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Golf Swing Tips for Newbies: 3 Things You Must Do To Ensure Proper Golf Swing Physics

Friday, March 12th, 2010

When a new player first begins to play golf there are tons of aspects that need to be learned in order to approach some semblance of efficient play. It’s not surprising because while golf is a lot of fun, it is one of the most challenging sports that you can play. There is always room for improvement whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro. People who love playing golf are always open to new golf swing tips and ideas that are going to help improve their game. New golfers in particular are typically searching high and low for beginner golf tips that will speed up the process of improvement.  Newbies should be sure to focus first on their golf swing physics because swing technique is far more important to learn when you are a new at the game. If you ingrain poor habits early on, they are much more difficult to un-learn later on.

When you are trying to manage, understand or improve your swing physics, you are, by nature, working to improve your actual full golf swing.   There are a many things to remember but one of the best golf swing tips you will get regarding how to swing a golf club is to ensure that you don’t make the mistake of snapping your wrist at the top of your backswing.  If you look at photos of the best golfers in the world at the top of their backswing, you will see a flat, straight wrist.  Imagine wearing a watch on your wrist on the hand that holds the end of the golf club.  If you were to slide a ruler underneath the watch face on the back of the wrist, the best PGA tour players’ wrist and hand would be as straight as this ruler.

A lot of high handicap golfers do not keep their wrist flat at the top of the backswing because they don’t know that this is something they should do. If you don’t ingrain this as a habit at the beginning of your golfing career, it is very, very difficult to implement later. Failing to have a straight wrist at the top of the backswing has a negative impact on the consistency of your swing and the impact position of the club head at the bottom of the swing.

If you want to maximize the true intention of the swing physics that were manufactured into your clubs and is also inherent your physiology, you must keep your arm, wrist and hand in line as if they were all one spoke of a bicycle wheel.

Another tip that new golfers are usually unaware of is the need to tense and flex the large muscle groups in your legs and trunk in order to get more power into your swing.  For instance, a subtle thing that most good players know is how to create a resistance coil using their back leg, hip and trunk.  This is a move that you won’t notice unless you look really closely.  However, you can feel it very clearly if you plant your back foot with the intent of not moving it, then turn your body toward and behind the same foot.  Torque builds up in the thigh first, then in the trunk until you’ve reached your body’s limit of flexibility.  This tension is then used in conjunction with the arm swing to create serious golf swing power without undue exertion.

This is one of the coolest aspects of golf swing physics and is also why super thin, short guys on the PGA tour can produce dead straight 300 yard drives without looking like they are trying very hard. If you maximize the efficiency of your own swing mechanics you too can ensure that these same physical processes will occur for you as efficiently as possible. If you ensure that there is a maximum amount of power distributed to the ball you will not have to strain yourself much to produce incredible shots and will look like quite a shark in your foursome. 

The last swing tip you should remember is “Balance!”  You should setup your golf swing so that you are always in balance throughout the swing. Proper front to back and left to right balanced motion is a by-product of an accurate, under control, efficient golf swing.  Great balance also produces great tempo.  A professional golfer’s tempo always makes it seem like they are merely making a practice swing.

In the department of “under promise – over deliver!” I will provide you with one more magical beginner golf tip that newbies should focus on: Proper alignment at setup.  Alignment is key because you can have a million dollar Golden Tee swing, but if you have poor alignment with respect to your target path you will still produce a two-bit shot.  The best thing to do when you set yourself up prior to a swing is hold the golf club across your feet, knees, waist and shoulders to very quickly determine whether each section is perfectly pointed to the target prior to the swing.  If you do not get into this habit, you may eventually notice that your eyes will trick you into thinking that you are properly aligned when you are not!

Take these pointers with you the next time you head to the driving range.  This game of golf will never become boring because there is always an area or two we can get to work on and improve.


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