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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.

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