6 Piece Golf Swing

Put your swing together correctly




#1 THE SETUP

The setup is the first piece of this puzzle. So, let's start from the ground up. Generally speaking, your right shoe should be square and your left toe should be flared. A square right foot creates an environment for your lower body to remain relatively passive during puzzle pieces 2 and 3 (you'll see on the next pages). However, if you struggle turning during the backswing, experiment with flaring your right foot like mine. This will give you more range of motion to turn properly. As for the left toe, some flare allows you to clear your lower body through impact and to the finish. Your knees at address should be slightly flexed. This helps to create an athletic and balanced setup.

Most Tour pros start with a neutral grip. Both Vs formed by my thumbs and index fingers point to my right ear. This allows you the best opportunity to square the face at impact so that your ball starts relatively close to your target line.

The left arm should be extended at address and that extension should be maintained through the entire swing, all the way up to the finish. The right arm should start soft, allowing for a smooth takeaway. Finally, it's imperative to create spine tilt at address. You want some tilt for irons, and more for fairway woods and the driver. Follow these steps for a good setup, and you'll get your swing off to a great start.

#2 TAKEAWAY

The takeaway is one of the most misunderstood pieces of the golf swing. The goal here is to start the club on a good plane. Unfortunately, most amateurs take the club too far to the inside. This occurs because the hands don't cock properly and the shoulders turn too quickly. Instead, when you take the club away, your hands should start to hinge immediately when your arms start moving. Also, your weight shouldn't shift much during the takeaway. Notice the angle between my left arm and the shaft when the shaft reaches near horizontal. That's what you want, and there's no need to shift, slide or force your weight over to your right side just yet. This hinging of the wrists will really allow you to create speed where it counts during the downswing.



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