Golf Setup – The Proper Swing Path

by GolfGist


Inside to square





An inside to square swingpath will generally result in a straight shot. An inside to outside swingpath encoureages a hook. And, an outside to inside swing path produces a slice. The target line is an imaginary line extending through the ball to the target. Your goal is a swingpath that starts on the inside striking the ball while moving slightly to the outside.  Clubface to the ball. Clubface open to ball encourages a slice or fade. Clubface closed to ball encourages a hook


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Proper Alignment for Your Golf Swing


 Use your clubs as alignment aids when you practice. Lay one club on the ground parallel to the target line. Lay another from toe to toe to indicate the direction of your stance. Now, lay another club perpendicular to the target line . extending from the ball back toward your feet. This will indicate the ball position. Examine your alignment and ball position.  Hold a club across your shoulders and check alignment toward the target. Repeat for the hips and thighs. In a square stance the shoulders, hips and thighs should be aligned parallel to the target!


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Proper Golf Setup – The Stance

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  1. To reduce the problems caused by a poor setup. Many swing faults occur from an improper setup. This can cause unnecessary adjustments during the swing. Taking care to position the ball, feet, hips and shoulders properly ensures building a good swing foundation. Testing has shown golfers with open stances show no more tendency to slice than golfers with closed stances. The open stance may give the golfers a little more opportunity to slice, because it allows a little more freedom in the downswing and follow-though. The square stance is used by most successful golfers. Beginners should start with a square stance. As you advance, you can experiment with the advantages of other stances. Avoid extreme stances. Experiment to find the stance that works best for you. Take care to set up consistently on all normal shots.
  2. To start with a proven ball position. Moving a golf ball even two inches forward or back in your stance can make a great deal of difference in shot consistency. Start with the ball a couple of inches inside the left heel. After you master this consistent ball position, you can experiment with other ball positions. However, a ball too far to the front of your stance will increase the chances of a slice by encouraging an outside-to-inside swing. A ball too far back in the stance will make it difficult to get the clubface closed by impact and may cause a push or a push slice.
  3. To achieve the goal of hitting the ball at the bottom of the swing arc. Your drives should be hit slightly on the upswing, iron shots are struck slightly on the downswing. Fairway woods are hit at the bottom of the swing arc.

Do’s and Don’ts
Be sure to check the location of the ball with clubs aligned on the ground. Step away to check that you are positioning the ball properly. Ask someone to double-check your positioning. It is hard, without alignment tape or clubs, to visually gauge the proper placement of the ball.

The Setup Routine for Golf

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Golf Etiquette



Golf’s customs are such an integral part of playing the game, it is important that beginners understand golf’s unwritten “code of conduct.” The consequences of not knowing the rules of the game can be embarrassment, irking your playing partners, subjecting you to expulsion from the course (throwing your clubs), not being invited back to play on the course, to dangerous situations (failing to yell “Fore!” when a shot goes awry). Remember, playing a round of golf should be enjoyable for everyone.


The Fundamentals of Golf

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  1. To develop a simple, comfortable and effective grip. Your grip is the foundation of your golf swing. Make sure your grip is comfortable. It is important to develop a neutral grip that requires no compensations during the swing. The orthodox position with the V.s of both hands (formed by the forefinger and the thumb) pointing between the chin and right shoulder is a good place to start. Very few good players have grips with the V.s pointing very far from this position. If you want a little stronger grip move the left hand over to the right a little.


Your Personal Primer Course on Golf Clubs

A good set of golf clubs is the weapon of choice for the advanced golfer. A complete set of clubs consists of at least one driver, fairway woods (which are now metal woods), irons and a putter. Some clubs in recent years have been replaced with hybrid golf clubs to replace longer irons and fairway metal woods.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) sets the rules of golf. In those rules, it limits the number of golf clubs in a golfer’s golf bag to 14 golf clubs. A classic golfer would have a driver, 2 fairway woods, 7 golf irons, 3 golf wedges and a putter. You will find a different set combination in each golfers bag. Hybrid golf clubs, of late, may replace some of the longer golf irons and fairway woods.

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