(Changed - 17/08/2012)
two important items to get you on the way to playing very
good golf is to address the ball in the correct manner and
also to set the correct golf grip.
the golf grip should be first, but nevertheless I will start
with the address position and cover the golf grip later in
THE ADDRESS POSITION.
Begin the set up by standing tall and erect, with the feet
at least shoulder width apart but with the left foot slightly
further back than the right foot so that you have an open
( If your stance is too narrow, the lower part of your
body will sway too easily.)
Your right foot should be slightly angled to the right at
about five degrees from the straight position.
However the left foot should be angled to the left at approximately
forty five degrees.
From this position introduce a very slight bend in the legs
and simultaneously allow the upper body to lean slightly forward.
( Just stand tall, with a very slight bend at the knees -
you must not bend over too much.)
Once you have completed this action, you must then form
the muscles of the lower body into a taut condition thus creating
a solid base on which to rotate the upper body unit.
The next important step is to set the sideways angle of
the upper body so that it is slightly tilted to the right,
thus ensuring that the right shoulder is lower than the left
shoulder. (This allows the right hand to comfortably grip
the club whilst still maintaining a slight bend in the right
This slight tilt of the upper body will also assist in
setting the head so
that the left eye is well behind the ball position.
However once these upper body angles have been set, they
must be maintained throughout the complete golf swing movement.
Next, allow the shoulders to slump before pulling the
arms close together. Then make the chest, the shoulders and
the upper back muscles into a taut condition, thus forming
a very compact upper body unit. (See "Formation of
Upper Body Unit" below)
Next, pull the elbows tight against the body and make the
muscles of the forearms into a firm condition.
(To set the arms in the correct position, allow the elbows
to move slightly away from the body but still keeping the
upper arms touching the chest cavity.)
( Holding the forearms in a very firm condition will ensure
that the shoulders, the arms and the golf club move away from
the address position as a complete one piece unit.)
Finally, the hands
must be set slightly to the left of the centre of your body.
so that when you look at the ball the club head and the hands
are to the left of the centre of your body.
Place the club head behind the ball whilst ensuring that your
head is well behind the ball.
To hit the ball straight, set the feet, hips, shoulders
and the head
Parallel to the target line and with the face of the club
square to the target line.
If you are addressing the ball correctly it will feel
as if you have adopted a slightly open stance, you have not
but that it how it should feel.
If you dropped a plumb line from the left eye directly
to the ground, the point where the indicator touches the ground
should be approximately six inches away from the ball position.
You will also note that the hands and the club head are also
to the left of the position where the plumb bob is directly
Therefore during the down swing movement you must keep
the head firmly held in this position so that the left eye
remains well behind the ball position, and importantly whilst
the head is firmly held in this position -- you must allow
the club head and the hands to pass the original address position
before the ball is struck.
Formation of the Upper Body Unit
After you have set the upper body at the correct angles,
the elbows must drawn as close together as is physically possible
and the muscles of the chest, the shoulder and the upper back
must be formed into a taut condition.
(Once the upper body has been set in this compact condition,
it is absolutely vital that the upper body unit remains in
this very compact condition throughout the complete golf swing
Holding the upper body unit in this compact condition is very
difficult to achieve at first, especially as the club head
is about to strike the ball, but with concentration the upper
body unit can be held in this condition throughout the complete
golf swing movement.
When you have completed the set up routine, you must then
focus on keeping the right shoulder/right upper arm as the
focal point, so that as the compact upper body unit rotate
into the back swing movement the golf club is pulled to the
end of the back swing movement.
It is absolutely vital that the head does not move away
from the position it is set at the address position at any
point in the golf swing movement -- you have to learn how
to transfer the weight of your body first of all onto the
right foot as you perform the back swing, and then onto the
left foot as you perform the down swing movement without allowing
the head to sway away from the original address position.
It can be done, you simply have to concentrate on the
Alignment of the Forearms
It is vital that the forearms are set in the correct position
at the address position, because this is the position that
the forearms will automatically return as you perform the
down swing movement.
To set the correct position is a simple task.
The important thing is that when you grip the golf club,
you must ensure that both palms are square to the target line
- or to explain it another way, the right palm is squarely
facing the target point and the back of the left hand is also
squarely facing the target point -- This ensures that both
forearms are in a neutral position -i.e., square to target
For example, at the address position, if you were holding
the golf club with a strong grip, both forearms would be partially
rotated in a clockwise motion prior to beginning the back
Similarly, at the address position, if you were holding
the golf club with a weak grip, both forearms would be partially
rotated in an anti-clockwise motion prior to beginning the
back swing movement.
Therefore because the forearms automatically return to
the neutral position at the point of contact, by setting the
forearms in a neutral position at the address position you
will dramatically increase your chances of hitting the ball
in the direction that you are aiming.
It is important to have
the correct grip, so either before you set the upper body
position or after, a correct grip must be seen a priority
to playing good golf therefore you
have to find the correct balance between a strong grip and
a weak grip -- anything extreme with the gripping of the golf
club will create their own problems.
Although you can get by with a strong
grip, when you come under pressure to hit a straight shot,
it will inevitably cause you to hook the ball.
Similarly if you have a weak grip, although most of the
time you can get away with a weak grip, when you come under
pressure to hit a straight shot, it will inevitably cause
you to slice the ball.
Therefore you have to find a compromise between the two
Set up of the lower body.
The muscles of the legs,
the thighs and the buttocks must held in a firm condition
and the right leg must remain
in a permanently rigid but slightly bent condition during
the back swing movement and in addition, the heels of both
feet must remain firmly on the ground throughout the back
swing movement and finally, the hips
will rotate away from the frontal facing position but they
must not sway away from the original address position at all.
Stand with the buttocks sticking out to the rear, and
with the back straight, but the legs must remain slightly
These actions will ensure that the lower part of the body
puts up the maximum resistance to the rotational movement
of the shoulders as the back swing movement is performed.
Alignment of the Feet
It order to set up the feet so that the toes are Parallel
to the Target Line, place a golf club on the ground so
that the golf club is running parallel to the target line
and then simply use the golf club on the ground as a guide
to the feet placement but the angle of each foot is different.
Your left foot should be slightly angled to the right at about
five degrees from the straight position, however the left
foot should be angled to the left at approximately forty five
degrees from the straight position.
Alignment of the club face.
1) Place the club on the ground behind the ball and adjust
the clubface so that it is square
to the target area.
2) Leaving the club in the same place, align the shoulders,
hips, the feet and the head in accordance with my instructions.
3) Forget totally about which direction that the ball
will go and concentrate solely on hitting the ball in accordance
with my instructions.
Position of the ball.
When playing the driver, the ball must always be positioned
adjacent to the left heel so that the ball is positioned at
the bottom of
the swing arc.
With all of the other clubs, the ball gradual move back
in the stance in very small steps.
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