ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Golf Swing Instruction

Updated on April 23, 2013

The most common aspects related to golf, including alignment, posture, ball position and grip, are widely spoken about in sports circles. They are spoken about so much that they have been in fact overdone by most golf experts. However, we're going to stick to the fundamentals of golf swing instruction, and by that I mean the four crucially important factors to ball striking: plane, face, radius, and centering. These are essential factors you'll want to proficiently master in order to cut down your golf handicaps. And although these are important, these aspects are often neglected by golf experts. Surprisingly, even if you have the smallest setback in any one of these four factors, you might end up slicing, hooking or mis-hitting shots, even if you are to demonstrate good posture, grip, alignment and ball position.

Golf Swing Instruction for the Plane

In golf, the ‘plane’ can be defined as the angle taken by your club during address. Viewed from a different perspective, your swing should be almost circular in shape though not a pure circle. When looked from down the target line, the circle should appear tilted in the same angle of the club shot during address. This is the region where you'll get a direct and highly powerful route back to the golf ball.

While approaching the ball on the downswing, the club must remain in this predefined plane. And although your swing plane can change from the height of your waist during your downswing and to the same height during your finish, the club must travel in the same plane during address to achieve a solid shot. Most accomplished golfers bring back the club to the same plane of address at the bottom of their swings, but let's move onto the next step in this golf swing instruction.

Golf Swing Instruction for the Face

It is important for golfers to gain complete control over the clubface during impact. This can be achieved in the following way. See to that your hands remain in the same position during address as well as during contact with the ball. However, there is nothing wrong, if it is a bit forward. If you are able to return your hands to the same position, you can guarantee that the clubface points to the same direction as it was while setting up.

But there are three types of grips are you'll see among players, namely the weak, neutral and strong kinds of grips. If the hands are to the left of the grip, you can call it weak, hands in the middle of the grip is neutral and on the right side of the grip is the strong one. No one can say which one is the best; the choice depends on what comes to you naturally and which one you are comfortable with. And if you analyze the nature of grips of different accomplished golfers, it is surprising that most of them perform well with shots regardless of the type of grip they display. The reason is that the nature of your grip is less important when compared to the strategy you employ during address. For example, if you have a strong grip during address, you should not resort to weak grip during impact. If you do this, you will let the clubface open up during impact.

Golf Swing Instruction for the Radius

You can think of the radius as the distance from your left shoulder to the end of the club shaft. Otherwise, this can also be interpreted as the center of the golf swing to the outer edge. You need to maintain the radius by ensuring that the lead arm is in line with your arm at impact. This is known as good timing.

By maintaining the radius, you can execute a solid strike. Some golfers attempt to force the club’s shaft past the lead arm before the impact, but if you do this the club face will travel up and not down thereby becoming a fat or thin shot. If the radius is lost, then it might result in a hook, slice, mis-shot or loss of distance.

Golf Swing Instruction for Centering

When I say centering, I'm talking about your spine and club during address. Golf experts do permit some little lateral movements of the head and spine, but you will see most accomplished golfers maintain a steady center. A steady center can be described from two different angles. If you look from down the line, the forward bend from your hips needs to be constant during the course of full swing when you address the ball. Looked at from a face-on perspective, the spine and head should stay constant while acting as the center for the swing to revolve around them.

In summary, mastering the fundamentals of swing (plane, face, radius, and center) is highly crucial to become an accomplished golfer. While learning to master them, you will see your golf skills rise to new heights.

Have Your say

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)