The Swing is Everything: An Introduction to the Golf Swing

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If it goes straight, it’s a miracle!

Take a shot! Here’s the perfect swing.!

Taking lessons with a Pro is your best bet when it comes to actually learning to hit the ball. Learning to position and rotate different parts of your body at the right time is critical and reteaching your body is more difficult than learning correctly from the beginning. This is a mental game too. You will use your cerebral brain and your emotional game. Speaking of smarts, this is a game that’s based a little on geometry and a lot on physics. If you were the one that said, “Why do we have to study math, I’m a Business Major, I’ll never use it”, you’ve probably figured out by now that algebra has practical applications and geometry is handy if you play pool. Guess what? Physics is the name of the game in golf. You want the ball to go far and as much as you think you can just hit it hard, whacking at it is not going to give you the results you want. In fact, knowing how to soften your touch can be as important as that long drive from the tee. We’ll only talk about the basics here, you really need lessons from a Pro and as wonderful as these infographics are, they just aren’t a substitute for someone analyzing your stance, grip and swing.

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The Evolution of the Golf Ball

The Evolution of the Golf Ball

Let’s start with the ball. It is recommended that beginners play with a two piece golf ball. We, personally, would suggest that you get the brightest colors you can find. Unless you are the best beginner in golf’s long history, then your balls are going to end up everywhere (and most embarrassingly, nowhere-that’s known as a whiff, as in, “SH^&** I whiffed the ball, *&%^*”) and the bright colors will help you find it in the desert (where we are), the woods or whatever the topography is where you are. Regardless of what all the advertisements say, lessons with a Pro are going to make more of difference than what ball you purchase. You can count on losing one or two per round of golf for a while, either because you can’t find it (spend no more than 5 minutes, and that’s a long time, looking for your ball) or because it went for a swim in a water hazard. So, we wouldn’t suggest that you spend a lot of money on golf balls to begin with. Jeannine has difficulty following her ball in flight, so she has been using Nitro White Out Balls and thinks that they’re easier to find than white balls. She just bought the Chromax Brilliant Metallic Blue Golf Balls and Della bought the Chromax Shiny Gold Golf Balls. They are supposed to be highly visible because they glint off of the sun while in flight. We’ll let you know how they work out.

An infographic about the Perfect Swing by Lorena Ochoa

The Perfect Swing by Lorena Ochoa

 

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The Perfect Swing

The Perfect Swing

Next up is your clubs, and as we’ve said before, either rent or buy a used set until you are sure that you like the game and you get an idea of what features in a set of clubs work well for you. Let’s talk about the grip. In the infographic it shows three grips, try all three and see which gives you the most control and feels natural.Jeannine uses a baseball grip, also known as the ten finger grip and Della uses the interlocking grip. If you’re working with a Pro, they will also make suggestions, but remember, it’s still up to you to choose which grip you like. Also don’t grip the club like you are Indiana Jones hanging onto a rope over a 1000 foot cliff, try to hold firmly but lightly at the same time, grasshopper.

How to line up your feet for the swing

Once you have the ball teed up and are ready to swing, look at your feet. There are different positions for your feet when you address the ball depending on what club you are using. It’s not just random, yo. When we played last, I, Jeannine, hadn’t played for quite a while and totally forgot about this point and it showed. It will make a difference, so study the chart.

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Par for the Course

Par for the Course

This is where the angles and physics comes in and a little bit of zen. You need to be able to concentrate on what body parts are where and how they should be positioned, when they are that way and at what speed, under specific conditions, they move or don’t move.

Animation of a Golf Swing

Animation of a Golf Swing

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Science of the Course

Science on the Course

If you go to the driving range and hit a large bucket of balls without warming up and stretching, you can bet that the next day your body will let you know in no uncertain terms that you’ve used muscles that you don’t normally use. Your days of thinking that golf is a lazy day on the greens is over. If you want to be good, in addition to the lessons, you can improve your golf ability by improving your overall fitness. Exercises that improve flexibility, endurance, speed and muscle strength, when tailored to the game of golf will help improve your game. Golf alone will improve your fitness too. Read our next article and set of infographics to find out how to up your game physically (mentally and physically with yoga too).

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