The Golf Swing Simplified – Part 1
The motion of a golf swing can seem very complicated and if you try to consciously control everything that needs to happen then it really is complicated.
Here’s some good news for you. You don’t have to control everything. There are just a few truly fundamental movements. If you will practice these few things into habit then all the other things will tend to take care of themselves.
Think of your spine as a steady post that extends all the way to the ground behind you. At the top of the post is your head and it must stay steady. If you are in your golf address position, the post will be angled toward the ball from 35 to 45 degrees, depending on the club you are hitting.
During your swing, this tilted but steady post should not “bob” or “sway”. By keeping the post steady, you keep your hips and shoulders centered between your feet. This will produce a centered arc for your swing and will accurately return the clubhead to the ball time after time.
Your legs are responsible for supporting and stabilizing the post. If you keep your feet flat on the ground and minimize the movement in your knees until after club impact with the ball, then the post will tend stay steady.
Common errors that would contribute to a golfer’s inability to maintain a steady post would include:
- Poor posture
- An attempt to rotate more than the body’s flexibility will permit
- Faulty hip action and/or shoulder action
- Excessive movement in the feet and knees
- Trying to achieve a preconceived position at the top of the swing (ie. Club parallel to the ground at the top of the backswing)
- A conscious effort to “drive with the legs” in the forward swing in an attempt to create power
- Trying to create an active weight shift
In summary, think of your body as a “steady post” with your head as the top of the post. The head should not “sway” or “bob”. A steady head will give you the best chance to have a steady post and a centered arc that will accurately return the clubhead to the ball.
– Hank Johnson, PGA