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Hitting the Ball and Perfect Swing

Feb 3, 2015 11:26 PM

Rhythm of the body and complete harmony are both “must” if one wants to develop effective golf swing. Knowing to hit the ball correctly will increase the chances of the ball landing in the intended destination, and will maximize the control one has over the club.

It is important to stand in a way in which one is comfortable and relaxed. Golfers will generally try to relax prior to taking shot.

Different stances are required for each shot in the Golf. Three most common stances are square stance, closed stance, and open stance.

Square stance is the standard stance and is the one that is recommended for maximum control. In this stance feet are equally distanced from the line of flight.

Closed stance is used to draw or hook the ball and in this stance we put left foot closer to the line of flight than the right foot.

Open stance is utilized to slice the ball to the right of the intended destination. In this stance we put the right foot closer to the line of flight than the left foot.

In order to do a swing properly, legs need to be planted firmly on the ground with feet being approximately shoulder width apart, it is necessary to keep knees slightly flexed throughout the swing. Weight should be distributed evenly between the left and right feet, and between the heel and the ball of the foot.

The state when the left foot is rolled over to the inside of the right foot, and knees slightly bent while keeping majority of weight on the right foot, in this initial stage and starting the swing is known as the backswing. If we do not put the majority of weight on the right foot we will not have enough power for the proper swing.

After that we should make a short pause before starting the downswing, to ensure that we do not take shot too quickly and ruin the rhythm. This way we are increasing our chances of hitting the ball to our intended destination.

This is the time when we should also notice the positioning of our body: a leading side arm and shoulder should be parallel to one another, and trailing side arm should form a right angle.

When starting the downswing we need to keep wrists on the same angle as when taking the backswing, in order to minimize the risk of hooking or slicing the ball.

In order to ensure that the ball travels in a straight line, rather than going left or right due to the slice, one needs to keep the head of the club straight through the ball.

Keep your eyes of the ball and keep your head still while swinging the club. This way you will be sure that you are looking at the same section of the ball throughout the entire swing, which also helps in order to keep the head of the club going straight through the ball.

Follow the same basic fundamentals of grip, stance, and posture as you do for putting and all short game shots (described in the next article) for the full swing. Grip- the most important part of the grip is that the handle of the club lies in your fingers and not in the palm of your hands. This is will allow you to release the club using your hands in conjunction with the rest of your body. Overlapping grip, interlocking grip or a ten-finger grip as described earlier in the articles can be use based on your own choice and strength. Most players use the overlapping or interlocking group, because it provides a greater control as the main reason for their choice.

Posture & Stance: Your stance for the full swing should be determined by the distance, which maximizes both the balance and power of your golf swing. The insteps of your feet should be shoulder apart. Use a wide stance for the longer clubs like the fairway woods and driver. While remaining in a perfect balance your stance should permit you to make a full swing. The posture should go with the stance and allow you to be strong while making movements to the club. The secret is matching lower body to the torso so that the two can work together in the golf swing. Most importantly having the confident is also important, while taking a swing.

In addition, one of the most common mistakes for amateurs is not maintaining the same distance form the ball on every shot. Standing too close or too far can affect your swing significantly. If you are too close you are in what is known as a “locked” position, which can cause too much of a lifting movement in the swing. If you are too far form the ball, it will force you tot reach for the ball and will give you the tendency to lift and change your spine angle throughout the swing. Make sure you are confident enough to allow your body with any movement and relax your mind to focus on your shot.