also has a grooved design which helps with accuracy and spin.
As a beginner golfer, start getting used to the irons. I’d start with a 8 or 9 but a 7 is also great.
The basics of how to swing a golf club
There are four main components to swinging a golf club: the grip, stance, backswing and follow-through.
The grip is how you hold the club and can be one of the most important aspects of your swing. You want to make sure you have a firm grip, but not so tight that your hands are trembling. Experiment with different grips until you find one that is comfortable for you.
Your stance is how you position your feet and body in relation to the ball. You want to be sure that you are balanced and stable, with your feet shoulder-width apart.
The backswing is the part of the swing where you take the club back behind you. You want to be sure to keep your arms straight and your wrists firm.
To make a backswing, make sure you rotate your hips, shoulders and upper body as shown below;
Keep the leading left arm straight
Keep the right hand bent a bit;
The follow-through is the part of the swing where you bring the club back around and hit the ball. You want to be sure to keep your arms straight and your wrists firm.
How to grip the golf club?
There are three main ways to grip the golf club – overlapping, interlocking, and 10-finger.
The overlapping grip is where the pinky finger of the bottom: Interlock your pinky on your leading hand with your index finger on your trailing hand.
The interlocking grip is where the pinky finger of the bottom hand interlocks with the index finger of the top hand.
The 10-finger grip is where allitting the golf ball
When you’re ready to hit the ball, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to be sure to keep your head down and your eyes on the ball. Second, you want to swing the club smoothly and evenly. Third, you want to follow through with your swing.
Finally,hitting the ball is only part of the game – you also need to know how to aim. If you’re just starting out, it’s best to aim for the fairway. Once you get more comfortable with your swing, you can start aiming for the green.
Hitting the Golf Ball:
There are two ways to hit the golf ball – with a slice or with a hook. A slice is when the ball curves to the right (for a right-handed golfer), while a hook is when the ball curves to the left.
Most beginner golfers hit a slice because it’s easier to dotting the ball with a slice:
To hit the ball with a slice, you need to grip the club in your fingers and not in your palm. Place your left-hand low on the grip and your right-hand high. When you swing, make sure to keep your left arm straight and use your right hand to control the club.
Wrap the fingers of your left hand that’s closest to the target and place the hand on top.
Makes sure your left hand covers the club handle like the one shown below with the thumb straight down the front;
Once you have the grip, a very small section should remain between the tip and where your hand grip starts as shown below;
Avoid grips where there is no space at the end as shown in the image below;
The small gap between your hand and the end of the golf club gives you control.
Now let’s talk about how you position your right hand to swing correctly.
As shown in the image below, wrap the fingers of your right hand just below the grip of your left hand.
Make sure your right thumb is straight down the grip as shown below;
You can choose to use the standard grip or the interlock grip as shown in side-by-side image below;
As a beginner, you may be better off mastering the standard grip.
There are two ways to position your feet when hitting the ball – square and open.
To take a square stance, simply place your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel to the target line. This is the most popular stance among’re ready to hit the ball, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to be sure to keep your head down and your eyes on the ball. Second, you want to swing the club smoothly and evenly. Third, you want to follow through with your swing.
When you take an open stance, you position your feet so that they point slightly to the left of the target line (for a right-handed golfer).
Assisting the ball with a hook:
To hit the ball with a hook, you need to grip the club in your palm and not in your fingers. Place your left hand high on the grip and your right hand low. When you swing, make sure to keep your right arm straight and use your left hand to control the club.
How to swing:
You’ll need your whole body, shoulders, torso, hips and core.
Your arms and legs should be in sync as you make your golf swing.
Your timing needs to be perfect in order to hit the ball in the sweet spot. If your timing is off, you will either hit the ball too early or too
Choose the Right Golf Club:
The type of golf club you use will depend on the situation. If you’re trying to hit the ball a long distance, you will want to use a driver. If you’re trying to hit the ball a short distance, you will want to use an iron.
When you’re just starting out, it’s best to use a 3-wood or 5-wood. These clubs are easier to hit than drivers and will help you get the hang of your swing.
As you get more comfortable with your swing, you can start using a driver. Drivers are designed to hit the ball a long distance, so they’re perfect for teeing off.
Finally, when you’re on the green, you will want to use a putter. Putters are designed to hit the ball a short distance, so they’re perfect for finishing holes.
Factor to consider: There are many factors to consider when swinging a golf club, including your stance, grip, backswing, follow-through, and timing.
When you’re just starting out, it’s best to keep things simple and focus on the basics. Once you get more comfortable with the game, you can start experimenting with different techniques.
Aim Straight towards the target:
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