Swinging a golf club has several requirements that are unique to the sport. Learning how to swing a golf club means picking up unique movements of the arms. You also need to learn how to space yourself away from a tee and square your legs if you want to know how to swing a golf club properly.

TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN A PROPER STANCE

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The first step when learning how to swing a golf club is to learn what a golf stance is. Learning to swing a club in golf can be especially difficult if you have played baseball before.

In baseball having a tilted stance and transferring weight between your feet can be beneficial to your swing. You are taught to point your toe towards where you want a ball to go. Golf has a nearly opposite approach to controlling where your swing sends a ball.

DON’T POINT YOUR FEET IN GOLF; SQUARE THEM

ANGLE YOUR SHOULDERS TO MATCH YOUR FEET

TEST THE DIFFERENT GRIP STYLES

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One thing few newcomers focus on when learning how to swing a golf club is the grip. A poor grip can change the level of your swing. If you swing an inch below your last swing or an inch above, those inconsistencies can ruin a good swing completely.


Extend your arms all the way out. Put your dominant hand above your other hand on the handle. Many golfers point the thumb or index finger of their lower hand down the handle of the club. This helps them align their arm with the rod, giving them a better understanding of when the head of the club will connect with the ball.


Another option is to use the same grip you would on a baseball bat. Finally, you can choose the interlocking grip by crossing the index finger of your lower hand over the pinky of your dominant hand. There are several grip styles, and the most important rule is just to find one that is comfortable for your arms.


You should not squeeze the handle too tightly. Golf club handles are made of perforated wraps, and shouldn’t slip even if you keep a somewhat loose grip. Because clubs are made of hollow metal, a tight grip can reduce the natural bend and reverberation of a swing.

PRACTICE THE MOTION OF THE GOLF SWING

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All of the advice above weighs into your golf swing, but here we touch on the swing itself. The direction of your feet, the straightness of your arm, and other factors can ruin your swing. When done properly though, they guide you through the proper golf swing motion, which many newcomers say feels strange at first.

ANGLE YOUR SHOULDERS TO MATCH YOUR FEET

FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE FRONT SWING EVERY TIME

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

HOOKS, SLICES, AND CHIPPING THE BALL

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When learning how to swing a golf club, it’s tiny mistakes in your swing that have the largest effect. Squaring your shoulders and feet will do more to give you a consistent swing than anything else. Fully extending your arms and not tilting your body during a swing, however, will improve your accuracy the most.

HOOKS ARE CAUSED BY THE NATURAL PULL OF THE BODY

SLICES

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CLUBS

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The difference between clubs lies in more than their weight or name. Different clubs have different angles on the head. If you believe your swing is good but the launch of the ball is bad, experiment with your full club set.


You may also want to grab a set of golf clubs that are the right length. If the head of the club doesn't consistently align with the center of the ball on the tee, you may need shorter or longer clubs.


You can adjust where you place your hands on a club handle to help deal with this issue as well. It may take some practice to consistently place your hands in the same place every time you’re ready to tee off, though.


As stated, even small shifts in the height of your golf club’s head will be magnified over the long distances a ball travels. If you feel that you consistently connect with the ball well, but don’t feel that your swing isn’t putting the ball where you aimed, test different grips and hand placements to decide if your golf handles aren’t working for you.

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