Basic Body Movements You Need To Learn For Your Golf Swing And Putting
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Golf Swing Phases
The Golf Swing: Phases Of
Your Tee-off, Putt, Or Any Other Swing
Picture yourself in this scene at the first tee of a golf course.
Don’t despair! Below, you will learn an orderly solution to this confusing state of affairs as you attempt to tee-off, putt, chip, pitch, or play any other type of golf shot.
Summary of Phases
Here is a brief listing of the phases given in more detail below. In time you will blend some of them together as one phase. But, never develop thoughts which jump back and forth among these phases. This is what causes golfers to worry about remembering that checklist of 15 or more golf swing tips.
Phase Brief description linked to more detail
1. Choose the best club for distance or heightl
2. Position your feet for the ball position and for direction to the landing spot.
3. Take hold of your golf club in your preferred grip with the bottom 2 grooves of the club face pointing straight outward from your belt buckle, breast bone, and nose. (Note this is for a basic starting or address position.)
4. Set up your posture according to the length of your club. Focus on the angles of your ankles, knees, hips, and your arms at your shoulders.
5. Snug your body for control.
6. Where is your spine position relative to the golf ball.
9. Follow-through: happens automatically if you have started Phase Eight correctly.
A note about Focus and Change of Focus
This is the 3rd article in my series which will lead you towards good putting, chipping, and swing skills.
In my 2nd article I introduced you to the idea that most of our poor golf skills come mostly from one wrong thought which is buried in our subconscious thinking. Much of what I have taught my golf students is designed to replace that wrong thinking with a better thought which can become part of our subconscious control of the golf swing.
This article will give you an overview of a very important part of your golfing — what to think about when you try to hit that white round “thingy” on the ground (or in the water or off the neighbor’s flower bed.)
By following a regular pattern in your effort to hit the golf ball you will be able to give more attention to overcoming that subconscious, natural desire to push your golf club through the ball to make the ball get to point B.
You will learn about a basic step-by-step process that you can follow for every golf shot. This is a bit lengthy but it covers some important ideas.
I want you to know these phases before you get into my putting and swing instructions. These lesson modules are given in a way which follow these phases. You will be able to apply them in your current golf outings. You will also be able to practice these phases in a limited way if you practice putting on your carpet at home.
This process separates a lot of things you try to remember into a consistent order of events which will become a habit for you to follow without giving much thought. In fact, at each phase you will eventually focus on 1 or 2 ideas which will act as a guide for doing that phase with very little thought.
Many of these phases are given in a way so that you can:
Your thoughts will be so organized that you will not feel like you are running through a checklist of 20 to 50 tips that have you fidgeting at the ball as you try to remember what to do.
Optional Phase — PRACTICE SWINGS away from the ball or tee-off:
What is THIS?!!!
A pause in the steps
Everything you have done in the phases listed above has been to prepare you for the next 2 phases. You do not have to rush through the above steps. But, you do not want to take too long at each stage. Now, you are about to carry out the motion phases which can last less than 3 seconds.
If you carefully prepare yourself in the above phases you will be ready for the stresses you will experience in the takeaway and return swing movements.
Above, I use the word, "focus". In each phase you are to focus on the purpose of that phase and on any steps you follow for that particular phase. When you have completed the step(s) of a phase you then change your focus to the steps and purpose of the next phase. You keep doing this until all the phases have been completed.
Phases 1 to 6 can be methodically thought out for every golf swing you do for the rest of your life. Phases 7 to 9 happen quickly in which you respond to a feeling or to 1 or 2 key thoughts which you have practiced. You practice the steps of each of these last 3 phases at home and at practice facilities.
You can use my swing instructions or my exercises to teach your mind the steps in slow motion. The more your mind can automatically remember the steps then the better it can direct and guide your muscle movements during the quickness of the actual golf swing.
Why Should You Practice These Phases?
In my lesson modules I will make frequent references to this process as it applies to putting, chipping, pitching, and the full swing.
These phases are a good starting point for you to learn as you venture forth to learn to golf or to become a better golfer. You will eventually develop your own process for playing a golf shot.
Practice these phases at home until each of them becomes automatic. You will begin to pick a one-word thought or phrase which helps you to remember each step.
As you become adept at completing the whole routine you will begin to see a panorama picture of your body, the ball, the target destination, and the surrounding golf course or driving range scenery.
Your goal is to be able to walk up to a tee or the ball in the grass, set up to the ball, and make minor adjustments until you feel comfortable and until you see the desired “picture”. As soon as you see the “picture” and feel comfortable you will execute your golf swing before you have time to fidget or to get apprehensive.
Apprehension causes nervousness which causes tension which inhibits your golf swing. Someone says relax or be loose and the next time you flop around like a rag doll and wonder why you hit a poor golf shot.
Practice these phases and you will build confidence that you will make your best swing most of the time.
Glen Osborne teaches his golf program for Ladysmith, BC
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Basic body movements are fundamental to a good golf swing.
You develop some good golf swing skills and you hit many good drives at the driving range. You arrive at the golf course and you get very few good hits. The golf course scenery can cause this in an unusual way. One logical but wrong thought... Find out more.
Updated by Glen Osborne Jan. 11, 2009
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